Lil Bow Wow pretended to fly private on Instagram and got caught

Photo via Shad Moss/Instagram


Shad Moss (the artist formerly known as Lil Bow Wow) played himself this week when his Instagram post about flying in a private jet turned out to be an image from a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, transportation service’s website.

It all started when Moss Instagrammed a picture of a jet and some Mercedes vehicles with a caption about his Growing Up Hip Hop press tour earlier this week. Based on the caption, one might think Moss got on the plane and flew to New York:

But later that same day, a fan spotted Moss flying commercial from Atlanta and Snapchatted the evidence. The photo quickly spread all over Twitter:

To make matters worse, a simple reverse Google image search conducted by a fan apparently revealed that the pic in Moss’ Instagram actually originated from the website of Fort Lauderdale VIP Service—a small business travel company based out of Florida. In other words: He most likely was nowhere near a private jet when he posted that pic.

The roasts on Twitter have been… relentless.

#BowWowChallenge trended in the U.S., with people trying to outdo each other’s shabby-chic lifestyles:

This isn’t Moss’ first run-in with fake Insta posts, either: In 2016 he got called out for posting a pic of someone else’s pile of money.

H/T Daily Mail

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.