Advertising stunt or just a sick mind, call it whatever you want, but celebrity death hoaxes happen more often than not and thanks to the internet they easily get viral. The most recent victim of such a death hoax is beloved actor Morgan Freeman. But don’t worry, Morgan Freeman is dead just online, on a Facebook page set in his memory.
This Monday, the internet went viral with the news Morgan Freeman is dead. A Facebook page received a million likes from the actor’s fans after it spread the news about Morgan Freeman’s death. Fortunately for the movie industry and fans, Morgan Freeman is dead only on that particular Facebook page.
The 75-year-old actor was reported to have died earlier this week. Again. This isn’t the first time Facebook or Twitter kills Morgan Freeman and stirs controversy among fans. According to the recent Morgan Freeman celebrity death hoax on Facebook, the actor died “at about 5 p.m. ET on Thursday…due to a artery rupture”.
“Morgan was born on June 1, 1937. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page” reads a message on the Facebook page that scored a million likes by taking advantage of Morgan Freeman’s fans.
Many fans didn’t take the news lightly and found the recent Morgan Freeman celebrity death hoax to be in poor taste. This August, a recent poll had people throw their vote on what would be an appropriate consequence for death hoaxes or virtual murder. Fans are so outraged they argue the people behind the celebrity death hoaxes should be put behind bars or have limited access to social networks.
Pamela Brown Rutledge , Pd. D, M.B.A., believes creators of celebrity death hoaxes “are counting upon fans’ emotional attachment to the celebrities to generate an immediate reaction and override a more measured response of healthy skepticism”.
Even if there are people that find hoaxes such as Morgan Freeman is dead to be ironic or funny, “most hoaxes are designed to promote the psychological or commercial interests of the perpetrator at the expense of the victims” warns Pamela Brown Rutledge.