Taylor Swift to Rerecord Songs to Spite Scooter Braun, But There's a Catch

Taylor Swift‘s cooked up a plan to get back at Scooter Braun for buying the rights to her early music — so SHE will own the new masters — but she’s got some legal hurdles to overcome first.

The singer told “CBS Sunday Morning” — in an interview airing this weekend — she will re-record her past songs she’d originally done while signed to Big Machine … the label Scooter bought a few months back.

As you know … Taylor was PISSED and went on a rant against Scooter for snapping up her early catalog — but her plan to cover her own songs won’t exactly hurt Scooter the way she thinks it will. Industry experts tell TMZ … every label, including Big Machine, has a re-record clause in its contracts with artists. The clause prevent the artist from re-recording on another label, or on their own, and marketing those re-recordings.

Now, we’re told that clause usually has an expiration date. We don’t know when Big Machine’s clause expires, but even when it does … there’s another roadblock. Experts tell us it’s called an original production clause — and it prevents the artist from copying the OG version. So, when and if Taylor remakes her Big Machine tunes she will have to deviate from the first versions.

Taylor’s revenge scheme has been pulled off before … most notably by Prince during his battles with Warner Bros. Records. However, in his case, the re-recordings ended up making the originals more valuable. In other words … Taylor could unwittingly end up putting more cash in Scooter’s pockets.

From what music industry experts are telling us, though, Scooter can’t be too concerned with Taylor’s plan because his $300 million investment in Big Machine has already been a boon. We’re told the company’s full catalog — not only Taylor’s songs — is now valued at close to $1 BILLION!!

So, Taylor WILL get something — she’ll own her new master recordings — but if she’s just doing it for revenge … it might not be a great play.

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16 Products That Would’ve — Without A Doubt — Made My Freshman Year Of College So Much Easier

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1.A waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can start your day jamming out to your favorite songs without worrying about getting your phone wet.

It’s easy to overlook tasks as small as cleaning between your laptop keys when you’re taking 20 credits, interning after class, and working a part-time job on the weekends (guilty as charged). But since this cleaning gel is so easy to use — and, admittedly, looks VERY fun to squish against your keyboard — there’s no excuse to not get rid of the dirt and dust stuck between your keys before they cause a major problem.

Promising review: “I was skeptical at first, and was afraid that my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! But, the opposite happened: It made my keyboard as good as new. I got all those dog hairs between the keys! And, there was no lingering smell on my keyboard or hands. It’s kind of fun to play with, too.” —Billy

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

10.A foot massager that fits conveniently under your desk so you can ~heel~ your ~sole~ while you study.

I, like 99.9999% of college students, didn’t have the time or money for a masseuse between trudging across campus with a boulder on my back and working out at the gym to (try) to maintain some of my health. But this massager relieves some of that stress for less than $20 — and all you have to do is sit back and move your feet across the rollers!

Promising review: “I press my feet into the product, especially the spikes, and allow it to sit momentarily. I do this for different areas in my feet, and I’m careful not to press too hard or overdo it in any way. A few minutes later, walking feels different — my toes feel freer, and my foot feels like it’s bending a little better. I believe that releasing tension in my feet may help release tension in my legs and other parts of my body. Be careful not to overdo it, and you might find it useful, too.” —User.

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

11.A time-marked water bottle to motivate you to stay hydrated when you’re running from class to class all day.

I may or may not have been guilty of not drinking as much water as I should have been, but a water bottle this cute would’ve DEFINITELY motivated me to keep it around more. Plus, the leakproof designs means that I would’ve been able to put it in my bag without worrying about spills.

Promising review: “I love the color! This bottle is huge, but that’s the point. The handle and strap are strong enough to let you carry a full bottle. I appreciate the motivational words, and I always think about how I’m going to outdo the next mark by drinking my water before the indicated time. I use this at work and use two connected straws to drink out of it since the bottle is too deep for the length of a regular straw.” —Michelle Meadors

Get it from Amazon for $8.32–$20.96 (available in 18 additional colors, and in three bottle sizes).

12.This natural deodorant that’ll take you from the gym to class feeling so fresh, you’ll actually start believing in magic.

