Last month a honeymooners Facebook post became a viral wizard. But when Rory Carroll headed to Cancn, he found a fib that didnt hold water

It was an eye-popping narration which lit up the internet: American college kids running wild in Mexico by bellowing improve the wall to affronted Mexicans.

The party hordes who crowded Cancns prohibits and beaches for outpouring smash last-place month were apparently mingling tequila with Donald Trump Kool-Aid and insulting their hosts.

A Peruvian vacationer blew the whistling in a Facebook post, narrating how a group of Americans sung the slogan during a cruise.

The story ricocheted around blogs and news locates illustrated with epitomes of bare-chested, bikini-clad bacchanals around the Yucatan peninsula. Commentators weighed in, most denounce the spring breakers as flustering diplomats of Trumpism. Others lauded them for yielding Mexico a preference of the bad behaviour undocumented immigrants brought to the United States.

There is, nonetheless, a complication. The tale is primarily false-hearted. There is no xenophobic rise in Cancn.

Trump? The breakers dont certainly mention him, said Jesus Bat, 25, out one recent darknes siding flyers for Divas nightclub. If they do its typically to say fuck Trump.

Mario Quijano, director of the Caribbean Carnival cruise, agreed. If politics comes up they usually say they didnt vote for him. Beings are here to have a good time.

Interviews with virtually two dozen bouncers, barmen, cleaners, servers and other service staff relented same responses: none had encountered Trump-tinged sentiments, recognise Make America Great detonators or hear melodies about the wall. Few had even are aware of the accident on the cruise ship including people who work on it. News to me, said Michel Rosales, 27, who plays Captain Hook on the pirate-themed excursions.

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Josephine Berrick, a student from Indiana, on outpouring break in Cancn. Photograph: Rory Carroll/ THE GUARDIAN

Interviews with springtime breakers disclosed bewilderment that anyone here would sing about shutting their own borders. Thats crazy. Thats insolent, said Josephine Berrick, 18, from Indiana, after disembarking from the raider tour.

Christian Portale, 21, agreed. Dumb. Disrespectful, he said, sipping a cocktail at the bar Fat Tuesday. His sidekick Eriq Gloria, 20, an engineering student, said the only Trump reference he had encountered was a nightclub hawker who joked about not contributing dismiss. He said he required the money to build the wall.

Such bonhomie is a far cry from the impression of America-first boorishness. But in periods of hyper-polarisation, imitation news and alternative details, it was an irresistible cocktail.

It began on 7 March when Anaximandro Amable Burga, a Peruvian who was on honeymoon with his Mexican partner Sully, posted on Facebook a searing commentary of fellow passengers on the pirate cruise.

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Christian Portale( left) and Eriq Gloria, in Cancn, seemed bewildered that anyone would chant about constructing a wall. Thats crazy. Photo: Rory Carroll/ THE GUARDIAN

A flock of Americans( its not clear whether they were drink or in full apply of their faculties) started to sing the vomitous melody improve the wall. Amable accused it on detested inspired by Trump, whom he compared to Hitler.

Several locates picked up on the berth, in particular the Yucatan Times which condemned the incident. This is just one of the many blameworthy behaviours that young spring breakers have shown recently in Cancn and that are described as acts of xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country, which is( or are due to be) totally unacceptable.

The story taken away from. The Mail Online, the Huffington Post and San Diego Union Tribune, amongst other, recited the claims.

The Drudge Report, a potent word aggregator favourite with conservatives, connected with the Yucatan Times article with some commenters acclaimed the tourists for avenging alleged Mexican loutishness in the US.

Leftwing shops, in differ, thrummed with exasperation.

Its one of “the worlds largest” embarrassing eras to be an American, Ana Kasparian, a presenter on the Young Turks, said in a segment labelled chant think it is.

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The tourist pirate ship in Cancn where outpouring breakers allegedly sung construct the wall. Photo: Rory Carroll/ THE GUARDIAN

A parody site got in on the act by representing a rant by Hitler in the film Downfall as a have responded to spring breakers effrontery.

And then, almost as suddenly as it flared, the legend croaked dark. The media moved onto fresh outrages.

Amable, the Peruvian sightseer, did not respond to requests for elaboration. Over two days the Guardian interviewed 11 throw members, some on shore, others in clothing on one of the companys three ships. Eight said they were unaware of any incident with outpouring breakers. Three said they had heard of an incident but witnessed good-for-nothing firsthand. Perhaps the melody was brief and happened without casting members present, they supposed.

Told of Amables account of the chanters, one performer bristled. Id have thrown them to the sharks.

Ted Campbell, writer of a guide book about the peninsula, said he saw no Trump-inspired behaviour or Make America Great hats during a two-week inspect to Cancn in January on the eve of the presidents initiation. Nothing. It was peak season, a million Americans.

Even so, he was not astonished when friends in Canada and Europe shared the tale. Parties want to believe that young Americans come to Mexico and do this. Thats the new media, thats why events travel viral.

Social media has redoubled the murk. An anonymous commenter on YouTube claiming to be one of the pirate ship performers said here melodies were sarcastic that the outpouring breakers were conveying hope the wall would keep them in Mexico, partying forever.

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