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Cruel: Satire Site Reports That Early Report of Paul Walker’s Death is a Hoax (hoax is hoax)
mediaite.com ^ | November 30, 2013 | Tommy Christopher

Posted on 11/30/2013 7:14:03 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker has been reported dead, at age 40, in a car crash Saturday night. So far, though, the only outlet reporting on the actor’s death is TMZ, while grieving fans on social media are cheering up at the sight of another report that says it’s all a hoax. The article goes into great detail about a hoax that supposedly began on Friday, and quotes reps for the actor saying he is “alive and well.” From MediaMass:

Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Paul Walker’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (November 29, 2013), our beloved actor Paul Walker passed away. Paul Walker was born on September 12, 1973 in Glendale. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 40-year-old actor was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax.

Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of an actor of Paul Walker’s stature would be major news across networks.

recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (68%) of respondents think those Paul Walker death rumors are not funny anymore.

Paul Walker Death Hoax Dismissed Since Actor Is ‘Alive And Well’

On Saturday (November 30) the actor’s reps officially confirmed that Paul Walker is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.

Some fans have expressed anger at the fake report saying it was reckless, distressing and hurtful to fans of the much loved actor. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

The only problem is, the story claiming Walker’s death is a hoax is, itself, a hoax. Also from MediaMass:

The Mediamass Project : Media criticism through satire

The name “Mediamass”
The project’s name is an ironic reversal of portmanteau “mass-media” (media for the masses) in “media-mass” which here means “media en masse” as mass production and therefore mass consumption are the object of our criticism.

The website “mediamass.net”
The website mediamass.net is the medium of our satire to expose with humour, exaggeration and ridicule the contemporary mass production and mass consumption that we observe

Also it will not only mock the procuders (mainstream media, journalists) as it is common when questioning and criticizing mass media, but also the consumers as one cannot exist without the other. Sensationalism, lack of verification of information, ethics and standards issues are only symptoms of the actual social and economic order. This is particularly obvious when observing the role of social networking sites in spreading rumours.

Our ‘People’ section
Our website is very new (launched back at the end of October 2012) and still under construction. The ‘People’ section the only active one.

The concept is to select the most typical, representative and recurrent articles across Gossip magazines and to make them available for all the celebrities in our database.

The ‘People’ section is a humorous parody of Gossip magazines, all stories are obviously not true.

Thus thousands of celebrities, Bill Gates in USA, Zhang Ziyi in China, Ranbir Kapoor in India, etc. all have a dog called “Spinee” recovering from successful surgery.

We won’t change the world, but at least we’ll laugh trying.

Nobody’s laughing right now. This news is still fresh enough that people who know Walker could be fooled, and damaged, by this “joke,” even if only for a moment.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: paulwalker

1 posted on 11/30/2013 7:14:03 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Pretty messed up to do that.


2 posted on 11/30/2013 7:20:00 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I saw a thread here earlier today that Tiger Woods had died. Ummmmmmmmm. No. No he didn’t.


3 posted on 11/30/2013 7:21:20 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

There was one yesterday about Tiger Woods


4 posted on 11/30/2013 7:21:41 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

His facebook page says it’s true?????????????????

https://www.facebook.com/PaulWalker


5 posted on 11/30/2013 7:21:42 PM PST by angelsonmyside
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It’s on IMDB’s main page right now.


6 posted on 11/30/2013 7:21:46 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I saw it posted here at FR that Tiger Woods was dead too.


7 posted on 11/30/2013 7:22:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: angelsonmyside

It’s true...


8 posted on 11/30/2013 7:22:35 PM PST by halo66
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Lots of major outlets reporting Walker dead.


9 posted on 11/30/2013 7:24:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

The confusion is that a hoax site said that Walker’s death was a hoax. Wish it was.


10 posted on 11/30/2013 7:25:34 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

There must have been about twenty false alarms about Bob Hope before he passed. Bob insisted on staying in the public eye long after his own eyes became bright pink and watery. He would not listen to anybody’s suggestion about how to appear to his public. Jerry Lewis will be the same way (cantankerous) if he isn’t already.


11 posted on 11/30/2013 7:27:02 PM PST by lee martell
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Wikipedia has on its page that “his vehicle lost control”.

HOWDAHELL DOES THAT WORK?


12 posted on 11/30/2013 7:30:06 PM PST by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Apparently, a satire website ran an article about his death on Friday. That was a hoax.

Today, a Porche registered to him was involved in an accident that totaled the vehicle and 2 persons were in the vehicle at the time.

Twitter has tweets that say his death has now been confirmed.


