‘#FakeMelania’ Trends Online As People Think Melania Trump Has Body Double
By Izza Sofia, 12 Mar 2019
Image via Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock.com
Twitter erupted last Saturday due to a hilarious conspiracy theory that resulted in a surge of memes and jokes about the authenticity of First Lady Melania Trump.
The hashtag ‘#FakeMelania’ was circulated by thousands of Twitter users, who shared images of US president Donald Trump and his wife when they landed in Alabama to visit communities affected by the country’s deadliest tornado in six years.
Over 35,500 tweets accelerated the rise of the ‘#FakeMelania hashtag to the top position on ‘Twitter Trends’ by Saturday afternoon.
Hilarious comments poked fun at FLOTUS, alleging that the First Lady would activate a body double when in public with her husband.
Suspicions about a replacement have been around since 2017, and were generated by internet users who studied her movement, behavior, mannerisms and other minute details in an attempt to prove that the real Melania Trump would rarely step out in public alongside her husband.
The conspiracy was yet again brought up in 2018, and centered a number of unclear images of Melania Trump leaving Air Force One after landing in Brussels, Belgium. In that instance, the hashtag ‘#WheresMelania’ trended online.
According to Vox, the trend seems to be reinvigorated whenever the First Lady is spotted wearing sunglasses, or whenever grainy resolution images of her have emerged. The rumor mill began talking when Twitter user Joe Vargas posted a video of Melania Trump next to the president during an impromptu speech he gave in October 2017.
Then, the president had made a bizarre reference to his wife, who happened to be standing right next to him. Vargas later alleged that the woman was not the real Melania Trump; his post garnered over 100,000 likes and 60,000 retweets.
Google searches on “Melania Trump Double” and “Fake Melania” have also exponentially increased following the viral tweet, as online merchants have capitalized on the opportunity to sell related merchandise.
The conspiracy theory gained such traction that it compelled a spokesperson for the First Lady to speak out against the rumors. Stephanie Grisham, White House East Wing Communications Director, took the matter so seriously that she officially released a statement to CNN debunking the ‘#FakeMelania’ rumors.
I’m the First Lady, yes I’m the Real Lady— trevor beattie (@trevorbmbagency) March 9, 2019
All you other First Ladies are just imitating.
So won’t the real First Lady please stand up
Please stand up, please stand up? #FakeMelania pic.twitter.com/Qsqn8BR8gA
1. The height difference— ig - @johannariickard (@johannarickard2) March 9, 2019
2. The chin
3. The hand holding
4. The walk
5. The posture
This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie pic.twitter.com/JhPVmXdGit— BuyLegalMeds.com (@JoeVargas) October 18, 2017
[via Newsweek, opening image via Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock.com]
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