It’s funny just how fast rumours can spread.
Something is briefly mentioned, someone overhears it, tells someone… Soon enough, practically the whole world can know about it.
Yesterday, the world found out that Cory Monteith had passed away. For those few who don’t know who he is, he played the character of Finn in the programme, Glee. He was just 31 years old. Coroners are due to perform a post-mortem some time today (Monday), but speculation is already flying around that it was a drug overdose.
Earlier this year, the whole ‘Gleek’ population was shocked to hear that Cory had checked himself in to a rehabilitation centre, to get help with his drug addiction. After a month, he checked out clean.
Two weeks from now, he was to attend a wedding. His own.
Lea Michelle (fiance and co-star, plays Rachel on Glee) had been his rock, and had supported him through his addiction cleansing. She was planning a wedding, but is now planning a funeral.
I spent a lot of time scrolling through Twitter yesterday. I’m normally a total facebook addict, but Twitter seems to have the “know”. The tweets are up-to-date, and you can find out a lot of information about what’s going on in your area. However, a lot of the tweets are for speculation. You have to either read between the lines, or research further by googling it (my choice of search engine).
I seen this yesterday…
This is just one of the tweets, this one, as you can see, has been retweeted 5543 times. There are other tweets, very similar to this one, the top two lines are the same, but occasionally, the third person is someone else, and there is a fourth listed too.
I recognised the name, Kyle Massey, but I just couldn’t put my finger on who it was. After visiting my beloved Google, I found out that he played Cory on ‘That’s So Raven’, and his spin-off show, ‘Cory in the House’. There were pages, upon pages, on Google regarding how Kyle is just 21 years old, saying that he is terrified of dying, and asking people to pray for him. Obviously, I was taken on in the spin of the tale.
I get up this morning, and my husband had been reading the entertainment news on imdb.com (if you’ve never visited the site, you’re missing out!). One of the first things he said to me was, “that Kyle Massey hasn’t got cancer”.
Once again, I hopped on to twitter, and the tweets are still flying around, similar to above.
I opened up another tab in my browser, and went to imdb.com myself, in order to hit the nail on the head of this insensitive rumour. I made a tweet myself, linking the page.
The point I am trying to make is simple. Don’t believe everything you hear / read. Do your own research on the matter first. If you don’t, you’re just as bad as the rest. Don’t be a sheep – It may be easy just to retweet, or re-say something that you have heard, but think about what you are doing first. Afterall, you wouldn’t like it if the rumour was about you.
“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.” – Hebrew proverb