When it comes to deodorant, the “all-day fresh feeling” I’ve been promised always ended by noon, and I’ve been left smelling funky and feeling self-conscious around my peers one too many times. I very recently began using the Bali Secrets natural deodorant — during the peak of summer, might I add — and it has yet to fail me. You wouldn’t have guessed that I went to the gym before coming in to work, and it keeps me dry all day.

Promising review: “I couldn’t be more satisfied with this purchase. After trying the deodorant, I was immediately blown away by how well it works. It smelled lovely, kept me odor-free through a day of extensive ballet classes, and it didn’t leave a wet, sticky feeling like most other natural deodorants I’ve tried — and I’ve tried many. I will be a faithful customer for life.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.29 (available in five scents).

13.A set of cooling towels that’ll make living without an air conditioner in the hot, stuffy dorms in September MUCH more bearable.

Rocking one of these as a scarf would’ve kept me cool and made being in a fan-free dorm room much less miserable! After soaking the towel and wringing it out, the chilling effect lasts for up to three hours.

Promising review: “I purchased these cooling towels for a family trip to Disney and I must say, they work perfectly. It got so hot and they were so cool and comfortable that my daughter didn’t want to take hers off. After the park, I rinsed them off to keep them damp, then put them in a resealable bag and put them in the freezer. The next day at Disney, I’d bring the bags with us and by the time we needed them, I’d just wring out any extra water and they were ready to go. I would highly recommend this product.” —Natasha Lovelace

Get a set of four from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 12 additional color sets).

14.And this three-speed tower fan — it’ll keep your dorm room cool without taking up valuable floor space, so you can pretty much say goodbye to your forehead sweat now.

I’m not sure what possessed me to wait until my sophomore year to invest in a fan for my room, but better late than never, right? This fan comes with a remote so you can control it without having to get out of bed and stumble around in the dark. Plus, the minimal noise lets you keep this baby going without distracting you (or your roommate) from studying.

Promising review: “Wow do I love this fan. I live in an adorable pre-World War II apartment with no central AC and only ceiling fans. I could not be happier with this fan. Southern California summers are hot, but within 10 minutes of turning this on, the living room significantly cooled down. I don’t know how this is possible considering that it’s a fan and not an air conditioner, but frankly, I don’t care. It works. The fan is also light enough to transfer from room to room if need be, but considering the price point, I just may buy another one instead. I highly recommend this!” —Fay

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two colors/finishes).

15.A hot air brush that gives you an ultra volumized look when you live that broke college student life and don’t have money for a blowout at the salon.

I’ve always dreaded the two-plus hours it would take me to straighten my hair the night before class. But now that I’m older and know better (and am better at happening upon really good products by chance), I started using this brush on my curly hair, and — whoa — I get a smooth, volumized look in less than an hour! The brush has a ceramic coating so you don’t totally fry your hair, and the even heat distribution quickly dries wet hair.

Promising review: “I was skeptical about this product, but like everyone else, decided to give it a try based on reviews, and…WOW! I have fine, wavy hair, and this is perfect for achieving a salon-like blowout without too much heat. Sectioning off your hair definitely yields the best results. But beware, I didn’t read the instructions and brought the tool abroad. Turns out, it does NOT work even with a voltage converter, so it immediately stopped working. But I loved it so much that I’m gonna swallow that loss and buy another one ASAP.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $43.20+ (also available in mint).

16.An adhesive shelf mount that conveniently sticks to the wall by your bed, so you don’t have to reluctantly slink out of bed when you forget your nighttime necessities.

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve gotten all cozy under the covers only to realize that I forgot to grab my headphones from my desk on the other side of the room. Or maybe it was allergy season and I just wanted to keep a pack of tissues nearby. That’s where this baby comes in. The wall mount comes with adhesive tape, so you don’t have to worry about drilling a hole through the dorm walls to get it to stick. Alternatively, you can use Command picture hanging strips for a nice, clean removal at the end of the school year.

