The holiday season TikTok trend of people lying to family members about celebrity deaths has divided the internet.
Some have called this trend “weird and pathetic,” while others have warned that it’s not funny to make jokes about death.
The hashtag “celebrity death prank” has nearly 89 billion views of him on TikTok, where people are seen pretending to reply to messages about family celebrities.
They usually place the name of an unexpectedly loved or loved one within earshot to trigger a shock and sadness response in that person.
Some of the celebrities who have made waves include Jon Bon Jovi, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Cher and Oscar winner Allison Janney.
All these stars are alive and well. “George Clooney has passed away at the age of 61,” the mischievous man yelled as if he were reading the news on his phone or laptop.
“No, don’t say that,” cried a woman wrapping Christmas presents, shedding tears.
Another woman exclaimed, “Oh my god, why are you doing that?” about the fake news shared by singer Erykah Badu.
Over the years, many celebrities have died on Christmas Day, so it doesn’t matter that people are easily fooled by pranks.
Celebrities who died at Christmas include Dean Martin, Charlie Chaplin, Eartha Kitt, and George Michael.
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Although intended as a humorous prank, some netizens called the trend “awful.”
“I believe in karma and this trend is fading fast,” one person tweeted. Another said, “This is disquieting, strange, pathetic. Idgaf, all ugly w****, don’t know what sorrow is, don’t know the power of words.
Anyone familiar with manifestation But I know why it’s dangerous to play with death.”
And the third wrote: “This is so sick.” However, others found the prank funny, with one tweeting, “This is hilarious.
Sorry lmaoooo.” “LOVE THIS,” wrote another. Some people felt that it was unusual for ordinary people to react so strongly to the death of a celebrity they had never met.
“I can’t believe people invest in celebrities like that,” said one Twitter user. But celebrity grief is normal and common, according to clinical psychologist Julia Blair.
“It’s not at all uncommon to feel sad after the death of a celebrity, because when we like or admire a celebrity, we form a personal bond with them,” says Blair. told Today. plays an important role in our lives. ”
The one-sided nature of relationships with celebrities means that people can immortalize them, for the role they play in milestone moments in people’s lives.
“Relationships with celebrities are different from everyday relationships,” therapist Aniesa Hanson told Psychology Today.
“Our emotional attachment to an influential person is based on our expectations of what we expect from that person at an influential moment in our lives.
Hanson added that people feel like celebrities’ work will last forever. “