8 Times Celebs' Twitter Accounts Were Hacked & Almost Had Us Fooled
May you sleep soundly tonight, Glee fans: Chris Colfer isn't going anywhere. WOO. Aaaand what do you know? The same can be said about Twitter hackers. BOO. Thursday, the Glee star’s personal Twitter account was compromised and the hacked tweet sent Gleeks into a collective tailspin: How will the show go on without Kurt?! But before we had time to digest the tweet, the truth came out. And yes, Gleeks are happy Colfer is not donezo. But ya know what? They're also pretty pissed off at the hacker. Note to self: Never trick a Glee fan.
Hey, it seemed like a legit tweet. It was coherent, the punctuation didn't go off the rails, there wasn’t excessive cussing, it lacked a shady spam link, and it never mentioned Satan/genitalia/feces. A hearty amount of Real Tweet Potential. Though the faux-nouncement popped up out of the blue and seemed bananas—what happened?! There's only one season left! And Colfer seems like an angel! Why on earth would any show let that angel go?!—stranger things have happened. We can't fault ourselves for believing it.
Colfer's is not the first celeb Twitter account to be snatched away by trolly claws, and it probably won't be the last. Such is life in the Internet age. It's a scary e-world out there.
Here are some of the best, funniest, and almost-believable Twitter hackings in recent memory:
Whoa-oh-oh-oh, tweet child of liiiiiiies. (You're so very welcome.)
Spoiler alert for anyone from the year 2010 or earlier: The Guns N' Roses UK tour was not canceled. While this tweet had Real Tweet Potential (see above criteria), it was kind of sus: As Billboard observes, this was Rose's first tweet in months. If a sporadic tweeter makes a major announcement out of no where, it's wise to proceed with caution.
& Lady Gaga
You may be hip to the "FREE [insert Apple product here]" scam, but as Tech Crunch notes, thousands of people clicked. I have to admit, the "Monsters" and the "Dearies" were nice touches. Extra points for personalizing the hacks.
& Carly Rae Jepsen
LOLOLOLOL. No, it wasn't an inside joke between label mates. 'Twas a hacker. And yes, "Bieber my balls" is a thing.
Not hacked tweet:
Got it? Great. Subtle, yet important distinction.
It's a testament to Kardashian's wonderfully crude sense of humor that anyone might think that tweet is real. Karadshian's response to the poop-tastic hack-a-thon:
And on that note, let us go update all of our passwords posthaste.