Claim: Rumours are spreading online that UK The X Factor contestant Honey G has been gunned down during a “rap feud” in West London.
Originated from: Waterford Whispers News.com
Date(s) active: Nov 2016
Rumours that UK X Factor contestant Honey G (real name Anna Georgette Gilford) – the 2016 X-Factor “novelty” act – has been gunned down in a “bitter rap feud” are spreading online. The links are coming from an article published on the Waterford Whispers News website. That article reads in part –
BREAKING: Honey G Fatally Gunned Down In Bitter Rap Feud
FANS of London rap artist Honey G have flooded social media with condolences this afternoon following a fatal shooting linked to a West London rap feud.
Real name Anna Georgette Gilford, the X-Factor contestant was reportedly shot 17 times by a group of unknown assailants who cut off the car she was a passenger in.
“I saw the blacked out jeep overtaking her car, forcing her driver to stop,” one eyewitness recalls, “Five men in balaclavas got out and began trying to open her door, but then she seemed to open fire on them from the inside, hitting one in the shoulder and another guy in the chest”.
However, the story is false. While “Honey G” is a real contestant in the UK’s branch of the reality music show The X Factor, there have been no confirmed or rumoured reports that she a has been shot or killed.
The story started courtesy of the Waterford Whispers website, which is a satirical website that printed the “story”. Those who took the time to read the entire article would have likely realised the satirical nature of the article at the point where it described how Honey G began shooting at her assailants shouting “you East side pansies will never take me”.
To confirm those suspicions of fakery, the website even has a disclaimer outing its content as the work of pure fiction –
Waterford Whispers News is a fabricated satirical newspaper and comedy website published by Waterford Whispers News.
Waterford Whispers News uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.
Thus the story is fake.