Wayne Knight Hoax: Newman is Alive, No JokeBy: Aleyia Dixon - March 16, 2014
For some reason, the Internets like to make up stories of celebrities dying. The result is a bunch of confusion and possibly unnecessary tumultuous feelings–all for the sake of some website traffic.
This wasn’t a plot planned by his nemesis, Jerry, at all– it was merely an inconsiderate act by a website to be remained nameless.
At a time when most news is heard first on the internet or via social media, the effectiveness of the prank moved fast. Many fans Tweeted their grief:
until Wayne Knight himself used the good of Twitter to send out a quick press release sure to spread as quickly as the rumor:
True to his profession, he also threw in a dart at the trending culture of social media,
then added a more serious tweet addressed to friends and family before retweeting a related post.
Although it is a relief that Wayne Knight has not died in the crash, we are sure that the family of the 26-year-old who has died and the three critically injured people who were reported to actually be in the crash do not feel the same relief. So while there is room for a comedian to joke about his death, it just doesn’t feel right to brush things off as “alls well that ends well”– The actual people hurt in the accident just aren’t famous enough to make a social media trending topic.
In yet another strange case of celebrities, normal people, death, social media and those affected by it, an accident that will forever affect the friends and family of those in the actual car crash has been dismissed as a hoax because someone decided to falsely attach a celebrity to it.
Our condolences to those in the actual crash that Wayne was purported to be in, and hello, Newman–we’re glad that you’re okay.
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