The Purple Monkey Dishwasher effect refers to the way rumours spread and become distorted because of misreporting, misremembering, mishearing, embellishments, outright deception, and any number of other things that can affect the narrative once it has become detached from factual reporting.
A prime example of the Purple Monkey Dishwasher effect among the far right is Glenn Beck, who says that people are being imprisoned if they refuse to do business with LGBT people:
“Many Americans are that dog. We’ve never been hit. Think we’re cowards now? We’ve never been hit. You have people now who are being put in jail because they were a baker who wouldn’t make — in jail! Not a fine. Jail. You do that, and enough people will say, you know what, I don’t want this hassle. I’m just going to go on with my life. I just want to be left alone. We cannot be those people. We cannot be those people. You know, Martin Luther King, by the time he got to — the entire black population was like that dog who had been abused. They had been abused for 300 years. So every time they saw a white person come, and they, still, many places they still flinch, you’re white, they flinch. That’s how deep the abuse went. You can’t claim anything close to that abuse.”
Nope. That hasn’t happened. There have been some who have been fined under anti-discrimination law, yes, such as this baker, for whom a potential $150,000 fine (“a maximum of $75,000 per person suing” — it actually ended up being $135,000) mushroomed into $200,000 on FOX News. Purple monkey dishwasher.
That’s the one that opted to shut its doors entirely, rather than sell to LGBT people — or as many far right sites put it, was “forced to close their business.” Purple monkey dishwasher.