Reba McEntire Death Hoax ~
Ok, so the big thing on Google the evening of 1/30/12 is the supposed “death” of Reba McEntire. For those who missed this, no, she did not die. As of this writing she is still very much still alive.
Death Hoax Victims: Cher and Adele
In fact, a fake “news” (aka outright lying) website decided to post her “death” as a form of entertainment. But death week didn’t start there. “#RIPAdele” was a recent trending topic on Twitter, as was “#RIPCher.” It shocks me how many people mindlessly pass this stuff around, with not a thought in the world as to whether they should verify it or not. When exactly did random tweets from internet buddies become a reliable news source?
The real thing that gets me about the Reba hoax is that the title states “Actress – Reba McEntire Falls To Her Death In Austria.” Actress? Seriously? Yes, I know she acts but, is she better known for acting than singing? Hardly. I think that should have clued unsuspecting readers in on the fact that this might not be legit. Also, shouldn’t her publicist have issued a statement? Wouldn’t there have been something on legitimate news sites pages? Oh, and the fact that this disclaimer was at the bottom of the page…
“...FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment…”
The point is, verify things before you post it. There are too many people out there who obviously get a lot of fun our of acting like they are still in middle school. I know that most people who passed these messages around were probably relatively certain of their truth, however, we must verify sources before adding this type of garbage to the internet. Alas, this is the world we live in.
Are people seriously that morbid that the “fake killing” of people makes for a fun night? The answer is apparently a resounding “yes.” I linked to the page that started the Reba hoax, and I am sure they have gotten quite a few hits from all of the people that have spread the rumor incessantly. And, sadly, I am sure that was their goal – no matter how they had to attain it.