Ordinarily, when the online bloodseekers want to try and hoax-kill a celebrity, they make do with promoting the star’s death on just one social network.
Well, as we all know by now, Chris Brown is a special kind of case.
So when the Internet collectively decided to take another stab at killing off the R&B star this morning, they did so not only through the power of Twitter, but on YouTube as well.
While most fake celebrity deaths are propagated through an “RIP [insert name of unfortunate celeb du jour here]” hashtag on Twitter, Brown’s would-be faux killers did one better by inundating the comments section of just about every music video on his official YouTube channel with messages of mourning.
“Rest in peace – may you be greeted in heaven by seventy virgins and a baseballbat,” read a liberally thumbed comment on “Turn Up the Music.” “I know that’s what you always wanted.”
“I didn’t like him as a person, I don’t like his music, but still I believe that no-one should die at such a young age,” read another. “RIP Chris, you’ll be beating women in hell from now to eternity.”
Granted, not the most sorrowful messages of mourning, but what they lack in sentiment, they make up for in sheer number.
“R.I.P. Chris Brown :(,” began the list of comments on “She Ain’t You,” followed in quick succession by “Goodbye x,” and the ever popular “RIP C Breezy.”
His fans attempted to squash the rumor on Twitter, lashing out at the YouTube death propagators and attempting to start their own ill-conceived meme.
“RIP Chris Brown does not mean Rest in Piece, it means Really Talented Person,” read one oft-retweeted message.
Needless to say that although the intention was a good one, the execution left much to be desired. It also looks like the original tweeter, who has since deleted the account, quickly picked up on the fact that RIP actually means “rest in peace,” not “rest in piece,” and that while arguments may be made for Brown being a “really talented person,” the acronym for that would be RTP, not RIP.
So, yeah. If you want to stop Twitter’s killing spree, you’re gonna have to try a little harder.