13 posted on 11/30/2013 7:30:13 PM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: Old Sarge

Someone posted on twitter that he was driving people around raising money for Typhoon victims in the Philippines, don’t know if that is true or not..very sad either way..his car wrapped around a tree


14 posted on 11/30/2013 7:32:17 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; All

He died in a car crash this afternoon. Publicist released details to AP, Facebook page was updated, Drudge reporting, etc etc


15 posted on 11/30/2013 7:35:14 PM PST by Nifster
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

NBC News website is carrying news of his death.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/30/21695877-fast-and-furious-actor-paul-walker-dies-in-car-crash?lite


16 posted on 11/30/2013 7:35:51 PM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: cripplecreek

Liberals are truly the scum of the earth, an idiot on twitter wished it had been Scott Walker instead..I Really really hope that if karma exists, that it happens to liberals in spades


17 posted on 11/30/2013 7:36:44 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: TomGuy

Just saw a picture of the car wrapped around a tree. What a mess.


18 posted on 11/30/2013 7:45:52 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Agreed. One thousand percent!


19 posted on 11/30/2013 7:47:08 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: Old Sarge

cars that drive themselves in the future can have that written about them, not yet though


20 posted on 11/30/2013 7:52:11 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Nifster

there were 2 people in the car? and nobody is mentioning the other person?


21 posted on 11/30/2013 7:53:04 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: RandallFlagg

Ann Coulter was right when she said liberalism is a mental illness


22 posted on 11/30/2013 7:54:42 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

OK we had the Tiger Woods death hoax this morning, now this.

These things come in threes...


23 posted on 11/30/2013 7:54:55 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
I think he was the passenger in his own car and his friend was driving. They were on their way home from a charity event for Walker's charity. I hope they both died on impact so they didn't feel the fire that engulfed the vehicle. RIP Paul Walker
24 posted on 11/30/2013 8:02:41 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: peeps36

It was the friend’s car.


25 posted on 11/30/2013 8:05:26 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: GeronL

Per one article, Paul was the passenger and the driver was a friend of his. They were both doing fundraising to help victims of the recent Philippines hurricane.


26 posted on 11/30/2013 8:07:49 PM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Sad. I wonder if this means Fast & the Furious 7 will be cancelled. It is currently in production with several heavyweights. Very long running franchise.


27 posted on 11/30/2013 8:12:29 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: lee martell

At least Abe Vigoda is still alive!


28 posted on 11/30/2013 8:15:26 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: peeps36

Just heard the story on KCAL 9(Our local news station) he was raising money for the typhoon victims in the Philippines..they were in the car for no less than a few minutes and people heard the crash..the charity event was being held 2 blocks from the crash scene..very sad


29 posted on 11/30/2013 8:16:35 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: TomGuy

They should have sold the Porsche to raise money for the hurricane victims.


30 posted on 11/30/2013 8:19:03 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: angelsonmyside

L.A. Times has it; NBC 7 in Boston; Fox News; etc.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-fast-furious-star-paul-walker-dies-in-car-crash-20131130,0,4812107.story#axzz2mC8JDRWy

>>The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said the crash happened in community of Valencia. The Santa Clarita Signal reports a red Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames.
Walker was working on the latest “Fast & Furious” movie at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, “Hours,” a movie that is set for release this month.


31 posted on 11/30/2013 8:35:46 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: reg45

Mocking the guys efforts on the day he dies? Classy.
What did you sell to support the victims?


32 posted on 11/30/2013 8:36:42 PM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: raccoonradio

(hate to say but...)
Paul is dead...he blew his mind out in a car...

(Seriously, RIP)


33 posted on 11/30/2013 8:37:50 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
So..hoax?

...Don't think so.

34 posted on 11/30/2013 8:39:22 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Paul is dead.

Not a good day for Pauls.....First Paul Crouch, then this.

35 posted on 11/30/2013 8:40:17 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp.)
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To: Viennacon

Actually they were right. He has died. Such a tragedy. He seemed like a normal Hollywood type. I know he grew up in the midwest.


36 posted on 11/30/2013 8:42:33 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I think the Book of Proverbs has a few things to say about mockers.


37 posted on 11/30/2013 8:50:38 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Old Sarge

They learned it from those evil SUVs that went around killing people a few years back.


38 posted on 11/30/2013 8:53:14 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It wasn’t that long ago that I found it hard to believe there were people who didn’t know who a lot of celebrities were. Now I’m glad to be one of those people. I have no idea who Paul Walker is.


39 posted on 11/30/2013 8:55:20 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: BenLurkin

I’m a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise. I wonder how the producers will deal with his character’s death.


40 posted on 11/30/2013 8:58:15 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Just saw that he was killed on 2 news channels, one of them showing the fiery crash.
41 posted on 11/30/2013 9:03:03 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Ciexyz

My guess (and it is just a guess) is that if they were planning on another project, they will go forward with it.


42 posted on 11/30/2013 9:04:42 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: GeronL

They have now… it was his race car driver friend


43 posted on 12/01/2013 6:43:08 AM PST by Nifster
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