All of us ordinary people living in our hovels, collecting dirt into our hands, and spitting on it to sculpt model houses of the kind we’ll never be able to afford, often feel as if we’re impossibly far beneath the rich and powerful celebrities who dominate our culture. Fortunately, sometimes things happen to remind us that, regardless of their vast wealth and social advantages, the most famous among us are actually just regular people—or, in the case of a chain letter prank going around Instragram right now, more gullible than the majority of us.
“It can be used in court cases in litigation against you,” the message warns. “Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from today Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed [sic].”
The list of celebrities with a mid-’90s level of internet savvy currently includes everyone from Julia Roberts, Tom Holland, Julianne Moore, Retta, Rob Lowe, Rita Wilson, and Judd Apatow to Waka Flocka Flame, Usher, Gal Gadot, and Vice founder Shane Smith.
A couple, like Trevor Noah and John Mayer, have made fun of the trend, but, they’re in the minority when compared to the many others who don’t seem to have noticed how fake the whole thing is. In case you wondered how the life-threatening non-science of anti-vaccination dipshits spread from fringe celebrities to a global health issue, well, this seems like a good, decidedly less frightening case in point.
It’s all enough to make us, dirt-streaked, tatter-clothed plebeians that we are, feel better than the rich and famous. This time, at least, nobody’s being hurt by their inability to read things fully and no adverse consequences will come from this. Or, at least, that’s something we can tell ourselves until we see that the current stewards of world peace are stupid enough to fall for the prank, too.
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