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Heshy Fried admits that his blog Frum Satire mostly fake

heshy fried davening minchaIn the past few years, the Frum Satire Blog has exploded in readership (over 1 million unique readers in 2013 alone), but many of those readers stumble upon the page only to scratch their heads in disbelief and forward posts to their friends with the caveat “can you fucking believe this?” The comments are filled with disbelief “tell you’re joking” seems to be the common denominator. Pressure has been mounting on the blog creator, curator, and author to come clean and tell the world whether or not he is, in fact joking.

In an unprecedented move for a blogger, Heshy Fried came clean on Facebook and Twitter last night, admitting that his entire blog was a lie. Bloggers are typically arrogant assholes, but Heshy proved us wrong, although he didn’t sound too remorseful (I can only imagine what his family is going through) he did admit that only 20% of the blog was real. We aren’t sure how his readership will fare, now that they are fully aware that as much as 80% of what is written on Frum Satire is fake.

Now the question is, how fake?

Apparently it’s supposed to be obviously fake but there was a major backlash from the announcement of a shul for sex offenders opening in Monsey. Apparently, there have already been several protests at the assumed site of the yet to be named shul. Apparently the post was pure satire and the shul was purely in Heshy’s imagination, but what to make of the comment in response to “this is a joke right” in which Heshy freely admits to supporting such an admirable cause.

Then of course there was this gem:

Instead of encouraging child molestation by giving them their own shul they should be burn in hell!!! Who ever wrote this article must be a child molestor himself to actually agree with such a hillul hashem!!!!! On another note, the victims of child molestation arent the ones making a chillul hashem, the disgusting perverted so called rabbis are!!! They should be exiled from all communitys!!!!

The other question I think a lot of people have is, how can we ever read Frum Satire again, if we now know that much of it is fake? I mean, what’s the point of a fake site without attribution to proper sources. Apparently there are some brighter people who can sift through the thousands of posts and decide which are real and which are fake. Rumor has it that very few people exist with such talents, so what of the thousands of regular folks like me who can’t discern real from fake, much of it sounds so real. Have we been laughing at all the wrong jokes? Did we not get many of the jokes, due to our not recognizing them in the first place?

Many have requested that he specifically tell us which posts are fake, but he has admitted in the past that part of the fun of blogging is reading the comments from people who think it’s real. He has repeatedly refused to label fake posts as fake and tries to tell people that they should merely look to the name of the blog site itself, but with today’s shortened attention span, it’s rare that people notice the name of the blog.

I applaud Heshy for coming clean, for admitting his faults, but at the same time he must have duped thousands of people and I’m not sure that he could ever repay them for the stumbling blocks he placed in their way.

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  • Dan January 15, 2014, 9:21 AM

    This article is definitely satire. You can tell from how it’s written.

  • Chaya January 15, 2014, 9:25 AM

    I suppose your audience has never read The Onion? This reminds me of those who believed the post about Achmadinnerjacket getting a Man of the Year Award – or something like that. Offensive question: Are frum people as dumb as Muslims? Must be the inbreeding.

  • shmully January 15, 2014, 9:55 AM

    These posts make me feel dumb. Not like the dumb posts that make me laugh. Cheapens the site.

  • Piggy January 15, 2014, 10:31 AM

    Dough?! (Homer Simpson)

  • Alter Cocker January 15, 2014, 10:35 AM

    Grammar check on the title again, please.

    • Alter Cocker January 15, 2014, 10:37 AM

      Also, I understand that this blog post is nonsense, but who is supposed to be the author of it? It obviously should be Heshy but he keeps talking about Heshy in the third person, indicating that it’s supposed to be a different person. It is not signed and comes from “Frum Satire”.

      • Maryland Maidel January 15, 2014, 12:04 PM

        Alter Cocker, when it comes from Frum Satire, it means it is written by Frum Satire, i.e. Heshy.

        • Alter Cocker January 15, 2014, 12:12 PM

          Yes, I understand Heshy actually wrote it. I’m saying in his mind, who is it supposed to be written by? It must be someone else or he wouldn’t be saying “Heshy Fried” over and over.

