Miley Cyrus was forced to take to Twitter yesterday to explain that she’s not anorexic, just gluten intolerant.
The Internet concern stemmed from a tweet showing the actress with a bag of fast food with the message, “I can’t eat it. So I'm just gonna smell the [expletive] out of it! My mouth is LITERALLY watering.”
Cyrus then explained she has a gluten allergy that prevents her from consuming foods like that, not an eating disorder.
In the midst of intense media speculation about her weight, Cyrus retweeted some fitting words from the Twitter account, @WiliSmith.
“Skinny = anorexic , thick = obese , virgin = too good , non-virgin = [expletive], friendly = fake , quiet = rude. You can never please society,” the tweet reads.
Like other celebrities before her, Cyrus turned to this Will Smith Twitter account for wise words and inspiration. What she may or may not realize is that the account is a parody.
Just from glancing at the account, which has over 1 million followers, it’s hard to tell that it’s not real. There’s a picture of the “Men in Black” actor and the user name doesn’t specify that it is a fake.
However, the account’s description states it is a parody and is “not in anyway affiliated with the actor Will Smith.” There’s a link to the Oscar nominee’s verified Facebook account, his only social media presence.
The tweets — written by a man from Nashville, according to the Hollywood Reporter — have been retweeted by Rihanna, Tia Mowry, Kelly Clarkson and Jenna Jameson. Former “Cheetah Girl” Adrienne Bailon has taken a particular liking to the tweets.
"@WilI_Smith: Texting the same person all day and night and never getting bored because you like them that much."— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) March 4, 2012
Fake Smith usually offers up general advice like “Life is too short to worry about what others say or think about you. Have fun and give them something to talk about” and “Don't give someone all of your time if they're only gonna give you half of theirs,” as well as the occasional real talk tweet. (“Dear guys who say condoms are uncomfortable, I've heard giving birth is pretty uncomfortable too . . . Sincerely, put it on.”)
But last month, the account came under scrutiny when it sent out a message about the killing of Trayvon Martin.
“WE live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site. But the man who KILLED Trayvon Martin is still free,” the tweet said, referencing the flour-bombing of reality star Kim Kardashian and the killing of a Florida teen.
(A fake Will Ferrell account tweeted a similar message and was cited by a CNN anchor as proof that the actor supported Martin’s family.)
At the time, the account had the handle @ReaiWiiiSmith. But, as Buzzfeed pointed out, the serif-lacking font on Twitter made the name appear as @RealWillSmith.
The “Real” has since been dropped from the handle name. But again, because of the font, the handle appears as @Will_Smith.
Twitter has a policy that clearly states rules for parody accounts, asking that a word like “fake” or “fan” be placed in the user name, name and bio.
We have reached out to Smith’s publicist to see whether the actor is aware of parody account and its ability to inspire celebrities. We’ve also contacted the person behind the fake Smith account to explain why exactly he’s running a parody account. Updates will be added if we hear back.
In the meantime, keep on being inspired by the words of the fake Will Smith, celebrities of the world.