A German LGBTI website is under fire for joking about raffling off a Thai surrogate mother and an egg donation to gay couples.
As a tasteless April Fool’s Day joke, Queer.de tweeted the story and joked it was a package worth €36,000 (£31,670 $44390).
They claimed to be in partnership with a Thai agency called ‘Baby Equality.’
The article states: ‘To choose from in a color catalog are several young Thai surrogate mothers who support their often poor rural families with their services, as well as western egg donors.’
‘Tasteless and racist April Fool’s joke’
People are not happy.
One Twitter user replied to the story: ‘A more than tasteless and racist April Fool’s joke. You can be really proud of this. Not!’
Another replied: ‘This really is not a good April Fool’s joke, really disappointing you find something like this funny.’
Another said: ‘This is really on AfD-level.
#racism’ (AfD is a far-right wing political party)
And then another responded: ‘One sec, where did I put it, I definitely had the right answer somewhere here… ah, there it is… DELETE YOURSELF.’
Dozens more commented their disapproval on the article, both on the website and on social media.
Queer.de did not respond in time for publication to the request from Gay Star News to comment.
UPDATE: Managing Editor Micha Schulze said: ‘Surrogate babies are a controversial topic, so we expected some moral outrage.
’Our April Fool’s joke is indeed sarcastic, but not sexist or racist. It’s a well known fact that gay couples from first world countries with a desire to have children use surrogate mothers from third world and emerging countries.
’We would never raffle a real surrogate mother – even some users took it on trust. We wanted to start a debate about surrogate motherhood, and I guess that worked,’ he said.