Those no-good TikTok kids are at it again! This holiday season, people are pranking their parents by telling them that their favorite celebrities are dead. The script usually goes as follows — Child, looking at phone: “OMG. Mom!! Bon Jovi reported dead at 60!” Mom: “WHAAAAAAAAAA?!?! NOOOOO!!! I have nothing left to live for!!!!” Child: *snickers* Mom: “Are you joking? I’ll kill you!” The odd time, a particularly clever prankster will throw in a cause of death (lots of car crashes and heart attacks). While these videos are controversial, Newsweek reports that the hashtag #celebritydeathprank has almost 89 billion views on TikTok.
Here are some of the prank vids compiled into montages:
Some people think the prank is too dark, even for the Internet. via Newsweek:
Despite the intention for it to be a humorous prank, some internet users slammed the trend as “horrible.”
“I believe in karma and this trend is gonna go south very quickly,” tweeted one person.
Another added: “This is unsettling, weird, and pathetic. Idgaf y’all ugly w****s don’t know what grief is and y’all don’t know the power of words. Anyone who knows about manifestation knows why playing with death is DANGEROUS.”
And a third wrote: “This is so sick.”
Others think the over-the-top reactions are hilarious. “They all act as if they personally know them.”
I watched a full hour of these videos last night (much to my partner’s chagrin), and it was interesting to see which celebrities people love. Jon Bon Jovi is huge. So are Mick Jagger and Celine Dion. There are also lots of Eminem, Andy Cohen, George Clooney, Kris Jenner, Oprah, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington, and D*nald Tr*mp ones. If I wanted to do this to my parents, I couldn’t since Don Knotts and Alex Trebek are already dead. There’s no one left for them to mourn.