Fake News: Jaden Smith NOT To Have Penis Removed On 20th Birthday

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Jaden Smith NOT To Have Penis Removed On 20th Birthday

Is Jaden Smith, son of rapper and actor Will Smith, to have his penis removed on his 20th birthday (which happens to be today, July 8, 2018)? No, that's not true: a fauxtire and humor website just recycled an old hoax from 2015 and changed the date/age on it a bit. It is not real.

The latest version of the story appeared in an article published by 8Shit on July 7, 2018 titled "Jaden Smith To Have Penis Removed On 20th Birthday" (archived here) which opened:

"Just another step toward blurring the gender lines. Without a penis I'm neither male or female. I'm a human being."

Said Jaden Smith about the news to make the big chop on his 20th birthday.

Jaden tweeted to his millions of Twitter followers that upon turning 20 he would have his penis removed and dipped in gold as a trophy for his room.

"I've been wanting to do this since 13, but once I'm legally able to control my own finances I can make my penisless dreams come true"

- Jaden Smith

However the exact same story already appeared in 2015 on TMZComedy (not associated with the real TMZ.com), only then it was supposed to happen on his 18th birthday:

Jaden Smith to have Penis Removed on 18th Birthday

"Just another step toward blurring the gender lines. Without a penis I'm neither male or female. I'm a human being." Said Jaden Smith about the news to make the big chop on his 18th birthday. Jaden tweeted to his millions of Twitter followers that upon turning 18 he would have his penis removed and dipped [...]

TMZComedy brands itself like this in their website footer:

tmzcomedy.com is the most notorious fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

Furthermore, 8shit.net carries a disclaimer on its about page that reads:

8Shit is a satire and humor website.

It contains cutting edge satire on a diverse range of topics.

The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.

We also post crazy real news which often sounds too good to be true.

And an additional disclaimer in the footer of every page:

8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those posts under the "serious" category) and shouldn't be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this website are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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