The phrase “RIP Eminem” started trending today on Twitter, putting fans in an uproar about the rapper’s possible demise until people eventually figured out that it wasn’t true.
“Why is #ripeminem trending he is alive stop doing this it’s 2020 aka the worst year of all time,” wrote @MoThaGod1.
@scarecrow1966 told @MoThaGod1: “OMG ?I actually thought he’d gone… who started this shit?”
“This has been reported to Twitter so hopefully they can look into this and remove it,” said @spearson5.
— Seth (@SethShaffer) August 18, 2020
Those on social media were almost immediately scared and concerned that the circulating news was true.
@Y0KE_ wrote “saw #ripeminem and damn near had a fucking emotional breakdown.”
@andrew_stow said, “Who got #ripeminem trending? Y’all can go straight to hell!” and used the Denzel Washington “oh my god who died please don’t do that ever again” meme.
It seems the Denzel Washington fake alarm gif is the go-to gif when someone wants to announce that a tweet about a celebrity death is almost surely fake.
— ☢︎︎ (@Y0KE_) August 18, 2020
The “RIP Eminem” phenomenon may have possibly stemmed from one tweet that then went viral.
Rumors often run wild on Twitter, and this false report about Eminem was no different. It probably doesn’t help that the death of Eminem was trending in 2020, the year that anything and everything has gone wrong.
“BRUH I THOUGHT EMINEM ACTUALLY DIED CAUSE IT’S 2020 AND ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN BUT IT’S JUST YALL PLAYING TOO MUCH AGAIN #ripeminem,” said one person on social media.
The trend also aggravated people who are likely tired of seeing news about celebrities dying when they actually didn’t. One good example of this is Betty White.
Whenever White trends, many tend to think that it’s because she died. While we all have to go some day, it feels like it’s going to hurt even more when Betty White does go.
The lone tweet about Eminem came about less than a month after Snoop Dogg said the artist was not on his list of the best rappers.
He made the statements in an interview with Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” on July 29. Snoop Dogg instead listed legacy rappers like Dr. Dre as his top inspirations.
“Eminem, the great White hope. White rappers had zero respect in rap. Let’s keep that one thou-wow. None. He [Dr. Dre] has probably put Eminem in the position to where he could be one of the top 10 rappers ever. I don’t think so, but the game feels like he’s top 10 lyricists and all that that comes with it. But that’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem that he could find.”