Morgan Freeman is dead. Said the Internet. But lied because Morgan Freeman is totally alive and breathing and not-dead and currently making everyday, mundane sentences sound really deep and profound somewhere. Yes, Morgan is the latest celebrity who's fallen victim to the ol' "he's dead (jk!)" hoax on the Internet. A hoax that's just plain idiotic and not funny and, when you think about it, probably really bad karma, so can we just stop already?
We can't? All right, well, I'd like to at least go on record as asking, thanks.
In what can only be described as a cruel/weird social experiment, an "RIP Morgan Freeman Facebook" page was recently created, garnering 66,000 "likes" and a rumor that spread like wildfire. The actor is not dead, obviously; and to reiterate it, Freeman's reps told E!: "Morgan is alive and well, and joins the long list of actors who have been victimized by this hoax." (The page currently reads: "He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet.")
A lot of strange things have come from the Internet and social media, but by far one of the strangest is the celebrity death hoax. I don't understand it. Well, maybe I do, a little. It's a power trip, right? A random person, sitting behind a computer, indirectly saying, "Look at all the power I have! I can make you think a celebrity died!" Freeman is just one of a long line of celebrities who have "died" recently -- Kris Jenner, Robin Williams, Axl Rose, Paul McCartney, Madonna, and JBiebs are a few others.
Hopefully, this bizarre social media trend will lose its luster for the people starting the rumors soon. I very much dislike. Regardless of motive, it's just plain ooky.
What do you think of this weird trend?
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