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Rihanna caught up in Twitter hoax

Rihanna unwittingly fueled a publicity-seeking hoax

Rihanna unwittingly fueled a publicity-seeking hoax

An online campaign that urged women to embrace “managed anorexia” pitted R&B star Rihanna against the globally despised author of the “size 0″ effort.

“Girls are dying all over the world because of ignorant individuals like this Kenneth Tong,” Rihanna tweeted in response to Tong’s string of tweets urging people to starve themselves to become fashionably thin.

The dustup quickly made Tong an infamous Twitter sensation and he drummed up nearly 23,000 followers in a snap.

Kenneth Tong fooled all of Twitter

Kenneth Tong fooled all of Twitter

The whole thing was a publicity-seeking hoax.

“It came about after an interesting discussion I had with a friend of mine,” Tong said in an online post this week. “The discussion centered round whether it was possible, to go from nowhere to be a globally recognized figure within a week harnessing the power of the Internet and specifically Twitter, which I have always maintained is a better medium than national TV. My friend said it wasn’t possible. I said it was.”

Tong, a Hong Kong native now living in the U.K., was right. In a slew of mean-spirited tweets he urged people to embrace the life-threatening eating disorder with messages like, “To be thinner, skip dinner. Anorexia is not evil, it is an oft mismanaged blessing.”

In one tweet he posted a photo of a young woman whom he had supposedly counseled to a size-0 frame, boasting that because of her slender physique she had spent the night with the artist Drake.

Rihanna’s irate response to his messages, “This is exactly why girls are doing everything to destroy their bodies!” quickly became a top tweet.

This week, after becoming the man tweeters loved to hate, Tong fessed up.

“I chose the subject as a hoax as I knew it’d be appalling to men and women,” he said in his post. “The campaign has worked; I have been a trending topic on Twitter for over a week.”

The 25-year-old fame seeker, who has appeared on reality television, also said he has a slew of media appearances scheduled, and apologized.

“My honest personal opinion on managed anorexia is it is an disgusting and illogical idea,” he said. “To all the people I have offended as part of this scientific experiment, I would like to apologize.”

He said he’ll contribute to an eating-disorders charity as a way to atone.

It doesn’t look like Rihanna has responded to the online confession. Her last tweet on the matter was a few days before Tong came clean: Young ladies, love yourself! Your skin, your booty, your hair… You’re all beautiful! Keep your hearts pure! Love and laugh, and live life.”

- Jennifer Brett, The Buzz, jbrett@ajc.com

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Mo

January 14th, 2011
4:19 pm

If she knows to ignore Chris Brown and Raz B on Twitter she should have ignored this publicity seeker. Why bring attention to negativity on Twitter? Yet, so many other celebrities respond as well. Just focus on the true fans.

Tim

January 14th, 2011
5:19 pm

ReRe is nothing but a drama queen and more of her mess is coming to light!!!

Addison Steele

January 14th, 2011
6:24 pm

“The whole thing was a publicity-seeking hoax.”

Nicely stated, Jennifer… in your 434-word story on an artificial news event. Thanks for keeping it irony-free.

luvswheatbread

January 14th, 2011
7:20 pm

she fine! Kandi… I’m still waitin’

My Special Voice

January 14th, 2011
11:55 pm

@Mo…What are you talking about”if she knows to ignore Chris Brown,she should have ignored Kenneth Tong’? Fact is,Chris Brown doesn’t pay that trollup any attention.If anything she pays him attention by responding to a tweet he wrote to his fans and also by constantly using his name to get people to feel sorry for her…

I’m sick of her dumb fans always bringing up Chris Brown,he has nothing to do with that woman.

Mo

January 15th, 2011
12:31 am

I am not a fan of Rihanna or Chris Brown, I am stating facts. If Chris Brown wants people to stop bringing up Rihanna maybe he should stop referencing her on his Twitter page for all to read. Though I doubt that will happen. Rihanna does not need anyone’s sympathy. She continues to have top ten hits while her ex is is rarely played on Top 40 radio. I am smart enough to know that though she is a mediocre singer, Rihanna’s career continues to do well thanks to media coverage, radio airplay, and album sales.

