I love a bit of fake news and just to be clear, fake news isn’t a new thing. It just got a new name thanks to the Donald and all his associated nonsense. However, it is more prevalent than ever thanks to social media, and some extremely low quality journalism.
I’ve left facebook pretty much entirely (I have an account, but I rarely bother) but I do still hang around and interact on Twitter when the mood takes me. I treat it with a similar level of contempt to that of the dreaded book of faces, but by including large enough pinches of salt, it does provide some incredibly dumb and hilarious content.
Yesterday’s example, made it out of social media, and gained enough ground to reach some of the main stream media. Generally, that’s a bad thing, although in this case it’s entertaining enough to not be of concern.
It revolves around this picture, which generally has appeared along with the question “Guess who this?”
It’s a great picture and captures a model in the mid 1970’s in a wonderfully provocative pose. But it’s the reveal that’s the real kicker. With the glee of a bunch of six year olds, many “writers” will tell you, it’s Mary from Gogglebox.
Now, I can see why anyone might easily believe this to be fact. Facially there is a significant resemblance between the two. Moreover, Mary (or Nutty as her husband, Giles calls her) has a fascinating personality and, I understand, is a fine looking woman with quite a fan base from her regular appearances on the Channel 4 favourite show.
It would be delicious to find that this was in fact true, and that the fella in the background was in fact Giles, checking out his future wife. But alas, this is not the case.
Truth of the matter is, that the top picture is actually that of the actress and model, Susan Shaw.
Susan Shaw’s life is particularly sad, with a tragedy that she never seem to recover from. A very popular actress in the 50’s and 60’s, she died at the age of 49 from cirrhosis of the liver.
I’m sure however, that Nutty and Giles will still be most pleased to be associated with Susan, because they appear to be (at least from what I’ve seen) the type of people that find the good in all of us, and are sympathetic to the troubles of the challenged.
They’re also a very enjoyable watch.
Now, this leads me to some of the other insane behaviours that social media, and those that live for it, have been displaying and are rapidly becoming the norm in this country.
But that’s for another post. Right now, I’ve got work to do; so I better get in the car and get to it.
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