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Are the Jimmy Kimmel ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ segments faked?

celebrity mean tweetsSince it first aired, Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment has been nothing short of genius. It’s lent a different perspective on people’s tendency to celebri-hate for no reason other than hating the famous – it’s been part eye-opener, part funny machine. The Jimmy Kimmel Show recently came out with its fourth run of the popular bit, and it still had laugh-inducing content that we all were looking forward to … only they seemed a little too perfect – it almost felt like they were written specifically for the show. Journalist and writer Rebecca Dana decided to investigate the authenticity of the tweets and found out that some of the handles and tweets flat out couldn’t be found on Twitter. 

Gawker dug a little deeper into all the tweets featured in all four “Mean Tweets” episodes and found that while the first two installments of the series used 100 percent legit tweets and Twitter users, the later episodes’ tweets left a lot of room for doubt. So we dug deeper yet and applied Status People’s Fake Follower Check to all of the “Mean Tweets” Twitter handles to see what we could fine. And you know … for sheer entertainment value. I also checked to see if they had any similarly hateful tweets to check if their Kimmel-used content matched up. 

Note: Twitter data doesn’t get indexed by Google 100 percent of the time, so it’s a lot harder to find out outside of Twitter if the tweet really was posted or not, and Twitter users’ feeds with over thousands of tweets don’t show older posts anymore (which I went through with the first two Mean Tweets episodes), so whenever that happened, I just made an educated-yet-wild guess.

Mean Tweets episode #1

Episode aired March 2012

Alleged Tweet: @katieachavez – “@joelmchale is a huge d-bag”

  • Account stats: 10,024 tweets, 536 following, 253 followers
  • Follower health: 0 percent fake, 7 percent inactive, 93 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: If you start mowing at 7am I sincerely hope your lawn mower breaks, or you get deported, or you have a 4th family move in to your 3 bedroom. (May 10, 2013)
  • Status: Could be real, but tweets before July 17, 2012 are no longer available on her Twitter feed.
  • Confirmation:
katieachavez

Alleged Tweet: @Frenchy_Rhei – “Yea…@realdavidcross is not my kind of comedian”

  • Account stats: 12,591 tweets, 520 following, 278 followers
  • Follower health: 2 percent fake, 4 percent inactive, 94 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: #NeverSatisfied story of my life (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Original tweet no longer exists, but poster has a tweet (posted on the day the episode aired) that verifies the sentiment. She back-pedaled, though.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @ChefSamMancuso – “hey @TheRealRoseanne get a life”

  • Account stats: 138 tweets, 330 following, 52 followers
  • Follower health: 8 percent fake, 38 percent inactive, 54 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: @gretawire are you still a Scientologist?
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @kahlilfitz – “@louisck u r a big p***y. P***y.”

  • Status: Not real, according to @kahlilfitz; unless he’s embarrassed and backtracking. 
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @MacMo29 – “@batemanjason is gay?”

  • Account stats: 5,324 tweets, 40 following, 56 followers
  • Follower health: 4 percent fake, 23 percent inactive, 73 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: I don’t really like you (May 12, 2013)
  • Status: Can’t check if the actual tweet still exists since her Twitter feed only archived tweets to as early as April 2012, but she did retweet something that could prove this to be real.
  • Confirmation:
macmo29

Alleged Tweet: @BeepCreep1 – “Yo @kevin_nealon you suck fat balls”

  • Account stats: 8 tweets, 55 following, 12 followers
  • Follower health: 0 percent fake, 17 percent inactive, 83 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Hey @kevin_nealon – just saw you on TV. I bet you smell funny. (June 27, 2011)
  • Status: He did post the tweet (see below), but he also only has 8 tweets posted in two days back in 2011, two of them about Kevin Nealon. He could be real.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @enargins – “If you change the ‘i’ in Anna Faris’ last name to a ‘t’, you get ‘Anna Farts’. Interesting.”

  • Account stats: 64,897 tweets, 480 following, 901 followers
  • Follower health: 8 percent fake, 15 percent inactive, 77 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: @JimGaffigan Wow, that joke really didn’t take off, did it? (May 14, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @Antwiqued – “Wait…So… @Busyphilipps25 is NOT a Dixie Chick?”

  • Account stats: 479 tweets, 139 following, 74 followers
  • Follower health: 0 percent fake, 24 percent inactive, 76 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Martha Stewart is on Match! (May 6, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @Jose_B_Wylin – “Lol yo will ferrell f**king dum.”

