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Leader of the “Love Only” Movement Shocks With Retraction
Greensboro, VT—It appears that love no longer is enough.
Exactly 15 months into a stunning campaign that has seize headlines and drew both excitement and ire across the country, Love Only advocate and organize Prathiba Madartin told the crowd of 30,000 at the organization’s latest reality that she no longer believes in the movement’s clear message.
The stump speech began as it has for nearly six months, with a call and response that whipped the crowd into a near deafening state of enthusiasm. As Madartin reached the speech’s climax, however, something changed.
“Do you believe?!” she demanded before pausing, longer than usual, her shoulders visibly slumping. As the cries of ascent began to quiet down, she continued, much more quietly and subdue, “I am sorry to report that I no longer do.”
As the crowd fell into silence, she rapidly summarized that recent events have left her unable to accept the message she had preached for over a year. She claimed that she wished she could and encouraged those that did to carry on without her, if they were able.
Many attendees after the rally insisted they remained dedicate to Love Only’s philosophy. However, it was not difficult to see Madartin’s about face had affected many of them. Several hundred wandered off almost immediately after her declaration, many more did not stay past her speech for the other speakers.
The organization has yet to name a possible replacement with Madartin although Kyrie Duggan—long the group’s official spokesperson and confidante of Madartin—seems to be the suggested natural choice.
While the exact reasons for the change of heart remained unconfirmed, we have obtained details that several members of the organization may have been brutalized after a rally during the group’s recent West Coast tour, “probably” by local government officials of some kind. People close to Madartin claim that at least one member remains hospitalized and a second possibly dead.
Although Madartin herself has declined to speak to the press at this time, those sources also indicate it is her intention to continue to act as a public organization but with a far more aggressive message in mind. How or when we can expect to see Madartin in this role remains unknown.
Similarly, the possibility of Love Only maintaining any kind of momentum after this remains questionable. It is undoubtedly true the message of the group resounded strongly with many during a difficult time in our nation’s history. Still, the group’s rapid growth and political importance has largely been credited to Madartin’s charisma and savvy by those in and out of the group alike. If this bit of conventional wisdom should prove true over the next several days, this rally may mark the beginning of the end for Love Only.