Published On: Tue, Jan 3rd, 2023

The ‘Oh My God, [Celebrity] Died’ Trend Died in the Worst Way

Erik Killmonger in Black Panther

Christmas is a time to be with family, and in that time in 2022 came a lot of people using TikTok to prank their relatives. A new trend popped up that had kids using parasocial relationships to their advantage. They’d gasp, say a celebrity died, and then film the reaction of those around them. The problem is that sometimes it went too far, and then it was no longer “funny” to watch.

One of those cases came from Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance’s son, Slater Vance. Participating in the trend, he told his parents that Michael B. Jordan died, which already seems like a bad thing to do to celebrities who work with these people, but for Bassett, it is equally rough because she did also work with Chadwick Boseman, who shockingly passed away in 2020.

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