‘Eminem’s Daughter’ Twitter ‘Hoax’ is Just Creepy

Everybody wants to be famous, but while most people want to see their own name up in lights, others seek that fame by becoming somebody else. It’s as the literary character Tom Ripley says: “It’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.” Of course, he turned out to be a murderer.On Twitter, legitimate celebrity accounts are identified these days by a blue verification badge in the form of a check mark by their name. But the badges are bestowed by Twitter and typically aren’t handed out to family members of famous folk. This is how one Twitter user was able to “become” Eminem’s daughter.

Hailie Jade Mathers, only daughter of the towheaded rap icon, was the victim of just such a wannabe, a girl (one hopes) who goes by the name @Angry_Blonde. The tweeter, who has just returned to micro-blogosphere, sends out frequent tweets about her life, her travels and her “famous dad.” It was convincing enough to fool E! News; Eminem’s publicist even had to put out a release assuring people that the account was bogus. If her posts were real, they would be the sort of mundane musings one might expect from a 16-year-old. Considering they’re not, they come across as creepy.


Some fake “real” Twitter accounts are created for simple humor, perhaps most visibly that of @cwalken (since deleted), a Christopher Walken imitator that was more Christopher Walken than the real thing. Also, it’s not uncommon to come across such Twitter luminaries as Darth Vader, Edgar Allen Poe and God. Yes, God has a Twitter account (@god, natch). Nobody following @god expects that they are receiving true divinations (again, hopefully). @Angry_Blonde is not one of these. She seems to want nothing more than for people to believe that she is Hailie Jade, even announcing upon her return that “the REAL Hailie Jade is back.” A Twitter hoax this isn’t. Even cute girls can be crazy, I guess.

What’s fascinating is the motivations behind these imposters. There is not a financial gain, for while companies do sponsor brand name celebrities, no reputable corporation would hang its hat on the liar — there’s too much fear of a lawsuit. Achieving a fame beyond your “mask” is not possible either, so what is left?

In the end, it seems like it’s all about love. Most likely, the imposters just want the love that comes with being “somebody,” the love of people hanging on your words, eager to see what you come up with next. It’s not the greatest excuse in the world, but I guess, for some, it beats being that real nobody.      

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