Of all the crazy stories we’ve read and reported about Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, this one takes the cake. Someone hoodlum scared the Internet into thinking a church in North Carolina amended its street sign to say that Blue’s birth opened the portal of Hades.
TMZ reported the story yesterday, claiming the sign was changed to say “Beyonce Had Her Baby. Satan Is On Earth.” The church’s Reverend Curtis Barbery attributed the change to simple vandalism, and said that neither he nor his congregation thinks Blue Ivy’s birth will bring about the end of days.
Barbery has since spoken to The Fayetteville Observer, which reports that the picture TMZ saw must have been a fake. Apparently the sign is locked up around the clock has said “Jesus is the reason for the season” since Thanksgiving. Barbery claims to have been misquoted (or at least misunderstood) by TMZ — he didn’t know that the sign had been changed when TMZ called him, and when he actually got in front of the sign it hadn’t been changed. Barbery thinks someone Photoshopped all the Satanic stuff onto his otherwise loving sign and posted it online before he knew what happened.
“Listen, Satan was here a long time before her baby was born,” Barbery said. “We would never imply that anybody’s baby was Satan. We’re not in that kind of business, condemning people.”
Sounds like a joke gone wrong to us. We wonder if Barbery would like to condemn whoever made the fake sign in the first place?