if you’ve been tick tock You may have noticed a spike in celebrity obituaries lately. TikTok is known for starting trends, popularizing new music, and making sometimes questionable book recommendations. So why are we suddenly seeing so many dead celebrities all over the app?
It’s true that TikTok has more than a trend-hopping reputation, but this doesn’t mean the app will change course and become the go-to news site for celebrity death updates. has started another viral (and confusing) trend.
If you’re anything like us, you might be confused as to why people are saying celebrities who are very much alive in their families have died. Why are TikTok users using a strange specific format to announce these fake deaths? How are people reacting to this apparently confusing trend? Shall we discuss? .
What is the trend of celebrity death hoaxes?
Around Christmas, some TikTok users started pranking their families about the death of one of their favorite celebrities. The trend quickly gained momentum and quickly spread to her Twitter. The corresponding hashtag #celebritydeadprank has surpassed his 109 million views and continues to grow.
Like many TikTok trends, most videos follow the same format. One announces that a celebrity has died, followed by announcing the celebrity’s age (“Bon Jovi died at her 60”) and filming the family’s reaction. Reactions ranged from shocking to hilarious, with many TikTok creators jumping on the trend to see how their family and friends reacted.What makes this trend really funny is when parents react to the death of a non-mainstream celebrity. date line Correspondent Keith Morrison died and another shouted “No, no, no!” When Zac Efron was told he had died at the age of 35.
Where did the trend come from?
There is no clear beginning for trends, but they may be inspired by recent trends. family guy meme. On Christmas Day, a meme announcing the death of Lois Griffin went viral, and the celebrity death hoax trend on TikTok follows a similar format. Twitter user @minasdemon tweeted, “Lois Griffin dead at his 43,” and most of the trending videos have celebrity names followed by their ages, as if they were reading news headlines. increase. Both trends started around Christmas, so it’s not clear which trend influenced which, but it’s clear that there’s some overlap.
However, not everyone is a fan of this trend. Some people have taken to social media to express their concerns that the trend is erratic.one twitter A user wrote, “I don’t think the trend of fake celebrity deaths suits me.” another “Faking celebrity deaths for the sake of parents’ reactions is tik tok’s weirdest trend. Come on.” , some show critical reactions. One user responded, “You’re all bad guys and not in a funny way,” under the most popular Twitter compilation, and others agreed.In a video posted by Angela Bassett’s son, he tells her mother that she black panther The death of co-star Michael B. Jordan caused a huge backlash, prompting his son to post an apology follow-up video.
Regardless of what you think, celebrity death hoaxes, like most TikTok trends, can peak in popularity before disappearing. This will definitely not be the last.