South African comedian Trevor Noah trended locally on Twitter since yesterday, but not quite for the reason we'd typically expect.
The social media current comes after Noah dismissed reports by the Sunday Times which claimed that his alleged family member was brutally killed and buried this past weekend.
The comedian described the article as "crafty journalism" and has denied that the deceased was related to him.
Thanks to some crafty journalism my family and I have spent the whole day trying to figure out if one of us died. #awkward— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 24, 2015
The Sunday Times, as its cover story, reported that Noah's alleged cousin‚ Cebisile Happiness Khoza‚ had passed away. Furthermore, the news source claimed that it was the fourth tragedy to strike women in Noah's family, allegedly leaving his grandmother superstitious.
Several other news outlets ran with the story, re-igniting the conversation around credibility and the use of news sources.
Don't always believe what you read. This is something I learned from aliens when I travelled to Mars last year.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 24, 2015
Noah's grandmother denies media reports of 'curse' and 'dead relative':
It has since been reported that Trevor Noah's grandmother, Nomalizo Noah, has denied the media reports that alleged a relative of theirs dead. Noah's grandmother was recorded as saying that the family doesn't know the deceased.
The Sunday Times had claimed that Noah's grandmother believed their family was cursed because of the death, but she has also come out refuting these reports. She spoke to News24:
They don't know each other; we ourselves [as a family] don't know that person...They are just creating stories out of - [nowhere] now they want to use Trevor and I on their front pages? It's silly.
Click play and listen to the conversation with Nomalizo Noah below:
So another paper followed on the same Trevor Noah story from yesterday. Why would they do that when we all knew that was a pap story?— Mpiletso Motumi (@mane_mpi) May 25, 2015
@SundayTimesZA shocking that you do not get your facts straight before reporting. Trevor Noah deserves better then this, so do we all.— Sadiha (@ladysadiha) May 25, 2015
No he is questioning Sunday Times RT @hartleyr: Trevor Noah questions grandmother's claim about family member's death— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) May 25, 2015