Fans are flocking to Twitter in a panic as ‘RIP Eminem’ trends on social channels. According to NME.com, the viral hashtag began when a now-suspended account posted an ominous tweet : “I have killed Eminem.”
The rapper is alive, but Twitter users from all over are communicating their fear and shock. The influx of users speaking about the deceiving posts led to the trending hashtag.
One user chalked it up to 2020, saying, “It’s 2020 and anything can happen.”
Another user continued to harp on 2020. They communicated their exasperation with the year, writing “Stop doing this it’s 2020 aka the worst year of all time”
Continuing the posts, users employed memes and viral videos tagged with ‘RIP Eminem’ to express their shock humorously.
The viral ‘RIP Eminem’ comes after the rapper trended across social media in February for allegedly being the first celebrity to contract Covid-19. The headlines and rumors were proven untrue, when it became obvious the posts were just a play on his hit song, “Lose Yourself.” The memes had jokingly, and falsely, referred to the rapper’s Covid-19 symptoms as lyrics from his 2002 song : “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy // There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.” The rapper has not contracted the coronavirus, nor has it been factually reported weak knees, heavy arms, and vomit covered sweaters are symptoms of the virus.
Eminem has yet to comment on either of the trending rumors on his accounts, leaving fans to continue the dialogue (and jokes) on their own.