- Former developer at software company deletes his code to protest its ties to ICE 5 Years Ago
- A mysterious website is doxing Hong Kong protesters and journalists Today 1:44 PM
- The best ‘Skyrim’ followers and how to get them Today 1:26 PM
- Why Joel Osteen gets cyberbullied every time Houston floods Today 12:40 PM
- How to stream Jets vs. Patriots in Week 3 Today 12:39 PM
- 10 indie dating simulator games you should be playing Today 12:31 PM
- How to stream Packers vs. Broncos in Week 3 Today 12:14 PM
- Saudi crown prince’s former adviser suspended from Twitter Today 11:57 AM
- How to stream Cowboys vs. Dolphins in Week 3 Today 11:57 AM
- YouTuber to pay restitution after a teen fan died copying her video Today 10:36 AM
- Antonio Brown sent ‘intimidating’ texts to an accuser, including a pic of her children Today 9:38 AM
- Facebook suspended tens of thousands of apps after Cambridge Analytica scandal Today 8:24 AM
- How to stream Browns vs. Rams on Sunday Night Football Today 6:00 AM
- How to watch ‘NFL Primetime’ on ESPN+ Today 5:00 AM
- How to stream Liverpool vs. Chelsea Friday 6:45 PM
Faux couture: Instagram user busts celebs fake wristwear
FakeWatchBusta has called out the watches of rappers like Rick Ross, Riff Raff, and Sean Kingston.
Instagram user FakeWatchBusta is to the jewelry industry what a polygraph is to lies.
The account is run by a 30-something year old European watch geek who combs through photos of celebrities showing off their shiny watches and proves that they are fake.
FakeWatchBusta has called out the wristwear of rappers like Rick Ross, Riff Raff, and Sean Kingston. In two months he’s amassed 30,739 followers and a bunch of legal headaches. He said he received a cease and desist letter at least once a week on behalf of some celebrity upset over his mythbusting. That also includes Knicks star Carmelo Anthony who called out for wearing a fake Audemars Piguet and Panerai, which can run between $4,000 to $800,000 each according to thewatchquote.com.
The fashion industry’s problem with counterfeits and fakes is nothing new. While there’s been a crack down on these knockoff peddlers, hundreds of New York City streets have some guy trying to pawn off a Folex. Furthermore, a simple search for “buy fake watches” on Google turns up sites like perfectwatches.cn, fakerolex.evenweb.com, and georgefakes.com selling relicas.
So the question is, are these rappers being scammed out of their money or are they fully aware that they’re wearing fake timepieces? FakeWatchBusta, who owns a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master 8 days and a Panerai 312 of his own, believes it’s the latter.
“But if [the rappers] wanted the real deal from, say, Ben Baller it would be twice the price,” he said. “ I don’t think they care about the watch part—it’s the diamonds and shit that’s important to them. I think it’s more jewelry than watches for most of them. I mean Soulja Boy’s watch is a bad Audemars Piguet quartz fake and the battery has run out so it shows the same time in all his pictures. It’s 10:25 all day, every day. It’s pretty funny.”
Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.