Sure, there was a time when we wanted Jackie Chan to go away. Like, during that almost-ten year period we’ll call The Rush Hour Era, when Jackie’s enormous capacity to entertain was basically reduced to being the butt of some played-out ching-chong-ling-long-ting-tong jokes. And, yes, we even called him an Uncle Tam on occasion.
But we never wished him dead, unlike the Internetz, which proclaimed him dead twice this year, first in March and again this past Wednesday. The “R.I.P. Jackie Chan” Facebook page that started this latest death hoax has already gained 370,000+ fans in just one day.
The question is: why now? Allow me to rephrase: who the fuck cares? The last movie I can think of that Jackie Chan was in was The Karate Kid remake, and he’s almost never in the news. Except when he’s “died.”
Wait a minute.
Is Jackie’s “death” just a PR ploy to remind people that the dude’s still alive, lest he slip into complete cultural irrelevance, i.e. “death”? In other words, is his death the only thing keeping him alive?
It’s a bit too clever a ploy for most celebrity flaks, but you gotta wonder.
Filed under: Celebrity Death Hoaxes, Cultural Relevance, Death Hoaxes, Fake News, Jackie Chan Death Hoax, Jackie Chan Is Alive, Jackie Chan RIP, PR Ploys, Rush Hour Movies, Social Media Death Hoaxes, Twitter Death Hoaxes
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