Skip to comments.Cruel: Satire Site Reports That Early Report of Paul Walker’s Death is a Hoax (hoax is hoax)
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 actors death is TMZ, while grieving fans on social media are cheering up at the sight of another report that says its 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 actors 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 actors 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 Walkers stature would be major news across networks.
A 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 actors reps officially confirmed that Paul Walker is not dead. He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. Hes 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 Walkers death is a hoax is, itself, a hoax. Also from MediaMass:
The Mediamass Project : Media criticism through satire
The name Mediamass
The projects 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 wont change the world, but at least well laugh trying.
Nobodys 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.
Pretty messed up to do that.
I saw a thread here earlier today that Tiger Woods had died. Ummmmmmmmm. No. No he didn’t.
There was one yesterday about Tiger Woods
His facebook page says it’s true?????????????????
It’s on IMDB’s main page right now.
I saw it posted here at FR that Tiger Woods was dead too.
Lots of major outlets reporting Walker dead.
The confusion is that a hoax site said that Walker’s death was a hoax. Wish it was.
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.
Wikipedia has on its page that “his vehicle lost control”.
HOWDAHELL DOES THAT WORK?
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.
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
He died in a car crash this afternoon. Publicist released details to AP, Facebook page was updated, Drudge reporting, etc etc
NBC News website is carrying news of his death.
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
Just saw a picture of the car wrapped around a tree. What a mess.
Agreed. One thousand percent!
cars that drive themselves in the future can have that written about them, not yet though
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