The internet can be a dangerous place where fact and fiction become indistinguishably interchangeable. Sometimes it's harmless, like suggesting that adding balsamic vinegar to soda water can taste like a Diet Coke. Other times, it's more harmful, like suggesting that a global icon eats other humans for fun.
Yes, Anne Hathaway, also known as Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, was accused of cannibalism by a Twitter user, and we don't think we'll ever recover.
How on earth did this happen, exactly? That's a question we're still trying to answer, but the whole ordeal is a powerful lesson in the spreading of misinformation online. The whole ordeal started when photos of the actress as ELLE France's June cover star emerged. Dripping in Bvlgari jewellery and Prada denim, she looked, as always, ethereal.
Naturally, people were quick to comment on her inability to age, with the whole Hathaway resurgence well underway right now, but it wasn't long before Twitter put a dark spin on the whole thing.
Then, one Twitter user named hotpriestt, reshared the photos, writing:
"every tweet about Anne Hathaway going viral like the police didn't find human remains and evidence of cannibalism in her L.A. home she sold in 2013."
The post went viral, garnering 22,000 retweets and more than 400,000 likes in a matter of hours. Of course, people were shocked. Are the rumours really true? Is that how she's managed to capture an eternal sense of youth that no mere mortal ever could?
The obvious answer to all of the above is no, but it didn't stop people from speculating.
"Show proof," demanded one user, before the original poster replied with a badly photoshopped photo of Hathaway standing next to a country house. What proof was this meant to be? Not sure.
"If true, she doesn't look like she ate 'em," another user commented on the photo.
"What are you meant to look like when u eat people?" someone asked.
As you can tell, the whole thing became a circus quite quickly, with few ready to believe that the sweet treasure that is Anne Hathaway would be capable of such nefarious deeds.
The next day, hotpriestt returned to Twitter to retract the claims, clarifying once and for all that the entire thing had been a hoax.
Despite the retraction, one user commented that he'd "spent 15 minutes Googling this shit."
We can only assume he didn't find anything, because once again this is fundamentally untrue
The original poster later commented, "people are reporting me to the FBI I had to make a statement." It's likely that they're joking, as we now know they're quite fond of doing, or maybe Hathaway's people really did set the feds on them. Who's to say.
Either way, Anne is not, nor has she ever been a cannibal. Her recent status as fashion icon/Andy Sachs incarnate is a reflection of her undying status as one of the world's most beloved actresses, and we'd like her reputation to stay that way, thank you very much.