The first few days in January were so boring and uninteresting that the internet focused its anger on a Twitter user who refused to open a can of beans for his little girl.
It didn’t take too long for 2020’s lunacy to spill over into 2021. A bizarre rumour about Kim Kardashian’s alleged impending divorce started to spread on social media.
Twitter users started to report that Kanye West was having an affair with Jeffree Star, a YouTuber and beauty guru.
Although the celebrity gossip was overshadowed by the chaos of January 6, the wild rumour remained. Fans of both celebs assembled “evidence,” including a Jeffree Star photo that captioned “I’m ready to Sunday Service”, and Star’s song from 2009 that mentions West.
Although the bizarre claim sounds absurd enough to entertain, Jeffree Star was able to comment on it. The beauty guru uploaded a YouTube video titled ” Addressing Kanye Situation”. In which he refutes the claim.
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“This is very strange…this is ridiculous. Let me say it once more: I like very tall men.
Where did this rumour originate? And how could it survive without any solid evidence?
The story was first reported on TikTok. This site is home to many conspiracy theories and misinformation. Influencer Ava Louise, who was behind the satirical TikTok “Coronavirus Challenge” last year, filmed herself cleaning a plane toilet seat. This is a reliable and serious source of information.
Louise published a TIPK Wednesday, making the shocking claim that:
“Kanye has been sexing with a well-known male beauty expert. Many people have known about him for a while. “
Louise wrote the caption:
It’s his self-hat ….. “My source is legit, I promise [sic]”
The internet took the rumour and made it a reality by naming Jeffree Star as the perpetrator. Fans pointed out that Star and West both live in Wyoming. This “evidence” along with Star’s selfie and song lyrics was enough to spread the rumour. Louise’s source of information was indeed “legit.”
Jeffree Star was sure to benefit from the free publicity, but it wasn’t so for Kanye West or Kim Kardashian. There’s a limit on the appeal of the internet’s attention. E! was told by a source close to the Kardashian clan. E! News was told by a source close to the Kardashian family that there is no truth to the Kanye and Jeffree rumours.
This bizarre tale is a great example of how an unsubstantiated, wild claim on TikTok can become mainstream. Fans cherry-pick evidence to fit their narrative preferences.
You can also conclude people have been indoors far too long – the internet is getting weirder every day.