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Twitter user tricks people into thinking Bono is dead

Always look at the username!


Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 25, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:02 am CDT

Twitter comedian @VRSJMS, aka Various Jams, just pulled off his most audacious prank yet. He changed his profile name and avatar to impersonate BBC News before tweeting that U2 singer Bono had died.

Though he’s since changed both his photo and display name back, the tweet is still up there and you can see that quite a few people were tricked.

Most of the responses, however, were by people who had spotted the username. Some joined in on the joke.

While others just appreciated it.

At least one person was actually concerned for VJ.

Twitter user Mirza was a bit harsh.

Some people were genuinely angry with him for tweeting about the fake death, though.

One guy is actually trying to get VJ banned from Twitter.

Far from being concerned, however, VJ seems to think it’s the funniest thing ever and has actually retweeted it.

He also assured everyone that Bono is, in fact, alive and well.

Which got some funny responses of its own.

He then went on to tweet that actor Adam Sandler had died,—without the BBC avatar this time.

Various Jams isn’t going to let anyone stop him. The Daily Dot has reached out to him for comment and will update this story if he gets back to us.


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*First Published: Jul 25, 2019, 11:00 am CDT