Trisha Paytas death hoax memes

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Trisha Paytas memes take over Twitter as her death hoax trends

#RIPTrisha became one of the top hashtags in the U.S. on Monday night.

 

Bryan Rolli

Internet Culture

Published Dec 1, 2020   Updated Dec 1, 2020, 8:38 am CST

YouTuber Trisha Paytas is no stranger to controversy, and she once again riled up Twitter users on Monday when the #riptrisha hashtag became one of the top trends in the United States. The 32-year-old social media personality was rumored to have died in a car accident, a baseless claim that nonetheless prompted a deluge of memes.  

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Word spread on Twitter that TMZ had apparently reported that Paytas had died in a car accident, according to MEAWW. But TMZ never shared this news, and the rumor collapsed under scrutiny. Even Twitter debunked the #riptrisha hoax, writing on its Explore page, “No, Trisha Paytas is not dead.”

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Of course, viral trends are rarely beholden to facts, and the #riptrisha hashtag still spread like wildfire. Many Twitter users appeared to know it was a hoax, instead using the hashtag to share memes at Paytas’ expense. 

“STREETS SAYING TRISHA PAYTAS GOT HIT BY A CAR?? #riptrisha,” one user wrote, attaching a clip from the movie Ma in which Octavia Spencer runs over a white woman with her pickup truck. 

Another user shared a photo of “the evolution of trisha paytas” that consisted of a cartoon woman, a totaled car, and a gravestone, a riff on the “Bimbofication” meme. 

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Many of the meme-makers spared no tears for Paytas, instead posting videos that mocked or celebrated her alleged death.

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At least one person seemed unclear who, exactly, was rumored to be dead, and instead memorialized Rebel Wilson in a sarcastic tweet.

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Some were simply amused by Twitter’s obvious exasperation over the nonsensical hashtag.

“Whoever Twitter hires to write the descriptions for trends is having a real one today,” @IzzyGayeDrag wrote. 

Paytas acknowledged the hoax on Monday night and confirmed that she had not gone anywhere. 

“Oh shit Twitter thought I was dead ?? Yikes ! I’m alive,” she tweeted.


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*First Published: Dec 1, 2020, 8:37 am CST