Most of us have been a victim of fake news at some point in the last few years. But, it’s how we deal with fake news that matters. Hopefully, you either check your sources, Snopes, or just wait for more information before sharing an article. If you’re like everyone’s conspiracy theory-loving, email-chain-forwarding uncle, you probably don’t. If you’re a celebrity, you’ve definitely got no business (or time) sharing bogus stories when you could just post a selfie and get thousands of likes!
When famous people post fake news, it’s dangerous to their brand and credibility but also, more important, it’s dangerous for our larger, celebrity-obsessed society. Impressionable fans and followers willing to believe every tweet from their favorite stars may take action on phony stories in the vein of PizzaGate. So, before you go RT-ing that bizarre theory that a gorgeous Insta-model just posted, just know that celebs can be victims of news fakery too.
When Kylie Jenner Is a Chemtrail Truther
In 2015, Kylie Jenner tweeted this stock photo with some rambling text about Chemtrails and the “dying off” of “Honey Bee’s.” If you’re not familiar with the Chemtrails conspiracy (or “ctrails,” as she referred to them in a later tweet), it’s the idea that commercial airplanes spray chemicals to poison and suppress the masses. Fortunately, these trails are just water vapor, and this theory has been debunked many, many times.
Another ctrail truther? Alyssa Milano.
Roseanne Barr, In General
Roseanne is never one to back down from her strong opinions, but 2016 signaled a shift in her Twitter feed. The comic delights her 317K followers daily with numerous uncited and unsourced articles, too many to count. Many of them come from conspiracy theory sites and unverified blogs. Barr is also an avid Trump supporter and even claims she was the person who told the President-elect to run in the first place.
Tila Tequila and B.O.B. Believe the Earth Is Flat
In the early months of 2016, Tila Tequila and rapper B.O.B. restarted the centuries-old argument settled by numerous philosophers and explorers about the shape of our Earth. Both Tequila and B.O.B., engaged in separate multi-day Twitter rants to try and get their followers on board with the idea that the Earth has an edge. Luckily, in B.O.B.’s case, Neil deGrasse Tyson chimed in to offer some fact-based insight.
Charlie Sheen Implies Obama is From Kenya
Besides identifying as a 9/11 truther, Charlie Sheen does not seem to believe that President Obama is from the United States. In 2015, Sheen criticized Obama in his usually weird poem-tweet structure by referring to him as “Kenya.” While Charlie didn’t go so far as to create an infowars.com video for this theory—as he did about 9/11—this Tweet plays upon the completely untrue Birther theory that made Trump famous.
Jim Carrey’s Anti-Vaxxing Propaganda
It’s no secret that there’s a pocket of Hollywood stars who just won’t vaccinate their kids, despite overwhelming evidence that doing so can save lives. Jenna Elfman, Juliette Lewis, and Jenny McCarthy are all in the club. Besides tweeting his own opinions about the chemicals in vaccinations, Carrey has done his fair share of spreading articles about the perceived “dangers” of inoculation. Carrey even tweeted a photo of an autistic boy to provide some form of evidence, until the mother of that boy asked that the photo be removed.
Written on January 10, 2017 by
Claire Downs is a writer and comedian based out of Los Angeles. She's written for Nickelodeon, VH1, Funny or Die, and Hello Giggles. You can follow her on Twitter @clairecdowns. She prefers Indica to Sativa, in case you're wondering.