  • Account stats: 15,197 tweets, 222 following, 269 followers
  • Follower health: 1 percent fake, 6 percent inactive, 93 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Next year after more people graduate that i know imma be emotionally Pissed off (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Tweets before December 21, 2012 are no longer available on his Twitter feed, but he says “dum” a lot, so it could be real.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @jazaratee – “@IMKristenBell is so f***ing ugly. Way too ugly to play snow white in snow white & the huntsman”

  • Account stats: 2,399 tweets, 109 following, 77 followers
  • Follower health: 1 percent fake, 4 percent inactive, 95 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: This b**ch is connected to an oxygen tank & she’s eatin edibles lmao what???? #BatesMotel (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: I’m actually not sure – the earliest tweet available (dated February 27, 2013) on her feed says her Twitter is new, but that doesn’t mean the tweet featured on the first “Mean Tweets” episode couldn’t have happened. Let’s just say she is real, but we can’t no for sure when it comes to the tweet in question. (This user does have a lot of “ugly” tweets though, which makes her capable of posting it in the first place).
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @AddisonCullen – “@arnettwill Looks Like Dracula”

  • Account stats: 38,682 tweets, 246 following, 421 followers
  • Follower health: 5 percent fake, 20 percent inactive, 75 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: i’m hated by everyone and i’m not sure why (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Real, since he retweeted the post below
  • Confirmation:
addisoncullen

Alleged Tweet: @alex_sheer – “It’s people like @kathygriffin who are the root causes for why redheads are perceived as the spawn of Satan.”

  • Account stats: 849 tweets, 522 following, 162 followers
  • Status: Account protected, so I can’t verify whether the tweet exists, his/her follower health and post a sample tweet. The fact that it’s protected should be a good enough indicator that he/she is a real person, at least. 
  • Confirmation:
alex_sheer

Alleged Tweet: @FilthyRichmond – “Can it be my turn to punch @andydick until there’s bones in his stool?”

  • Account stats: 10,267 tweets, 3,247 following, 67, 144 followers
  • Follower health: 8 percent fake, 28 percent inactive, 64 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: If conservatives were creative they’d call the president Baroccoli O’Buttbaby. (May 14, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

 Alleged Tweet: @Dro4DaLow – “Will Ferrell is a f**king fool”

  • Account stats: 22,817 tweets, 375 following, 312 followers
  • Follower health: 2% fake, 5% inactive, 93% good
  • Sample Tweet: Two cups mixed got me lookin asian (May 11, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Mean Tweets episode #2

Episode aired July 2012

Alleged Tweet: @BigGrains – “If Mike Piazza’s hair caught fire and someone put it out with a cast iron skillet, you’d have Danny McBride.”

  • Account stats: 1 tweet, 0 following, 1 follower
  • Status: I didn’t bother checking this account’s follower health since it only had one tweet and was following zero people. It also has the default egg profile photo, a clear indicator of phoniness. This tweet is probably fake.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @PassMeTheFunk – “There’s a new show where James Van Der Beek plays James Van Der Beek guys get your backpacks n boots this is the apocalypse I’m sure of it.”

  • Account stats: 2,808 tweets, 431 folloqing, 169 followers
  • Follower health: 8 percent fake, 17 percent inactive, 75 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: People seem to think its weird when I whistle funk horn lines along with the terrible rap that’s playing in bars. (March 29, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @The_McCabe – “I would rather chop my arm off & fist myself with my detached limb than watch ‘Katie Perry the movie.’ What the fuck is wrong with the world”

  • Account stats: 19,721 tweets, 486 folloing, 417 followers
  • Follower health: 3 percent fake, 16 percent inactive, 81 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: In other news Red bull with lime is the worst soft drink based beverage on the market (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @xkaittlinx – “Zooey deschanel is so overrated”

  • Account stats: 12,048 tweets, 412 following, 449 followers
  • Follower health: 2 percent fake, 7 percent inactive, 91 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: F**k yer temperomandibular joint pain dysfunction syndrome mate (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Changed her username to @potatocupboard and tweeted the post below. I say real.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @aimeenancygrace – “Did you know that if you skinned Larry King & ironed out his leather, you could make enough coats to give 1 to every poor child in America?”

