Monday, March 20, 2017

Lying clickbait: Celebrities paired with hideous photos

There’s an epidemic on the internet of lying clickbait where photos of celebrities are paired with ugly mugshots of unrelated people. The headlines with these clickbait articles imply that the people in the hideous mugshots are either the celebrity today or their child.
In previous posts, I’ve noted instances of such lying clickbait involving Harrison Ford, Alison Arngrim, Kellie Williams, Steve Zahn, Anna Chlumsky and Lisa Bonet. The worst offender of this sort of lying clickbait is Revcontent.
What follows are some more recent examples.
Revcontent distributed an article titled “Michael Jordan won’t even talk to his son. Here’s why.” It featured a picture of the basketball star along with a mugshot of a thug with a face tattoo that says “Genius.” The suspect, named Jerome Smith, is not Jordan’s son.


Another Revcontent article titled “She never mentions her son. Here’s why” used a photo of actress Phylicia Rashad alongside a mugshot of a man with tattoos covering his face. The man, Michael Carter, is not Rashad’s son.


Yet another Revcontent article is titled “Once a star, now a junkie” uses a photo of actress Karen Malina White and a mugshot of some junkie, not White. She noted the dishonest ads on her Instagram page this month.


A Revcontent article titled “34 celebrities who went so broke it’s embarrassing” used a photo of actor Jaleel White in character as Steve Urkel from the sitcom “Family Matters” next to a mugshot of a man featured on the website Faces of Addiction.


And finally, a Revcontent post titled “21 celebrities who lost their looks and will make you shiver” used a photo of actress Jennifer Beals from the 1983 movie “Flashdance” next to a mugshot of a hideous person, not Beals. At age 53, Beals is still gorgeous.


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