Obviously the ‘Avril Lavigne is dead’ conspiracy theory has already become a meme
God I love the internet
If for some reason you haven’t been on the internet in the past 48 hours – perhaps you’re having a social media detox or you’ve run out of data or you’ve retired to a small cabin in the woods where there’s no signal and you can hide from the true every day horrors of modern life – then you’ve missed a lot.
Firstly, Avril Lavigne is now dead.
OK well not technically dead. But there’s a huge viral conspiracy theory that says she has, and it’s resurfaced over the weekend and it’s everywhere. You can read all about it here.
While the conspiracy theory isn’t new – it’s been floating around since as far back as the prehistoric times of 2012 and had a huge moment in 2015 – its resurgence is largely down to social media oracle/truthseeker @givenchyass who posted the original challenge to Melissa Vandella’s empire of lies “Avril Lavigne is dead and has been replaced by a lookalike: a thread”.
And obviously, because this is the internet, a self-referential web of pseudo humour where nobody is quite sure what’s real and what’s not and what’s funny, it’s become a meme. Here are some of the best:
Seymour Skinner is dead and was replaced by a look-a-like: a conspiracy thread pic.twitter.com/NMXILZXGg6
— Pyroshima #FSHS (@nikofex) May 15, 2017
mr krabs is dead & was replaced by a look alike: a conspiracy theory thread pic.twitter.com/QjKBKUsgnt
— Jay Zim (@jay_zimmer) May 16, 2017
Linda Evangelista is dead and was replaced by a looklike: a cospiracy theory pic.twitter.com/FyZTPwHP2e
— Wilfred (@Pepkins88) May 16, 2017
me before the Avril Lavigne threads vs me after the Avril Lavigne thread pic.twitter.com/ZbrBaTRcfI
— Josh William Evans (@JoshEvans_) May 15, 2017
Isabella Parigi is dead and was replaced by Lizzie McGuire: a conspiracy theory thread pic.twitter.com/xgSez8DGXk
— Lizzie McGuire (@ImLizzieM) May 15, 2017
Conspiracy theory thread: Dwight Schrute died and was replaced by a look-alike pic.twitter.com/sADXFJolC1
— The Office Posts (@office_posts) May 15, 2017
parents: you were such a smart kid what happened??!?
me: your child died and was replaced by a lookalike; a conspiracy theory thread
— keith (@larasjeansong) May 16, 2017
bob the builder is dead and was replaced by a lookalike: a thread by me pic.twitter.com/WSNS5MlS5r
— ruby (@rosecoIoredgirl) May 14, 2017
The real you is dead and has been replaced by your social media persona
a conspiracy thread
— rob cham (@robcham) May 16, 2017
— caitlin ✨ (@jedicait) May 16, 2017
asians are dead and have been replaced by lookalikes: a thread by me pic.twitter.com/A6k0sjnQtu
— celly? (@fromafars) May 15, 2017
Kylie Jenner is dead & was replaced with an android laboratory experiment that looks nothing like her: a conspiracy theory thread pic.twitter.com/TSIilEwika
— Zach Svobodny (@ZachSvobodny) May 16, 2017
Lazy Town's Sportacus is dead and was replaced by a look-alike: a thread pic.twitter.com/IUlRRqlXF0
— goth pizza (@ailicecs) May 15, 2017
And my personal favourite:
Margaret Thatcher is dead and was replaced by a lookalike: a conspiracy theory thread pic.twitter.com/BSuuVApBm8
— _ (@prostgrad) May 15, 2017
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