Promising review: “I bought this for my daughter so she could keep her phone near her since she has a bunk bed. The sticky pads worked well — we let it sit for 24 hours before she put anything in it. It’s a great size for an iPhone.” —Jeff Finkelstein

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

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MTV's Ghosted Looks Messy and Dramatic, So I'll Be Watching Every Single Episode

MTV’s new show Ghosted: Love Gone Missing is going to be a trip. Have you ever been ghosted? Have you ever wanted to track down the ghost with a camera crew and former Bachelorette star, and force them to tell you why they left you hanging? In the new Catfish-style reality series, actor and on-air personality Travis Mills links up with Rachel Lindsay — the first black Bachelorette — to help a handful of people who have been tortured by a lover’s disappearing act by finding the ghost and sitting them down face-to-face to hash out what went wrong. If that sounds a tad obsessive, and possibly also an invasion of privacy, I can see how you got there!

As someone who loves Catfish to a near-disturbing degree, I am admittedly intrigued by this show — after all, when has confronting someone who clearly doesn’t want to talk to you ever gone wrong? Also, the trailer is such a dramatic mess (lots of sobbing, screaming, and buddy-cop-style antics!) that I truly have no choice but to tune in. Ghosted: Love Gone Missing premieres with back-to-back episodes on Sept. 10, and if you need me, I’ll be on my couch with a giant bowl of popcorn.

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Watch Liam Gallagher Recount Rock and Roll Comeback in ‘As It Was’ Doc Trailer

Liam Gallagher recounts his post-Oasis fall from grace and his reemergence as a solo artist in the new trailer for the documentary Liam Gallagher: As It Was. The film was directed by Charlie Lightening and Gavin Fitzgerald, and is set to arrive in theaters September 13th, digital HD September 17th and video on demand platforms October 8th.

The new trailer teases the scope of the film, capturing Oasis’ rowdy glory days, their bitter split and the tabloid-ready spiral Gallagher fell into afterwards. But amidst shots of Gallagher running Rocky-style through England, it teases how music once again became the necessary anchor for his life.

The As It Was clip highlights the moment that helped spark Gallagher’s solo comeback — a 2015 viral video of him performing a new song in an Irish pub — and also dives into the making of his 2017 solo debut, As You Were. And while the trailer doesn’t feature any Noel slander from Gallagher, one interviewee does casually quip, “Kids don’t want to be Noel, they want to be Liam.”

The release of As You Were will coincide with Gallagher’s new slo album, Why Me? Why Not, out September 20th. Following the album’s release, the singer will open a handful of North American shows for the Who, starting October 9th in San Francisco.

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Liam Hemsworth files for divorce from Miley Cyrus

Liam Hemsworth has reportedly filed for divorce from Miley Cyrus just days after photos emerged of her kissing Kaitlynn Carter.

The Hunger Games actor is said to have filed legal documents in Los Angeles this week, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’, a week after confirming their split.

According to TMZ, Liam and Miley did have a prenuptial agreement that states they are entitled to keep their individual incomes earned during their marriage.

As the estranged couple did not have children, the divorce proceedings are expected to be fairly swift.

Miley, 26, and Liam, 29, secretly tied the knot in December 2018 at the popstar’s home in Tennessee.

It came after around 10 years of dating on and off since they met on set of The Last Song back in 2008.

The pair announced their separation on 10 August, with Miley’s rep confirming in a statement: ‘Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time.

‘Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.’

Shortly after the split was announced, photos emerged of Miley kissing Kaitlynn during a girls’ holiday to Lake Como.

Just days before, Kaitlynn herself had ended her year-long marriage to Brody Jenner.

It appears Miley and Kaitlynn are still spending time together as a source claimed they were spotted ‘basically having sex’ at a California club on Friday.

The insider told Page Six: ‘They were obsessed with each other.

‘They were kissing and making out everywhere. In the bathroom, at the bar, in the middle of the floor. They were basically having sex. There’s no question they’re together.’

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Candace Bushnell Explains Why Dating Is Harder Now Than It Was In The ‘Sex & The City’ Years

I discovered Sex and the City for the first time when I was 16. The show felt electric to me, a girl in the suburbs who dreamed of moving to New York to be a writer and go on fancy dates with sophisticated suitors and gossip about it all with my friends at our regular brunch spot. Ten years later, I’ve done just that — and I finally had the opportunity to ask the show’s creator, Candace Bushnell, why dating is harder now than it was in the Sex and the City years. Because honestly, the show didn’t prepare me for how monotonous and disappointing dating can sometimes be.

