You may have seen this image of the Savannah cider and Disney princess lunchbox more than you’d like to admit recently.
If you’re out of the loop however, here’s what happened.
On May 16, 2021, Twitter user @MissGU_ posted a picture of a Savanna standing tall next to a child’s lunchbox. She explained that the Savanna was non-alcoholic in her caption, and expressed that her child got expelled from school but that she didn’t know what she had done wrong.
My child was expelled from school on Friday, 💔
But what did I do wrong mina 😭 because I didn’t have juice so I gave her a non alcoholic savannah🤦#ThumaMinaMediaGroup Mr Smeg Koko President Zuma Mbaks Christianity pic.twitter.com/dWUa3byYxe
— G.U (@MissGU_) May 16, 2021
The picture and caption sent the internet and media publications into a frenzy of confusion. “Is it okay to send a child to school with a non-alcoholic cider?” some pondered. “How much alcohol is even in a non-alcoholic cider?” speculated others. Some people went on to defend her, saying that at “least she was feeding her child”. Others thought she was definitely in the wrong. And a lot of people wondered why this story was actually making headlines in the first place.
However, after the storm that had people fighting each other in various comment sections and avidly Googling how much alcohol is in a non-alcoholic cider, some game-changing news broke.
The entire post was fake.
IOL broke the news explaining that “a call from a Savanna rep and some investigative work by eagle-eyed readers revealed that the post was indeed fake.”
It was also discovered that the photo wasn’t even posted this year.
As per IOL: “The original post surfaced in 2020 in response to Savanna releasing its non-alcoholic cider for the sober-curious drinker, and since then has spawned a number of memes on Facebook and Twitter.”
My UNCLE Was out of Oros so HE improvised, 🙄 pic.twitter.com/gi0JyoBi1p
— KE SHARP (@danielmarven) November 6, 2020
As we can see, the original era of the picture was 2020.
Now the questions we have go far beyond the original debate. Why did the user resurface an old picture? Was it a matter of just wanting to stir the pot? A matter of attention-seeking perhaps? Truly, the internet gets stranger every day.