Users are sharing a photograph of a bride and a groom with four groomsmen behind him and claiming that the groomsmen are holding the groom up because he is paralyzed. Other photographs from the wedding show this is not true. The groomsmen’s pose appears to be a fraternity tradition.
The text on one post reads: “I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THIS POWERFUL AND AMAZING PICTURE WITH YOU AGAIN...THE GROOM IS PARALYZED AND HIS BESTMEN HELD HIM UP TO KISS HIS BEAUTIFUL BRIDE..SO POWERFUL !”
The original photograph was posted by the bride, Rita Shaw, on her Instagram page here with the caption “Happy Founders day to the good Bruhz #RQQ”
Comments on the post include: “Everyone is saying ur man is paralyzed”, “Girlllllll, this picture is everywhere on twitter..” and “This photo is on Fb. Saying that this man is paralyzed smh what is wrong with the Internet.”
A Google search of “RQQ” reveals that the letters are associated with Omega Psi Phi, a historically African American fraternity founded in 1911 at Howard University ( https ://www.google.com/search?q=rqq&rlz=1C1GCEB_enUS891US891&oq=rqq&aqs=chrome.0.69i59l2j0l3j46j69i61j69i60.996j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 , oppf.org/about-omega/ ).
False. The groom in the photo is not being held up by his groomsmen because he is paralyzed. The stance appears to be a fraternity tradition.
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