Archive | January 18, 2013

Website Sells Fake FB Girlfriends

Facebook has radically altered (some would say ruined) the dating scene. Relationships and breakups are now public information, first dates have lost their mystery because of preemptive Facebook stalking, and once-stable relationships are threatened by flirtatious wall posts.

Now, in this altered dating landscape, a Brazilian website has apparently identified a niche for potential profit. Their product? Fake Facebook girlfriends.

For $39.00 NamoroFake.com.br will create a Facebook girlfriend profile for you that includes comments and the all-important “relationship status” change for thirty days. Or, for those on a budget, $19.00 will buy you a fake ex-girlfriend.

“Impress your friends,” says the website. “Gain confidence with women.” Indeed those trading in virtual deception may find an ally in NamoroFake.

So is hiring a fake Facebook girlfriend right for you? The website suggests a number of possible reasons to hire a fake flame. Pure desperation didn’t make the list.

“Sometimes having a fake girlfriend on the Internet helps make you more popular with the women and increases your self esteem,” says the website.

“Sometimes people need to rent a fake girlfriend to make jealous a jealous ex-girlfriend. In truth, we have a lot of clients for that reason,” it says. “After a breakup, the ex-boyfriends want to show that they are already with another person to feel good. One immediate way to do this is to hire a fake girlfriend to maintain appearances.”

The justifications need not be entirely restricted to jealousy or “keeping up appearances,” suggests the site. Maybe your family is pressuring you to settle down with someone and you need a quick fix to get them off your back. If so, NamoroFake might just be the solution.

To bolster the ranks of fake girlfriends, the website is inviting women to send in their profiles, with a 50 percent profit-sharing incentive. There are currently no fake Facebook boyfriends for hire, though the site says it has plans to offer them in the future.

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Christie: NRA ad with Obama daughters ‘reprehensible’

Blunt-speaking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, thought to be eyeing a 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination, blasted an NRA ad that mentions President Barack Obama’s daughters as “reprehensible” and warned it “demeans” the powerful gun-rights group.

“To talk about the president’s children, or any public officer’s children, who have—not by their own choice, but by requirement—to have protection, and to use that somehow to try to make a political point is reprehensible,” Christie said.

“The president doesn’t have a choice, and his children don’t have a choice, of whether they’re going to be protected or not,” the governor said. “It’s awful to bring public figures’ children into the political debate. They don’t deserve to be there.”

He added that “for any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad, and you cringe, you cringe.”

 

Christie’s remarks are unlikely to endear him to those conservatives he already annoyed by praising Obama for the federal government’s response to superstorm Sandy. But the NRA ad—which could either be about the Obama daughters’ Secret Service protection or the armed guards at their posh D.C. private school—has drawn sharp criticisms for bringing the girls into a debate about gun violence. The NRA has said it’s a legitimate criticism of Obama, who has expressed skepticism about the organization’s call for armed guards in schools in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

“They’ve got real issues to debate on this topic. Get to the real issues. Don’t be dragging people’s children into this, it’s wrong, and I think it demeans them and it makes them less of a valid, trusted source of information on the real issues,” Christie said.

The governor made it clear that, if he decides to run in 2016, his kids won’t have much of a say in the decision.

“My children had no choice, realistically, in what I decided to do with my career and what effect that’s had on their lives, in making them somewhat public figures, and making them subject to protection from the executive protection unit,” he said. “My kids don’t have a choice about that.

“My children had no choice that I wanted to run for governor. I mean, I pretended that they did, I asked them what they thought. But in the end they had absolutely no choice in whether I ran for governor or not,” he said, to chuckles from his audience.

“They knew that, by the way, when I was asking them, which is why they didn’t spend a whole lot of time answering,” he quipped.