Like Carrie Bradshaw, I write about dating, I’ve lived on the Upper East Side with too many shoes, and I feel as if I have personally dated half of Manhattan and a third of Brooklyn. While I’m in a great relationship now, I spent years wondering how the Sex and the City women wound up on swanky dates with interesting, handsome, absurdly suave men every week, while I, well… drank Four Loko and hooked up with my dorm neighbor whose breath smelled like Velveeta. And got ghosted by the very cute lead singer of a band with a man bun. And got dumped in a grocery store. I knew it was just bad luck, but still, I couldn’t help but wonder: Where was my Mr. Big?

Upon the release of Bushnell’s ninth book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, in August, I spoke to her about why dating in real life seems harder and less glamorous than it did on her iconic show, which ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2004. Before our interview, I wondered if she’d remind me that SATC is a TV series — of course it’s polished and perfect, right? But once the conversation began to flow, she pointed to a tougher truth.

"I think every generation feels like dating is bad, but you know, being in your 20s [now] and being on Tinder seems kind of like the worst," Bushnell tells Elite Daily. "It’s this illusion that you’re dating and you’re doing something when really you’re just looking at pictures of people."

She laments how dating apps have changed dating culture. "Every situation can just be a throw-away situation because you could always go back to the app and look for somebody else," she says. (While that may be true, dating apps often do work — 39% of straight couples and 65% of same-sex couples who met in 2017 met online, according to a 2019 study.) "Most people don’t seem to be that good at getting an actual date. Some people do get a meetup, but it seems to be super complicated… and some people get really stuck on first dates, and they just don’t have the skills to have a relationship."


Bushnell was inspired to write Is There Still Sex in the City? after her divorce, when an editor at Cosmopolitan asked her to test out Tinder. During her experiment, she spoke to a group of women in their 20s and 30s about their experiences on dating apps, and she was appalled to find how low their standards were. They praised men who were simply baseline-level nice — in other words, men who weren’t particularly kind or charming or romantic, but at least they weren’t serial killers. Ultimately, Bushnell found that (spoiler alert) she and her Tinder date, who seemed initially promising, didn’t end up with a happily-ever-after ending. So, I had to ask: Are women’s standards too low? Or are men putting in less effort than they used to?

"When I was writing Sex and the City, women would complain and say, ‘We can’t meet any great 30-something, single guys, [and] the answer from society was, ‘Well, your standards are too high. Lower your standards.’ Which is ridiculous. And then, of course, with Tinder, you know the standards can’t really go much lower," Bushnell says. "It feels like women have a hard time finding — I mean, this is a weird, weird word — ‘quality’ men who they want to be with. I think that apps can bring out the less attractive side of people. And it feels like men are more blatantly disrespectful [on apps]. Men have expressed this sort of disdain for women in other ways, but now it’s just right in your face. I mean, the reality is people feel like everyone lies on dating apps. So, you kind of start off with a lie. And that’s really not great for relationships." Regardless of which genders you date, you might find that your experience on dating apps can be disappointing or frustrating, and that’s a bummer.

Despite her dismal view of dating in 2019, Bushnell says all is not lost. She believes that if Carrie were single today, she’d be sliding into Mr. Big’s DMs and flirting up a storm there. She likens dating to self-discovery, noting that you learn valuable information about yourself and build better interpersonal skills by going out with a variety of people. She also envisions a future in which people find love with different people throughout their lives, musing, "It might be something where you’ve got a partner for 10 years, and you have a kid, and then you’re on your own for a bit, and you meet somebody else."

Nobody ever said dating would be easy, but I have hope. When, inspired by Bushnell’s book title, I polled my Instagram followers to ask if there’s still sex in the city, more than three-quarters of them voted a resounding yes. Just because you’re drinking White Claws instead of Cosmos and swiping on Tinder instead of strutting in Manolos doesn’t rule out a great, romantic love story for you, too — just don’t expect it to look exactly like what you see on TV.

"If you try to compare your own relationship to this romantic ideal that’s sold to women, you’ll always feel like your relationship will come up short," Bushnell says. "Nobody can beat that romantic ideal because it doesn’t exist."

