With the cancel culture going strong on the internet, death hoaxes are gaining momentum as well.
- After #RIPEllen, we have #RIPJeffBezos.
- Twitter users recovered from their shock quick.
- Some expressed their dislike over the fake death tweets.
- Others used this opportunity to create more memes.
— camila ☁️ (@twtlivetrtdie) July 8, 2020
Similarly, like Ellen, Bezos has faced backlash during the pandemic. Amazon’s stock achieved a record high on July 6. Even with the global economy severely hit by COVID-19. Before that, he sold Amazon shares that are worth over $4 billion. Forbes reported that Bezos gained approximately $3.1 billion.
Instagram and Twitter expressed their distaste over the billionaire’s increasing wealth. This started another trend #EattheRich. But that’s another story.
The origin cannot be traced, but the news spread fast. Once the users realized that these rumors were false. Condolences began to pour with pictures. Some even claimed that he died due to drowning in the Amazon river.
As you can imagine, the picture were of anyone but Bezos.
— wynn ♡ (@zukosbitchhh) July 8, 2020
— verks ☭ (alot eras) (@DIV3RKS) July 8, 2020
Some Twitter users felt that real deaths many get lost in these fake hoaxes. They expressed their disgusts over the tweets.
.@jack, these #RIP things aren't funny. Last night it was @TheEllenShow, tonight it is @JeffBezos. @CharlieDaniels REALLY died, so there was a legitimate reason for a #RIPCharlieDaniels. Please suppress fake death hashtags from trending – they're really cheapening your site!
— Alt1J #TrumpPence2020 (@Alt1J) July 8, 2020
Recently, Bezos has been in the news for setting a new record. He is now worth $172 billion. According to Bloomberg Billionaire Index, he set a new record for world’s richest person.