Someone forwarded me a link to this video, supposedly by Christian pop artist and reformed homosexual Donnie Davies. I was pretty sure this was a joke (and a funny one), but I confess that it was a close call – it’s like looking at one of those optical illusions where first you see two faces and then you see a vase. Then I followed some links to his ministry site, Love God’s Way and was further convinced. There were just a few too many red flags and pink shirts.
Before I post stuff like this, I always like to cover my ass and make sure it’s not something really old, some hoax that everybody already knows about, a viral marketing thing that I’ve fallen for, etc. But it was hard to get any definitive info on this one. I went to Wikipedia and found that there was once an article, but it had been deleted for a number of reasons, basically because nobody could tell who this guy really was. Spooky.
A little more googling and I found a few debates and theories. And then finally this post from blogger Joe My God seems to put the matter to rest with a few links to some convincing evidence including a myspace page and a photo of a sketch comedy group: Donnie Davies is actor Joey Ogelsby. Thank goodness, my bullshit detector still pretty much works.
I have to say, it’s a subtle hoax – you almost never get a winky moment that tips you off. But the internet always knows. And now I’ve spent an hour doing this when I should be working. Thanks a lot Joey Ogelsby.