Remember the fourth round of celebrities reading mean tweets on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that we wrote about earlier today? Well, it turns out, according to Gawker with help from journalist Rebecca Dana, that at least 39 percent of the tweets are either fake or unverified.
After searching for the actual users mentioned in the Jimmy Kimmel segment, Dana found that many of the mean-spirited tweets came from accounts that had been since deactivated or never existed at all.
Gawker dug deeper into the scandal Woodward and Bernstein-style, and discovered that of the 13 mean tweets read in the Kimmel segment, only 8 were totally verifiable. Gawker writes: “Four seemed like they were probably invented, one other rated suspicion.”
The biggest red flag came from “Twitter user” @GOLF-GUY_127 who wrote, “It’s a good thing Ray Romano is funny because his face looks like a dump I took today.” Gawker writes that the user name @GOLF-GUY_127 would be impossible to create on Twitter.
Other phony usernames listed on Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment include @tweetlikeitsmyj and @Zyx443 who wrote: “Hey @zachbraff, I could take a picture of a piece of s#!t in my toilet and it would be a better movie than Garden State.”
Gawker broke down every previous iteration of the segment beginning with its maiden voyage, in which all mentioned Twitter users are actually real (gasp). Round two and three sit around a 70 to 80 percent real user ratio.
I don’t know about you, but the idea of some poor Kimmel writer being forced to write straight-up dick things about celebrities he or she may like is so depressing.