  • Account stats: 19,338 tweets, 157 following, 510 followers
  • Follower health: 6 percent fake, 32 percent inactive, 62 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Barbara Walters has been on television for over fifty years: since she was 60, in fact. (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @DJSammyC_NSM – “f**k david spade”

  • Account stats: 1,382 tweets, 296 following, 254 followers
  • Follower health: 2 percent fake, 10 percent inactive, 88 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Imagine if Phil Collins and Michael Bolton had a baby (May 12, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @whitegrlproblem – “I liked Kristen Stewart more when she was a boy.”

  • Account stats: 1,823 tweets, 17 following, 807,391 followers
  • Follower health: 8 percent fake, 23 percent inactive, 69 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: I have 4,000 pairs of shoes and I hate all of them. (May 14, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @SuckMyBon3s – “Matt Leblanc looks so old. #whathappened”

  • Account stats: 89,074 tweets, 816 following, 922 followers
  • Follower health: 4 percent fake, 10 percent inactive, 86 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Who in their right mind thinks “boo” is an insult? Smh lol (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Not real, according to @SuckMyBon3s (…but can we truly trust @SuckMyBon3s?)
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @f**kingjennifer – “if u climbed inside snooki’s vagina it would probably be like the f**kin pacific ocean”

  • Account stats: 36,104 tweets, 1,190 following, 12,029 followers
  • Follower health: 3 percent fake, 7 percent inactive, 90 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: I couldn’t give two flying f**ks about Eurovision sorry not SORRY (May 14, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @dusted221 – “Ever since @matisyahu shaved, he looks like old, fat Justin Bieber.”

  • Status: Account has been suspended, so I can’t verify stats, follower health, and whether or not the tweet was really posted.
  • Confirmation:
dusted221

Alleged Tweet: @Meemoza1 – “Dear God, give us 2pac back and we’ll give you Justin Bieber”

  • Account stats: 7,129 tweets, 1,206 following, 790 followers
  • Follower health: 2 percent fake, 13 percent inactive, 85 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: The key to life is to not give a f**k (April 12, 2013)
  • Status: Real. Just check the tweets she marked as Favorites (sample below).
  • Confirmation:

 

Mean Tweets episode #3

Episode aired January 2013

Alleged Tweet: @theeznuts1 – “@selenagomez is on the radio right now. Is there a volume lower than mute?”

  • Status: Account has been suspended, so I can’t verify stats, follower health, and whether or not the tweet was really posted.
  • Confirmation:
dusted221

Alleged Tweet: @JUSTIN_GELDZ – “I saw Larry King at dinner! But it might have just been a run of the mill goblin”

  • Account stats: 3.401 tweets, 374 following, 228 followers
  • Follower health: 3 percent fake, 14 percent inactive, 83 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Man, Steven Soderbergh must’ve gotten really bored when he was editing The Limey (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @212mseol – “@DrPhil, why don’t you shut the fuck up you bald-headed, big-mouthed hillbilly.”

  • Account stats: 6,526 tweet, 391 following, 525 followers
  • Follower health: 3 percent fake, 9 percent inactive, 88 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: 2 people followed me and one person unfollowed me // automatically checked by http://fllwrs.com (May 1, 2013)
  • Status: He seemed to have changed usernames to @iRealKen, with the original tweet missing from his timeline. but he DID retweet the post below:
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @zatchary1 – “@SimonCowell You my friend are a #d**k”

  • Account stats: 642 tweets, 91 following, 145 followers
  • Follower health: 3 percent fake, 10 percent inactive, 87 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: @ParisHilton oh hey, it’s been a while b**ch… How bout a follow back for a hater?  #takesoneclick (May 6, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @madison_davide – “my asian orthodontist says @jessicabiel has horse teeth”

  • Account stats: 13,192 tweets, 292 following, 364 followers
  • Follower health: 4 percent fake, 7 percent inactive, 89 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: funny how all my “””friends””” talk shit about me 24/7 (May 14, 2013)
  • Status: She changed usernames to @madisondavide7, but tweets before February 2013 are no longer viewable on her Twitter feed. The tweet below is older than February 2013, but it only proves the name change, not the tweet posting.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @SuckMyBon3s – “Wow, @davidarquette got old”

  • Status: He got featured again? He claimed that his tweet about Matt LeBlanc was bogus, so maybe this one is, too – they’re weirdly both about stars being old. But I can’t be sure … because he Favorited this post:
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @IncredibleMsDee – “@kirstiealley, is a dirty whore, there I said it.”

