Social media users who unknowingly cheated their parents about the death of their favorite celebrity are divided into viral pranksters.
Popularly known as the “celebrity death prank”, the format consists of covertly filming another person, usually a parental figure, while telling that a famous person has died.
This trend gained momentum around Christmas and continued into the final moments of 2022.
In its early stages, the video was praised by many for its “comedic value”.
However, the prank format is widely considered offensive, and many fans are calling for this trend to end.
After Slater Vance, the 16-year-old son of actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, said Michael B. Jordan had died at the age of 35, quite a few social media users unofficially took to the stage. I think the trend is ‘finished’.
Jordan and Bassett are castmates black panther The film, Vance’s Prank, was particularly criticized because it involved a celebrity that his mother knew personally.
Vance apologized on Saturday (December 31) and the video has since been taken down.
Independent A rep for Angela Bassett has been reached for comment.
“I used to love playing pranks on my mom when I was a kid, but I don’t feel these celebrity death pranks,” read a critique of the trend, another wrote: “These celebrity death prank videos can go to hell.
In another tweet, “Sorry for the party shit, but I don’t like the ‘someone died years ago’ prank that’s going on on TikTok.” and putting it in the air? I personally don’t play for death.”
One criticism of Bassett’s son in particular was written: years ago. Are you serious about the people who say “my reaction is weird”? “
As of this writing, the #celebritydeathprank hashtag has 180.4 million views on TikTok.