"Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to Close on Black Friday"
November 21, 2012 8:01 AM   Subscribe

"Statement from Alice Walton, Chair of The Board of Directors" A spoof. Or is it a hack? Either way, it's spectacularly well-crafted.
posted by La Cieca (8 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Neither spoof nor hack is really be super post-worthy if it's just "person pretending to be rich person says things we'd like to think rich person would actually say". -- cortex

That museum is run by Alice Walton. So it is probably not a spoof. Whether it is a hack, I've no idea.
posted by dfriedman at 8:05 AM on November 21, 2012

The Crystal Bridges Museum website (crystalbridges.org, not crystalbridgesfoundation.org) doesn't say anything about it. The Foundation website appears to be a clone of the Museum website except for the front page note. All of the links lead to crystalbridges.org, which is suspicious. Finally, the domain registrar information for the two sites is different, which you wouldn't expect if they were both owned by the same organization.

So, a spoof.
posted by jedicus at 8:06 AM on November 21, 2012 [4 favorites]

Ah...ignore my earlier comment.
posted by dfriedman at 8:07 AM on November 21, 2012

Yeah, the easiest tell (without double-checking the URLs) is that if you click the breadcrumbs to go to the "news" index, the November 20 release doesn't show up in the listed releases. Still pretty good! I was so hoping it was for real ...
posted by Mothlight at 8:10 AM on November 21, 2012

Crystal Bridges sounds like a porn star name.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 8:10 AM on November 21, 2012

Spoof. Oddly, the spoof site links more clearly to the real social media (which gives away that it's a spoof) than the real site does.
posted by Wordshore at 8:11 AM on November 21, 2012

Back to work, you lazy bastards! Hope is for wealthy people!
posted by tommasz at 8:15 AM on November 21, 2012

Why would they spoof a museum, and not Walmart itself?
posted by Sys Rq at 8:21 AM on November 21, 2012

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