I've complained in the past that Gordon has reported Bear-Trap stories that were, to my ear, obviously fake. A couple of them have won.
Today, they introduced another flaw in the process. They chose as a winner someone who claimed to be a surgeon, one "Blade," who had made a coarse remark to a pregnant woman in the operating room who, it turned out, had suffered a miscarriage some weeks before. He submitted another instance of whether he berated some colleague in the operating room with the witty "Are you gay, or what?" line, the object of these remarks, of course, being gay.
The problem is not that these stories don't sound real. The problem is that Blade the Surgeon isn't a bear-trap victim -- he's just a jackass. Bear-Trap winners must have about them a certain degree of unsuspecting innocence, but Blade the Surgeon is (and, is apparently proud to be) a serial vulgarian. You can't be a Bear-Trap winner if it is your habit to speak disrespectfully and insultingly.
Hey, this is critical stuff.