An article announcing Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are “supporting” Jason Aldean was shamefully made up just to exploit the Las Vegas shooting. As Gossip Cop has reported, Aldean was on stage at a music festival at the time a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people. In the aftermath of the tragedy, a webloid has been disgustingly capitalizing on the massacre by manufacturing related stories.
We’re talking about HollywoodLife, and Gossip Cop already pointed out one example of this egregious journalism malpractice. The site used the Las Vegas shooting to claim Selena Gomez now “fears” for The Weeknd’s safety at concerts. As we noted, the attack has many people across the country concerned for loved ones attending such events, but while this is a plausible fear for Gomez to have, it is an inauthentic one. No one close to Gomez told HollywoodLies, an outlet she has called “the worst,” her feelings in the wake of the shooting.
Similarly, Gossip Cop can confirm no one told the blog how Shelton and Stefani are reacting, either. But a headline to a purported “exclusive” declares, “Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani Supporting Jason Aldean After Horrifying Las Vegas Shooting.” A so-called “source close to the couple” is quoted as saying, “They have reached out to Jason privately to see how he is doing but they are just shattered like anyone else about the whole situation.” This supposed snitch goes on to say obvious statements that apply to virtually every music star this past week: Shelton and Stefani are upset and want to do something to help the victims.
With both the couple and Gomez, HollywoodLies crafted what many would assume to be reasonable responses to the shooting and is trying to pass them off as “scoops.” And yet no other publications are reporting on how they personally feel. Readers are supposed to believe those close to these stars chose to only speak with this one webloid? A webloid that has been caught fabricating so many past stories about them? Please. This is a site known for taking hot topics and exploiting them with one concocted “exclusive” after another. This week, sadly, the hot topic (so to speak) was what happened in Vegas. And because HollywoodLies is so desperate for traffic, it sunk to the level of making up these illegitimate reaction stories. This is, without a doubt, a new low.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.