An elaborate internet hoax claims that Miley Cyrus has contracted HIV.
The #CureForMiley campaign circulated on most social media sites in October 2013, and appeared to be the work of anonymous 4chan users.
On Twitter, the hashtag #CureForMiley trended, along with a fake image of a tweet by Liam Hemsworth.
A Facebook page named CureForMiley appeared on October 2 with the “About” section stating:
THIS PAGE IS TO SUPPORT MILEY THROUGH THE HARD TIMES SHE MUST BE GOING THROUGH WITH HER ILLNESS(HIV+)
Images of fake news articles about Cyrus’ alleged HIV infection were also been produced, such as the following fake CNN article which begins,
“Famous recording artist and actress Miley Cyrus has been recognized to have AIDS. The discovery was due to a falling out between Lukasz Gottwald and herself – The Co-producer of controversial music video, ‘Wrecking Ball’, furiously claimed that Miley had ‘the package’, a slang term for the illness. This act of rage on Cyrus was due to Miley’s closed disapproval of the video and it’s content.”
Clearly the writing style in the fake CNN article is not up to professional standards found on mainstream media outlets. The article, which is riddled with grammatical errors, does not exist on CNN.com
According to BuzzFeed, anonymous users from 4chan were responsible for the hoax. A document is linked which claims to cite reasons for the hoax:
Convince the masses that Miley Cyrus contracted AIDS.
>>Why, and how we think it will be believable.
1. Miley’s relationship with Liam Hemsworth ended for reasons not speculated. We can make a story that he left her after he told him of her condition.
2. It can be used to explain her irrational sexuality on stage and in her music videos, she doesnt have much time to live, she wants to get the most out of life, and feels she is doing so through her dancing.
3. Miley changed from a loveable character and singer, to a seducive sex loving drug user, We can say this was caused by a depression that followed her finding out of this condition.
>>How we do it.
We start making pictures that say “Cure For Miley” and make it seem as tho alot of people are pooling in money to help her get treated.
We tweet about the hastag #CureForMiley
We create a facebook page named /CureforMiley
Use whatever resources you have available.
Let’s get this going.
There was no official announcement stating that Miley Cyrus was HIV positive. The #CureForMiley campaign was an elaborate hoax.
- There’s A Internet Hoax Going On Right Now To Convince Everyone That Miley Cyrus Contracted HIV (Ryan Broderick, BuzzFeed: October 2, 2013)