*Someone used the death of Nelson Mandela to play a Twitter prank on Paris Hilton.
“RIP Nelson Mandela,” her Photoshopped tweet read. “Your ‘I Have A Dream’ speech was so inspiring. An amazing man.”
Yes, Hilton was supposedly so clueless she confused Mandela with Martin Luther King Jr., the fake tweet would have you believe.
A quick check of Hilton’s verified account at the time the hoax started revealed she was on a plane to Miami, according to the Los Angeles Times. The socialite and reality star was quick to retweet items debunking the hoax, which according to Gossip Cop came from the account @DeletedTweets. And as the name suggests – the fake tweet was soon deleted.
“Just landed & heard the sad new[s] about Nelson Mandela,” Hilton (really) wrote Thursday after touching down in Miami. “He was a true Hero & the world is a better place because of him. May he rest in peace.”
Eleven minutes later, she let loose.
“Whoever made that stupid fake tweet lacks respect to the loss the world is mourning right now. Same goes for all the blogs who ran with it.”
The “stupid fake tweet,” which included an image of the purported message, was first circulated right around the time lots of news organizations were reacting to the former South African president’s death, and harvesting celebrity reactions to his passing.
In the wee hours Friday morning, Hilton was still ticked off, tweeting, “I’m so sick of people lying about me & using my name. Please get a life & stop talking about mine. It’s beyond. #URPathetic #GetYourOwnLife”