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Fake Will Ferrell Tweeter Fools Media With Trayvon Martin Tweets

A trickster with a fake Will Ferrell twitter feed pulled the  wool over the press’ eyes over the weekend when he or she—posing as the comic  actor—dared not only weigh in on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, but demanded the Florida teen’s admitted killer,  neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, face the death  penalty.

Too bad some in the media didn’t realize Ferrell doesn’t even tweet!

The confusion started when the owner of the account @RealFerrellWill issued a tweet on Saturday seeking to raise  awareness and donations in Trayvon’s name.

“R.I.P. Trayvon Martin,” wrote the imposter. “For every R-T this tweet gets, $1 will  be donated to the #TrayvonMartin Foundation, which helps counteract  racism.”

It was a lovely thought, and one too good for some news outlets to pass up.

Several outlets failed not only to check if the Trayvon Martin Foundation  actually exists (it doesn’t), but also to verify whether it was actually Will  doing the tweeting (it wasn’t, according to his spokesman).

“He doesn’t have a Twitter page,” Ferrell’s publicist, Matt  LaBov, tells E! News. “He’s had a lot of imposters over the years just  like Seth  Rogen and a lot of other celebrities and unfortunately there’s no  way Twitter seems to get a handle on verifying who’s who. It’s unfortunate there  are not better safeguards in place.”

To be fair, the funnyman has joked about tweeting on Jimmy  Kimmel Live, so LaBov might be only partially correct.

But the fake Ferrell wasn’t done. On Sunday, the account issued a more  serious missive:

“I truly believe that Zimmermon should have the death penalty..  #TrayvonMartin was a innocent kid who just wanted to eat some skittles.”

With word of the hoax surfacing in the blogosphere, Twitter finally took  action and @RealFerrellWill has since been supended.

Now if only the microblogging site would do something about all the other  imposters out there (like this other guy) claiming to be the comedian….

 

 

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