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ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia sophomore's satirical article on how to snag a rich husband while in college has sparked a firestorm of opinions.
Amber Estes' piece, "How to find that perfect husband in college," was originally featured in the July 6 issue of The Red and Black, UGA's student newspaper. The article contains a six-step guide for coeds, outlining how to make themselves more attractive to male students with big earning potential and receive an MRS degree, or a marriage proposal by graduation.
The article immediately went viral; it was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on The Red and Black's website and generated nearly 140 comments before its commenting widget was disabled.
Estes, a public relations major, wrote a follow-up column Tuesday, explaining that the article was a joke.
"As I was writing this piece, I expected that people would instantly identify it as satire," Estes says in her second article. "Judging by the influx of nasty emails, comments, and social media messages, I was sorely mistaken."