‘Mel Gibson dead’ rumors hit the Web today. Having ‘Mel Gibson dead’ rumors wasn’t surprising, since ‘Mel Gibson dead’ stories are the only ones that hadn’t spread online yet. After weeks of ugly stories and tapes about the former megastar, it was surprising that the Internet death mill was just getting to him. After spammers failed to convince people that Lindsay Lohan died last week, they moved on to kill someone who allegedly delivered death threats on tape. But the Mel Gibson dead stories were discredited, as the scandal is not getting that bad just yet.
The Internet has already killed off countless celebrities before their time. Since Gibson is the flavor of the month to bash, protest and ridicule, online scammers picked this easy target. Given his well-documented rage and issues, those who wrote ‘Mel Gibson dead’ rumors likely had an easy time.
According to these latest unconfirmed reports, Gibson either committed suicide or was assassinated. The ‘story’ broke on Twitter, as several tweets had an ‘RIP Mel Gibson’ message. Of course, they might have just been saying RIP to his career, which has been declared dead over and over in the last month.
As expected, the ‘Mel Gibson dead’ reports have no official confirmation. As far as anyone knows, he is still alive, and still in hiding thanks to ugly audio tapes on Radar Online. But at the least, Gibson isn’t topping Internet search engines because he made a new death threat or racial slur this time around.
The Internet death industry is starting to get a little predictable. The ‘Mel Gibson dead’ story is an obvious rumor to start, given his issues right now. Last week, they tried to say Lindsay Lohan overdosed due to her impending jail sentence. They used to kill off celebrities who weren’t already in massive trouble, but now they’re going for obvious targets.
This might make more people actually believe their claims, at least at first. Yet, starting a ‘Mel Gibson dead’ story is merely par for the course in this scandal. So many have piled on him – or claimed he was being set up – that declaring him dead is hardly the most hysterical element of this saga.
For the moment, Gibson hasn’t gone this far to solve his problems. However, he is still the pariah of the moment in Hollywood, and in the media. But this is the first time the social media has declared Mel Gibson dead, which is practically a badge of honor at this point. With that, his turmoil has truly made it into the big time.
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