  • Account stats: 9,442 tweets, 1,972 following, 1,385 followers
  • Follower health: 3 percent fake, 7 percent inactive, 90 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Cut cut my lip with a razor, I have preparation H under my eyes and my hair dryer is dead. Apparently I’m going for the swamp rat look (April 14, 2013)
  • Status: Real (see below)
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @LumLumz – “f**k @mradamscott”

  • Account stats: 3,852 tweets, 66 following, 141 followers
  • Follower health: 2 percent fake, 9 percent inactive, 89 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Can blind people see the taste of cinnamon toast crunch? (May 12, 2013)
  • Status: He says he was actually tweeting about his school:

But he must’ve figured, since he got publicity for the first post, that he’d post it again:

  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @ntguido31 – “@TomArnold, you are an inspiration to all fat dumps who love cocaine and love to f**k fat disgusting chicks. My hairy penis thanks you.”

  • Account stats: 733 tweets, 156 following, 126 followers
  • Follower health: 2 percent fake, 12 percent inactive, 86 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: got my mom a clay mould of my dad’s cock for mothers day, needless to say she didn’t like it…she f**kin loved it! great gift! pcs luv NT (May 12, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @DonkeyGoatFace – “No one else finds Hayden Panettiere intolerable”

  • Status: Account has been suspended, so I can’t verify stats, follower health, and whether or not the tweet was really posted.
  • Confirmation:
dusted221

Alleged Tweet: @Pamvantrance: I am not being mean but why does @andersoncooper remind me of dinosaurs?!?!?

  • Status: Twitter says the username does not exist, but Googling the handle reveals a few pages that prove someone used to go by that name. Can’t find her new Twitter profile, but according to Twitaholic, this is her. Still can’t be sure if the tweet is real or not, but we’re sure the Twitter handle at least used to exist:
  • Confirmation:
pamvantrance

Alleged Tweet: @jranimo – “Eric Stonestreet. Why so awkward and yelly?”

  • Account stats: 4,879 tweets, 181 following, 75 followers
  • Status: Account is now protected so I can verify follower health or post a sample tweet, but Googling this tweet does point to his account.
  • Confirmation:
jranimo

Alleged Tweet: @ladybrosef – “Christina Applegate, You were better when you wore Spandex instead of Spanx, you old slut.”

  • Status: Account has been suspended, so I can’t verify stats, follower health, and whether or not the tweet was really posted.
  • Confirmation:
dusted221

Alleged Tweet: @elgrizzolito – “@RealTenaciousD You guys are like Lennon and McCartney, only fatter and gayer.”

  • Account stats: 4 tweets, 0 following, 7 followers
  • Follower health: 0 percent fake, 86 percent inactive, 14 percent good
  • Status: Although the follower check says this account has no fake followers, I still find it odd that it only has four tweets, three of them posted on the same date and one about Danny McBride, who was also referenced in an earlier tweet. I may have to call shenanigans.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @TXGRIZZ – “Malcolm In The Middle? More like mushy in the middle. Lose some weight Heisenberg!”

  • Account stats: 45 tweets, 29 following, 305 followers
  • Follower health: 9 percent fake, 34 percent inactive, 57 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Hey Fat White Guys! Go get a boat and a tan. In two moves you’ve crossed the chessboarded from fat ass to PARTY ANIMAL (May 9, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Mean Tweets episode #4

Episode aired May 2013

Alleged Tweet: @sexydeucedeuce – “I just saw @jessicaalba. If this was 2007 I’d be really excited.”

  • Account stats: 1,886 tweets, 164 following, 76 followers
  • Follower health: 9 percent fake, 24 percent inactive, 67 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: In our continuous effort to be more like Starbucks, we will now be selling cake pops, except while wearing purple shirts #dumb (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Real (see below)
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @crackandgoogle: “@_KateMara is on the list of people who i don’t understand why anyone likes”

  • Account stats: 17,933 tweets, 127 following, 124 followers
  • Follower health: 2 percent fake, 12 percent inactive, 86 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: WHAT THE F**K THEY’VE MADE A DRACULA TV SERIES???? jesus they’re really running out of ideas (May 13, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @Zyx443: “Hey @zachbraff, I could take a picture of a piece of sh*t in my toilet and it would be a better movie than Garden State.”

