The world lost an icon on Thursday when South African hero Nelson Mandela died at 95 in Johannesburg. But hoaxers also took the opportunity to capitalize on the moment. A prankster posing as Paris Hilton tweeted about Mandela and added in a famous Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
“RIP Nelson Mandela,” the fake tweet by the Hotel heiress starts out. “Your ‘I Have A Dream’ speech was so inspiring. An amazing man.” Of course, as many know, Mandela did not make the “I Have A Dream Speech.” It was MLK Jr.
And Hilton could very well know that fact, too. “Just landed & heard the sad new about Nelson Mandela,” she wrote Thursday evening. “He was a true Hero & the world is a better place because of him. May he rest in peace.”
When Hilton heard the news about the fake tweet, the heiress took to her Twitter account to condemn it. "Whoever made that stupid fake tweet lacks respect to the loss the world is mourning right now," she said. "Same goes for all the blogs who ran with it."
In actuality, Hilton, 32, is currently in Miami, and while many were making fun of her for reportedly mixing up the anti-apartheid leader with MLK, she was enjoying flying to southern Florida.
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“Taking off to Miami! #LifeOfAJetSetter ;) Loves it,” she wrote before she responded to what naysayers were writing about her on the 140-character social media site. “Just landed. I'm in Miami b*tch."
According to Buzzfeed, the scam was started by @DeletedTweets. The account has 86 followers and only one visible tweet from 2011. On Buzzfeed’s site, however, the account has impersonated multiple different celebrities.
The account made a crude comment when the user pretended to be Olympic diver Tom Daley, who just announced he was bisexual. Superstar Beyoncé, who was also attacked, was made to seem as if she felt threatened by Kiwi songbird Lorde. Even pop icon Britney Spears apparently fell victim to the hoaxer -- the singer was made to look as if she called out Miley Cyrus for bleaching her eyebrows blonde.
While there are many on Twitter who already ascertained that Paris Hilton’s Mandela/MLK Jr. tweet is a fake, many are all-too-willing to assume that she didn’t know the difference and have been retweeting the fake post.
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