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Doug the Pug Protests E-Cigarettes in Commercial to Air at MTV VMAs: 'Never Stop Fighting JUUL!'

In recent years, advocacy groups have worked to quell the teen vaping epidemic. Now, animals — including Doug the Pug! — are getting in on the efforts.

In a new video from the Truth Initiative, an anti-tobacco advocacy group, creatures from elephants to dogs take a stand against the massive e-cigarette company JUUL. The 30-second spot, titled “Tested On Humans,” will air during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday.

“No one knows the long term effects of JUULing, so any human who uses one is being used as a lab rat,” a rat is shown saying in the clip as two other rodents hold a sign that reads “RATS AGAINST HUMAN TESTING.”

The video is just the latest effort by the Initiative to combat JUUL e-cigarette use among teens. The Initiative holds that vaping is most popular among teenagers and, according to the JUUL website, one JUUL pod has the nicotine strength of one pack of cigarettes.

“We did a recent survey and found out that 63 percent of young people don’t know that JUUL always contains nicotine,” Eric Asche, chief marketing officer of the Initiative, tells PEOPLE. “We know more about what’s in a bag of potato chips than what’s in a JUUL product. The threat is real. The danger is real.”

JUUL's products

JUUL Labs, based in San Francisco, launched its product in 2015 as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. JUUL products now represent 75 percent of e-cigarette sales at mass retail outlets and convenience stores, NPR reported this month, citing a report from Wells Fargo Securities senior analyst Bonnie Herzog.

“What we’re attempting to do is really come alongside young adults and educate them so they can make an informed decision,” Asche says. “JUUL is a cultural phenomenon … it’s a product that was focused on and launched targeting youth. Our goal is to use culture to win back the minds of youth and young adults.”

Doug the Pug

Asche says that’s why the Initiative enlisted the help of internet favorite Doug the Pug for the video. The beloved dog boasts nearly 4 million Instagram followers and photos with stars like Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas.

“I will never stop fighting JUUL!” the pug is shown saying in the clip. “Or the mailman.”

JUUL has long held that its target audience is adults. Health advocates have questioned that assertion, noting that JUUL has utilized social media to sell its products, according to NPR.

In a statement to PEOPLE, a spokesperson for JUUL said they “do not want non-nicotine users to buy JUUL products.”

“We stopped the sale of non-tobacco and non-menthol based flavored JUULpods to our traditional retail store partners last year, enhanced our online age-verification, strengthened our retailer compliance and shut down our Facebook and Instagram accounts while working constantly to remove inappropriate social media content generated by others,” the company added. “We also continue to develop technologies to further restrict underage access with our distributors, at retail establishments and as features of potential new products.”

JUUL device

Earlier this month, 22 people in the Midwest were hospitalized with breathing issues linked to vaping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that teen use of tobacco products was up 38.3 percent in 2017-2018, saying e-cigarettes were to blame.

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration sent out warning letters in an effort to stop sales of JUUL and other e-cigarettes to teens, as use of the device among kids under 18 has reached “an epidemic proportion.”

Hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, the VMAs will air live on MTV from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

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PEOPLE Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' 'Abbey Road' with Special Edition Issue

1969. Before the year was out, we proved you could put a man on the moon. You could gather half a million people together in the name of peace and music. But you could not, for love nor money, keep together four young men who were outgrowing the band that had changed the culture forever.

The last year of the 1960s was as busy for the Beatles as it was tumultuous. Within 12 months they would record two albums: Abbey Road — celebrating the 50th anniversary of its U.S. release in October, and Let it Be, with an accompanying film that documented both the fighting and the genius present in the studio. Individually, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison pursued separate lives. Two of them married; one became a father; all of them readied their post-Beatles solo debuts. But before they went their own ways, they began the year with an electrifying live set — their first since 1966 — on a London rooftop.

In a new special edition, PEOPLE marks a half-century since the Beatles’ last days with an intimate photo collection as well as a look at the inspirations and legacies of Abbey Road and a song-by-song look at the album’s 17 tracks. Ever wondered who or what inspired McCartney’s homicidal Maxwell Edison and his hammer? Or how London’s sunlessness and cold weather pushed Harrison to write “Here Comes the Sun”? We’ve got the answers and an in-depth look at each song.