God's girl

January 15th, 2011
1:11 am

I say leave RiRi alone, How was she to know that it was a hoax! She felt like she was standing up for what she believed in. she thought that this guy was doing a terrible thing by getting young girls to have eating disorders. So I say good for her for trying to use her celeb statis for a good cause instead of something negative. So stop hating on her

indeed

January 15th, 2011
4:53 am

I agree @God’s girl. It sounds like she got fooled right along with everyone else. @Mo girl stop… Rihanna does not need to bring up Chris Brown to up her fame, in case u haven’t noticed … she’s way more successful than he is. No offense to you or any other fans of his, but Chris Brown is on the verge of becoming a has been…

indeed

January 15th, 2011
4:56 am

Sorry not directed @mo meant to reply to “my special voice”

Shredded Tweets

January 15th, 2011
8:13 am

Anorexia was invented by a little girl named Twiggy in 1966. “You are what you Tweet”, she said. The whole world followed, and by 1971, George Harrison had to give a benefit performance for all the anorexic victims in Bangaladesh. That’s how stupid people are. They see a skinny babe and do whatever she sez. They even gave her all their money.

Nothing’s changed, and nothing’s different with the imbeciles here in the USA. They fall for every gag, every bit, every monkey-suit in an ice cube/bigfoot hoax that comes down the pike.

Why? Because we are unruddered doldrums. We are listless, leaderless, shiftless and lazy.

An entire country filled with total morons. That’s you, America.

bwa

My Special Voice

January 15th, 2011
9:09 am

@Mo……Stop lying,he never references her not even in the least.I am so sick of people like you with your own personal issues projecting your ignorance and pain onto Chris Brown and what’s even sadder is that people like you go from blog to blog spreading lies on Chris instead of getting the mental help you obviously need….

My Special Voice

January 15th, 2011
9:13 am

@ Indeed…You need to address those lies you tell to someone else.I am sick of you Rihanna fans always pushing that woman on people.You speak of hits,well guess what I haven’t heard any of her music because she’s useless to me musically,so spread your rhetoric to someone who is impress because I frankly don’t care.

My Special Voice

January 15th, 2011
9:16 am

The word “hater” is overused by those that think everyone must agree on all things.What I speak comes from someone who is simply not impressed with gimmicks,she’s a disgrace to music no matter the genre.I am truly sick of that woman thinking people are supposed to feel sorry for her miserable butt.

My Special Voice

January 15th, 2011
9:23 am

@ Shredded Tweets….I love your words because you seem to be an independent spirit,these people seem to be followers and I always clash with followers because they are so dumb and lack the ability to seek change.

I was talking with Grand Pops recently and we were talking music and he told me that back in the day that “good music” was the norm,not the exception and that it had messages,oh how I wish I lived during that time.I’m 21 and I listen to music from the 60’s and 70’s.

eastbeachssi

January 15th, 2011
12:58 pm

yes, modern r&b music really does suck. i can’t stand rihanna. her voice sounds like ghetto stevie nicks. why do people like that auto tune crap?

Peter

January 16th, 2011
7:42 pm

Try doing some extensive research before you say it was a hoax – it is likely that it wasn’t. Read this journalist’s website for more information – it just so happens that a few hours after his interview with Mr Tong, he decided to tweet about it being a hoax.

http://www.johannhari.com/

Terri

January 18th, 2011
3:50 pm

Acutally, it wasn’t a hoax at all. This guy actually believed what he was saying. Reading the article on Huffington Post on him. He’s a sociopath. He only retracted when the writer pointed out that he made himself a target of lawsuits (his family is very wealthy). BTW, please stop whining about Chris Brown. Like Rihanna, we just don’t care anymore.