Beware of Fakes
We all know that there are a lot of fake celebrities on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc. People who pretend to be famous people when they really aren't. But now it's gotten way out of hand.
A few days ago, we posted about an interview that one of our affiliates, the Twilight Review, had with "Ashley Greene." The interview had been done through Facebook, and now it turns out that that was not the real Ashley Greene.
"So we here at Twilight-Review were hit with a big blow today. Ashley Greene’s lawyers contacted us and said it was NOT Ashley Greene who gave us an exclusive interview. We did the interview via facebook, and a number of sources confirmed to us that it was in fact Ashley Greene, however we now know this information is false. The facebook page in question is this one https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1684162234&ref=ts and also this one http://www.facebook.com/ashleymichelegreene. Please, if you are her friend on facebook remove her as she’s not the real Ashley. I am hurt and disappointed that someone would pretend to be Ashley to the extent that they would give out an ENTIRE false interview, knowing someone would be hurt in the process. Also, now the real Ashley Greene had to have her lawyers contact us about this matter. We are huge fans of hers and want to express our sinceriest apologies to Ashley Greene for any headache this may have caused. We would also like to apologize to the fans who, just like us, believed this to be the real Ashely Greene."
The fakes on Twitter are effecting people, too. Fear Net interviewed Michael Sheen about what got him to start his Twitter account, and here's what he said:
"The only reason I went on Twitter was because there was someone pretending to be me who sounded like such an idiot, so it was reflecting badly on me. My auntie, who was already on Twitter, let me know there was this person doing this, so I had to go on and say, "This is me."
When it comes to celebrities, there are so many fake accounts that it's hard to tell who's real and who's not…
I spent a couple of weeks trying to convince people that I was the real me, and it became sort of a "Twit-off" with this pretender. It was Neil Gaiman who eventually made the big difference when he announced that I was the "official" me. I always intended to end it then and not do it anymore, but I just got hooked on it."
To avoid following fakes, the Twilight Lexicon has a list of some things to look out for:
1. The account only talks about Twilight. Real actors are involved in tons of projects. They mention them all. If the only industry item they mention is Twilight, something is up.
2. The Twilightthemovie website has a listing of the actors who are on social networking sites like MySpace. Use that as a verification tool.
3. A real star’s account wouldn’t “take a side in” a casting issue, or post leaked photos. It would be career suicide.
4. A real account wouldn’t only post photos from official PR junkets, or paparazzi photos.
5. In the end, it’s common sense, but if you get fooled, don’t feel too bad. Gil Birmingham, Kiowa Gordon, and Charlie Bewley all got fooled at one point too.