FACT CHECK: Did Hollywood celebrities endorse Peter Obi as Charly Boy claimed?

FACT CHECK: Did Hollywood celebrities endorse Peter Obi as Charly Boy claimed?

A viral submit on social media claims that main Hollywood celebrities have endorsed Peter Obi, the presidential flagbearer of the Labour Occasion (LP), forward of the 2023 elections.

Charles Oputa, also referred to as “Charly Boy” shared the video by way of his verified Twitter handle, @AreaFada1, to his 157k followers on Monday. 

Charly Boy is a singer, songwriter, tv presenter, actor, writer, and producer. He’s well-known for his various way of life and political opinions.

Within the video posted on his Twitter web page, which has now been deleted, some Hollywood actors and celebrities held a whiteboard which reads “sure it is sensible to vote Peter Obi in 2023”.

“Spectacular! Peter Obi’s marketing campaign has taken on a worldwide outlook with main American TV and Hollywood actors driving the marketing campaign.👏🏽,” reads the caption of the now-deleted tweet.

FACT CHECK: Did Hollywood celebrities endorse Peter Obi as Charly Boy claimed?

Earlier than Charly Boy deleted the tweet, it was broadly shared on WhatsApp. 

On Twitter, the video gathered over 221,000 views, 13,700 likes and 5,681 retweets.

A Youtube web page @gistdesk additionally shared the video.

Some celebrities that may be seen within the video embrace; Ice Dice, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise, Doug Liman, Will Farell, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Eve, Gerard Butler, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Terry Crews, 50cent, John Cena, Rowan Atkinson, Aaron Paul, Will Smith amongst others.


TheCable subjected the video to evaluation on Invid, a video verification platform, to determine the validity of the video. 

A keyframe evaluation of the video was additional subjected to Google reverse picture search. The results of the evaluation led to wired.com and laughingsquid.com, the place we discovered the unique video which was doctored to mislead social media customers. 

Checks by TheCable revealed that a number of the clips from the unique movies have been current on the web way back to 2016.

Additional search revealed that the doctored video posted by Charly Boy was reduce out from totally different footage from Wired Autocomplete collection, an interview session, the place celebrities reply probably the most generally searched questions on them on the internet.

Ice Dice’s version was first uploaded on April 11 2016, whereas Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey’s version of answering questions from the net was uploaded on August 2, 2017.

The opposite celebrities had theirs uploaded subsequently whereas different movies had been taken from varied different sources.

A glance via Charly Boy’s Twitter account additionally revealed that he’s an ardent supporter of the LP presidential candidate.

Earlier than deleting the tweet, some Twitter customers had knocked him over an intentional unfold of misinformation.

Replying to the feedback, the singer mentioned there was nothing improper since different presidential candidates are by no means within the reality.

“I can’t imagine that some mumu paid trolls will come on my web page to be telling me what video is pretend or true. Just like the folks they’re supporting have ever been curious about anytin truthful or desirous to do good,” he tweeted.

“I couldn’t care much less if they’re solely curious about defending cheats, liars, deceivers, drug lords, thieves and oppressors. If u can’t make a constructive criticism don’t come right here cos I received’t assume twice about blocking you.”


The circulating video displaying Hollywood actors endorsing Obi and canvassing votes for him has been doctored to mislead.

This story is printed in partnership with Report for the World, a worldwide service program that helps native public curiosity journalism.


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