Give Thanks These 2015 Celebrity Hoaxes Were Fake
We we're worried for a second that Jennifer Lawrence was turning into a dramatic diva when a video surfaced of here storming out of an interview with the sketch comedy duo Smosh for Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II.
Smosh had planned to put Lawrence through an awkward interview, but the star figured out the prank and walked out on them first with help from Prank It FWD. After storming away, Lawrence returned to reveal that the Smosh pranksters had been pranked and that all her anger was faked.
While we gather around the cornucopia this Thanksgiving, we will be thankful that Lawrence isn't a total terror, just a good trickster. Here are seven other 2015 hoaxes and rumors we will be thinking about while we pass the green bean casserole.
SUGAR RAY IS OKAY
In February, late '90s music fans were rocked with the news that Mark McGrath was shot and killed – except the Sugar Ray frontman didn't know anything about it.
The shocking announcement came through a phony press release that was sent to various media outlets, claiming McGrath had died. The very alive singer went to Twitter to shut down the rumors and claim he had no involvement with the release.
THE QUEENS ARE ALRIGHT
The idea of Adele and Beyoncé being best friends is something that frequently appears in our dream journal, so it hurt to hear the "Hello" singer turned down a collaboration with Queen B.
Thankfully the rumor was squashed almost as soon as it started. Adele cleared the air in a Beats1 interview, saying, "I'm such a fan, oh my God," and "Obviously, Queen B until the day I die."
DARTH ISN'T DEAD
Don't fret: the voice of Darth Vader and Mufasa isn't dead.
In September, a parody website posted news that James Earl Jones passed away. While the death notice's link took you to a site proclaiming "You got owned!" many just read the headline and shared the news. Friends and fans of Jones, 84, quickly took to Twitter once the hoax started to spread and ended the rumors.
SANTANA ROCKS ON
Mark it down, 2015 is the year of the death hoax. Carlos Santana was also the victim of death hoax in September.
Multiple media outlets shared news that the Grammy-winning musician, 68, was found dead in his car. Santana's team quickly put an end to the rumors, posting on Facebook that the guitarist was alive and enjoying his morning.
RACCOON, TAKE THE WHEEL
In October, a phony incident report appeared online, telling the story of a drunk Navy officer who grabbed a raccoon and used its sober breath to open the anti-DUI system on his car. Supposedly, the officer tossed the raccoon, who passed out from fright, into his open car and drove off, only to have the animal come to and terrorize him while he was driving.
The report, which was picked up by several news sites, turned out to be a tall tale. A public affairs officer from the Navy base named in the incident report announced that the report was forged by some joker and then shared online.
ALL CLUES POINT TO NO
Perhaps the strangest death hoax of 2015, a rumor spread online that Steve Burns of Blues Clues fame died in a car accident. The fake story was posted by parody site MSMBC and was taken to be true. Burns, who played Steve on the kids' show, came forward to say he was breathing and doing just fine.
The isn't the first time Burns has had to prove his vitality: The former TV actor has been the victim of multiple death hoaxes since leaving Blues Clues.