  • Status: Twitter says username does not exist. Searching for the username didn’t yield usable results. Could be fake.
  • Confirmation:
Zyx443

Alleged Tweet: @misschel[blurred]: “I’ve never seen the fuss with russel brand, he’s a hairy non funny t*@t”

  • Status: Googled the tweet using both the correct and incorrect (featured on Kimmel) spelling of Brand’s name, results don’t seem to include a direct Twitter status link. It was also hard to get any close results since the username was partially blurred beyond recognition.
  • Confirmation: None

Alleged Tweet: @tweetlikeitsmyj: “F**k @BradPaisley and his f**king country singing f**king face.”

  • Status: Account has been suspended, so I can’t verify stats, follower health, and whether or not the tweet was really posted.
  • Confirmation:
    suspended account

Alleged Tweet: @saaanex9: “@KellyRipa is kind of amazing, when you think about how hard it must be to balance that huge head on a tiny body.”

  • Account stats: 209 tweets, 0 following, 3 followers
  • Follower health: 0 percent fake, 0 percent inactive, 100 percent good
  • Status: Although follower check says this account is 0% fake and has over 200 tweets, the fact that it has 0 following and the default egg profile photo both scream fake.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @Ryne[blurred]: “Whenever someone tells me that I look like Andy Samberg, they’re basically saying: ‘Guess how big your nose is … very big'”

  • Status: Searching for the tweet on both Google and within Twitter yields no result using a handle that begins with @Ryne. The only tweets that come up in Twitter were posted the same date the episode aired. Handle too blurred.
  • Confirmation: ryne

Alleged Tweet: @TWOSOUTHWRECKIN: “Dear @nodoubt, The only thing in doubt is whether us music makes me want to puke or kill myself & then puke. Sincerely, everyone.”

  • Status: Account has been suspended, so I can’t verify stats, follower health, and whether or not the tweet was really posted.
  • Confirmation:
dusted221

Alleged Tweet: @MikLacey27: “I can’t figure out if Elisabeth Moss is attractive or not.”

  • Account stats: 2,066 tweets, 363 following, 131 followers
  • Follower health: 7 percent fake, 24 percent inactive, 69 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: The girl at Steve Madden just tried so hard to get me to buy the sandals I tried on that I almost gave in… even though they didnt fit. Ugh (May 14, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @_taylormae: “I already know that when I get pregnant I’m going to pull a @JessicaSimpson and gain 598 pounds”

  • Account stats: 3,190 tweets, 259 following, 249 followers
  • Follower health: 1 percent fake, 8 percent inactive, 91 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: Getting hate tweets over this Jessica Simpson thing. Get a god damn sense of humor people, it was a joke. (May 11, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @kcbeerminx: “Kid Rock looks like he would smell like stale farts & cigarettes.”

  • Account stats: 3,190 tweets, 259 following, 249 followers
  • Status: Not real, according to @kcbeerminx (see below). And even then, this account only has two tweets and the default egg profile photo, so yep, fake.
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @CfromtheICT: “B**ch, how you look anorexic and fat all at once? #weird”

  • Account stats: 4,358 tweets, 121 following, 277 followers
  • Follower health: 5 percent fake, 14 percent inactive, 81 percent good
  • Sample Tweet: “All a guy wants to do is drink a 6’er of Dr pepper and have sex in a hot tub.” #birthcontrol #snowPatrol (April 26, 2013)
  • Status: Real
  • Confirmation:

Alleged Tweet: @GOLF-GUY_127: “It’s a good thing Ray Romano is funny because his face looks like a dump I took today”

  • Status: GOLF-GUY_127 does not exist, according to Twitter (and a dash in your handle is impossible). GOLF_GUY_127 only has 2 tweets, both were posted AFTER the Kimmel segment aired. GOLFGUY127 doesn’t have the offending tweet, but he DID link to a Youtube video of the segment after it aired. I say it’s bogus.
  • Confirmation:
GOLF-GUY_127

 The verdict?

While it seems like a great many of the tweets were real, and most of the accounts were, the last two installments of the series definitely raise some eyebrows as to their authenticity. It seems crazy to suggest that Kimmel and co. would have to create hateful messages to celebrities, considering the wealth of them out there, but there’s always a chance the writers wanted to control the funny. Mark this down as one of life’s little mysteries.