“We went through weeks of all saying, ‘Why don’t we call it Billy’s Left Foot?’ And things like that, and then Paul just said, ‘Why don’t we call it Abbey Road?’ Starr once said about how the band came up with the name for the album.

McCartney in the Abbey Road crossing, 2018.

Plus: A look at the real Abbey Road studio that inspired the cover image that was taken on Aug. 8, 1969, on location in London. To this day the famous crosswalk attracts hundreds of fans and tourists year after year.

Finally, the issue includes a reflection on Woodstock on its 50th anniversary. The photo-filled special edition includes a portfolio of memories from the upstate New York festival — when peace, music and mud prevailed. While there were no Beatles, other artists like Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, and many other artists performed. The Beatles were reportedly invited to headline the festival, but the dates conflicted with the recording of Abbey Road. Still, the historic gathering of half a million people for peace and music appealed to them. “Woodstock, the Isle of Wight — all the mass meetings of the youth — it’s completely positive for me… when you show your flag, you’re not alone,” Lennon said in 1969.

PEOPLE’s special issue The Beatles: 1969, is available now on Amazon and wherever magazines are sold.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Contestants for Season 28 Finally Released!

It’s that time of year again…Dancing with the Stars is back!

Moments ago on Good Morning America, the full list of contestants and their pro partners were revealed for this season, and it looks like it’s gonna be a great competition for the Mirror Ball trophy!

Included in the cast are reality stars, actors, athletes, and many more, along with some fan favorites returning to participate as the pro dancers.

The fall of 2019 season of Dancing with the Stars is set to premiere on September 16 on ABC. Be sure to tune in – Just Jared Jr will be live blogging the show that night as well!

Click through the slideshow to check out the full list of celeb contestants for DWTS…

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Rick Perry, The Man In Charge Of American Nuclear Weapons, Fell For An Instagram Hoax

Sec. Rick Perry, the man tasked with overseeing America’s vast nuclear arsenal in his capacity as head of the Energy Department, fell victim to a hoax on Instagram Tuesday.

In what is essentially the Instagram version of forwarding a chain email, the former Texas governor, 69, reposted a screenshot of a message falsely claiming the social media company was changing its privacy policy and would make public all users’ posts, including deleted messages. It also suggested the company could somehow “use your photos.”

The message also falsely claimed that any Instagram user who objected to the change could repost the message in order to stop the company.

“With this statement, I give notice to Instagram it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents,” the message read.


[Related: What To Do If The Older People In Your Life Are Sharing False Or Extreme Content]

The message was posted to his personal account, @governorperry, as well as his Twitter account. He also has a separate account, @secretaryperry, to showcase his official government work with the Energy Department.


Variations of this hoax have gone viral over the years in connection with different social platforms. As far back as 2012, an almost identical message — complete with a reference to a non-existent “Channel 13” news report — went viral about Instagram parent company Facebook, prompting the company to publicly debunk the “copyright meme”:

There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.

Perry was not alone in falling for the hoax this week; a number of celebrities also reposted the hoax to their millions of followers, helping to spread the misinformation even further.

Julia Roberts, Debra Messing, Usher, and Julianne Moore were among the celebs who fell for it.

After he posted the fake meme, Perry was roundly ridiculed as gullible across social media.

“I’d like to introduce you to a Nigerian prince,” read one Instagram comment.

“How the hell are you in charge of the department of energy when you fall for the social media version of chain email,” read another.


When Perry accepted the offer to join Donald Trump’s cabinet as Energy Secretary, he was said to have misunderstood the duties of the role, wrongly assuming he would oversee oil and gas regulation. In fact, the department is primarily concerned with maintaining US nuclear weapons.

When he made an unsuccessful run for president in 2011, he famously could not recall during a primary debate the name of the Energy Department, which he had pledged to eliminate along with two others. “Sorry,” he said. Oops.”

The secretary evidently realized his error following his post on Tuesday night, soon commenting, “OMG….seriously, you mean this is fake!! 🙄”

“I’ll be darned!!” he added. “First time I’ve seen anything fake on the internet!! 🤓😱.”

Representatives from Instagram and the Department of Energy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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