A bizarre Twitter madness is currently taking place involving former Republican congressional candidate Dean Browning from Pennsylvania and a man who is believed to be the nephew of singer Patti Labelle.
As if the year 2020 wasn’t strange enough, we now find ourselves confronted with this strange news.
So what exactly is going on?
Well, it all started with an angry tweet from Dean Browning, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress earlier this year.
“What Trump has built in 4 years, Biden will destroy in 4 months,” he tweeted.
The tweet was criticized in the replies by a Twitter user, just because Browning himself replied that he said “I’m a black gay man and I can personally say that Obama has done nothing for me, my life has only changed a little and it was for the worse. But under Trump everything is so much better. I feel respected – which I never do when it comes to Democrats.
Dean Browning, former Lehigh County commissioner, who apparently forgot to log in to his burner account, was about 2,500 votes away from being the GOP candidate in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District this year. pic.twitter.com/ftiY68wae6
– Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) November 10, 2020
Reader, Browning is not black. The would-be politician was then thoroughly fooled in the social media, probably forgot to sign in to his Burner account to post his response that he was a gay black man.
Browning admitted to this hiccup by claiming he was quoting a follower.
“In regard to the tweet spreading from my account, I quoted a message I received earlier this week from a follower,” he twittered. “Sorry if the context was not clear. Trump received record-breaking minority votes and record-breaking LGBTQ votes. Many people won’t say it out loud, but will do it in private.”
Regarding the tweet that is spreading from my account, I’m quoting a message I received earlier this week from a fellow traveler: “I’m sorry if the context was not clear.
I’m sorry if the context was not clear.
Trump received record minority votes and record LGBTQ votes.
Many people do not want to say it out loud, but do it in private.
– Dean Browning (@DeanBrowningPA) November 10, 2020
Many people answered of course with the “Sure, Jan” memo and other funny recordings.
But who was this hanger-on you ask? Well, Twitter snoopers began scouring Browning’s followers to find someone or a fake account that fit the description – a gay, black, trump supporting man.
The person found was a man named Dan Purdy, who had previously responded to Browning’s tweets. He also tweeted some unpleasant things like “Black women will be the death of America.
Incredible things are happening here pic.twitter.com/Fvrmoq5kTk
– jordan (@JordanUhl) November 10, 2020
The account is suspended, but Purdy has posted a video confirming Browning that he wrote Browning and stating that he is not a “sock puppet” account.
“Hey folks, my name is Dan Purdy, and I am indeed a gay black man,” says the man in the video. “The message you saw on Dean’s Twitter was posted – I don’t actually know how it was posted, but I sent it to him because I had a problem with how people of my race and sexual persuasion treat Donald Trump.
So the video was taken down, but here it is, if you want to melt your brain: pic.twitter.com/umGPjt5sN4
– alex (@alex_abads) November 10, 2020
So this prompted the Nancy Drews and Sherlock Holmes of Twitter to try to find out the true identity of this person.
After searching for the man’s cartoon avatar, they assigned it to a Facebook profile of a user named Byl Holte (and william.m.holte), who calls herself an “anti-feminist TV critic” and has published several articles on Medium.
A further search for William Holte led to the discovery that a man with that name is the adopted son and nephew of music legend Patti LaBelle.
The singer published photos of William on Instagram with the headline “my nephew” and talked about how she adopted a niece and nephew when her sister Jacqueline Holte died in 1989 (via Oprah).
Watch this post on Instagram
Happy New Year from my nephew @byl322 and me! Be all safe! ð
A joint contribution by Patti LaBelle (@mspattilabelle) on December 31, 2018 at 18.04 PST
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