During last week’s loss the Dallas Cowboys, the Minnesota Vikings staff were duped by someone trolling their request for a service member to be honored during their in-game “Salute to Service.”
Whoever was in charge of featuring the Salute to Service during the game failed to recognize the adult star photos despite his imagery being used in numerous military memes over the last decade.
Steven Wolfe, aka Johnny Sins, has been featured in many adult films with roles as a soldier, police officer, and firefighter. His roles have created plenty of content for social media users to manipulate into memes that entice unsuspecting people to share to “thank him for his service.”
Two weeks ago, the Vikings posted to Twitter to encourage users to suggest a service member to be honored.
“Share photos and stories of your loved ones who have served or are currently serving using #SkolSalute for a chance to win a pair of tickets.”
A Twitter user named “Kyle” used a photo of Wolfe and claimed it was his “uncle” he wanted to be honored by the Vikings.
Plenty of other Twitter users offered up their family members and loved ones to be honored during the game but the Vikings fell for the one fake veteran whose picture could have been easily vetted with a Google image search.
Task and Purpose suggested the Vikings might have chosen to salute someone who has “provided a service” to military members.
“Perhaps this was just a way of expanding the concept of “Salute to Service” by saluting someone who has no doubt provided a service of sorts to many military members.”
According to WFIN, some military veterans were honored on the field during the game.
“The veterans were given free groceries for a year from HyVee.”
The Vikings have yet to respond to requests for comment.
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