          • Alter Cocker January 15, 2014, 12:13 PM

            That’s why I said “it obviously should be Heshy…” because it comes from the site base account.

            • Maryland Maidel January 15, 2014, 12:30 PM

              Ah, so, “Vaguely Defined News Reporter.”

  • Shmuel January 15, 2014, 10:45 AM

    Everything that Heshy writes is fake

    That statement was written by Heshy

    (Apologies to Socrates)

    • zaphod January 15, 2014, 1:54 PM

      As it appears that everything has to be 100% accurate and true for some readers of this blog, then the apology should be given to Epimenides. Interestingly, one view of the meaning behind the paradox is that his intention was to prove that Cretans ( a people, not a mental attribue) denied Zeus’ continued existence. Is Shmuel attributing that intention to Heshy?

  • Observer January 15, 2014, 11:06 AM

    Would you like the site better if all of what he has written were true?

  • Nesya January 15, 2014, 11:11 AM

    “with todays shortened attention span, its rare that people notice the name of the blog” har har…

  • Confused Paradox January 15, 2014, 11:22 AM


    Number 1: Did Heshy interview himselfthen blogged about this interview in which he outs himself as an unscrupulous journalist?

    Number 2: If this is so, and we are to believe this article, then that means that we can’t trust what Heshy says So that means that we can’t trust that this article is truthful (being written by Heshy), and therefore must give him the benefit of the doubt and assume his articles are real.

    But if they are real then that means that they are fake
    If they are fake, then how do we know if its real?

    • Piggy January 15, 2014, 11:51 AM

      Nope, they’re “really fake”, unless you live in a parallel universe.

  • Piggy January 15, 2014, 11:27 AM

    Heshy I didn’t lose hope yet. Those ads for dating Chinese women might still be real.

  • michael January 15, 2014, 11:28 AM

    Maybe you should give your blog a name that indicated that it was Satire – maybe something like “Satire Frum” or something, that way everyone would understand that it shouldn’t be taken seriously.

  • Anonymous January 15, 2014, 11:43 AM

    frum satire, satire frum, frum satmar — whats the difference?

  • Minucha January 15, 2014, 1:43 PM

    I believe most of what Heshy writes is fake (like what you read in the Onion). I think that occasionally Heshy writes what he actually believes. Even then, I think he exaggerates. I also think many of his commentators take him seriously.

    LOL 😀

    • Heshy Fried January 16, 2014, 8:50 AM

      If I believed what I wrote, I’d be one schizo MFer, since I write opposing views pretty consistently.

  • I'm a loser trying to impersonate A. Nuran but Heshy keeps changing my name and not letting me get away with it January 15, 2014, 4:06 PM

    i personally like frum satire so i can spew hate and pretend to be smart YAY!!!!

    • I'm a loser trying to impersonate A. Nuran but Heshy keeps changing my name and not letting me get away with it. January 15, 2014, 10:19 PM

      ahhhhhhhhh just let me win once!!!!!

  • delishknish January 15, 2014, 4:46 PM


  • I'm a loser trying to impersonate A. Nuran but Heshy keeps changing my name and not letting me get away with it. January 15, 2014, 10:20 PM

    ahhhhhhhhh just let me win once!!!!!

  • A. Nuran January 15, 2014, 11:50 PM


    Say it ain’t so, Joe!

  • SJB January 16, 2014, 1:40 AM

    Not only is the blog fake, ‘Heshy’ is too. Sources have it he was concocted by Rachmuna Litzlon to sway your ideology towards the OTD movement.

    • Sergeant_J January 20, 2014, 8:12 AM

      I guess I must have met RL then when he was in NorCal… Nice wig.

  • Angels = Many Gods January 16, 2014, 5:25 AM

    Who cares, its not his articles but the comments which interest me in this site. Eitherway Heshy is conflicted and misearable man who just needs to go OTD and live his life before he is so old that it doesn’t matter, but his posts spark great debate.

  • Love it! January 19, 2014, 3:30 PM

    You are the best! I love reading your posts and have for years.

  • confuzzled April 15, 2014, 7:46 AM

    Wait, is this article fake?!

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