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Ferrell's rep: Trayvon Martin tweets bogus

Published On: Mar 27 2012 08:12:28 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 27 2012 08:24:11 AM CDT
Will Ferrell

A fake Will Ferrell tweeter fooled the Twitterverse over the weekend after weighing in on the Trayvon Martin controversy.

Here's what happened: The Twitter account @RealFerrellWill sent a message saying that for every retweet, $1 would be donated to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Hundreds of people retweeted, including several celebrities, and the media picked it up.

Later, a more serious tweet reportedly appeared: "I truly believe that Zimmermon should have the death penalty.. #TrayvonMartin was a innocent kid who just wanted to eat some skittles."

Two problems: There's no Trayvon Martin Foundation -- and that Twitter account does not belong to the funnyman. In fact, Ferrell isn't on Twitter at all.

Ferrell's publicist told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that they informed Twitter the tweets were a hoax.

The account has since been suspended.

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