Rumors that Tila Tequila died soon surfaced on the internet when it was discovered that her girlfriend, Casey Johnson, had died. By word-of-mouth, blogging, tweeting, and texting, the rumor that Tila Tequila was dead swept the electronic information highway in minutes. The fact that it was not true made little difference to the people hearing the news for the first time because they were hearing (or seeing) the information for the first time, the news devoid of an original source. It only takes a couple of seconds to pull up a thousand stories, however, to find indications that Tila Tequila is alive and well.
Casey Johnson, the 30-year-old Johnson & Johnson heiress who became engaged to Tila Tequila in early December, actually is dead. And it is that unfortunate circumstance that will no doubt give rise to the next big internet rumor — that Tila Tequila was somehow involved in her death.
The unfortunate progression of speculative rumors works on proximity and he said/she said sourcing. The next unsubstantiated rumor will involve Tila Tequila simply by used those techniques. It is an ugly, misleading, disingenuous business and tabloids are really good at employing those angles to produce juicy stories that capture the curiosity of the average person.
Tila Tequila admitted to TMZ that she last saw Casey Johnson when she spent time at her house on December 28. The two were fighting, so Casey Johnson left and went home. Tila Tequila told TMZ that she tried to contact Johnson without success December 29 to come and get her dogs, which she had left at Tequila’s house. Tequila also said that Johnson’s phone seemed to have been shut off on December 29.
It is known that Casey Johnson last tweeted at 1:13 a.m. on December 29.
Radar Online reported Monday that a source close to Tila Tequila says the reality show star’s first reaction to the news that girlfriend Casey Johnson had died was that it was due to a prescription drug overdose.
Tabloids and online gossip sites make their money from controversy and scandal. Open-ended speculation and quasi-baseless insinuation are their stock in trade. The next step in the Tila Tequila story will be for one or several celebrity gossip outlets to suggest that Tila Tequila was the cause or was involved somehow in the death of Casey Johnson. They will point at her quick assumption of a prescription drug overdose and talk about how quick she was to point at something that is fresh on the public’s mind (Brittany Murphy).
Why? Simply because they can. They will suggest that even if Tila Tequila did not directly kill Casey Johnson, their fighting and the emotional burden may have driven Casey Johnson to take too many pills or to even accidentally take too many pills. In this way, it can be insinuated that Tila Tequila was the cause of Casey Johnson’s untimely death.
Depending on other tidbits of information that will no doubt become common public knowledge in the next few hours and days, there will be those that might speculate that Tila Tequila was more than peripherally involved. Some will speculate homicide. They will allege this and allege that. Some will allude to Tila Tequila’s proximity and her knowledge of the victim. The couple’s fighting will be used as circumstantial motive.
And that is how these rumors begin — through a lack of information. Speculation can be cruel. Bridging gaps without enough information can be costly to those who are connected to the speculation. And while the bridges exist without the facts to see them disassembled, people tend to get hurt.
But that is immaterial to those that have deadlines to meet, editors to please, money to make.
And the tabloids and gossip purveyors will have six weeks within which to play with a myriad ideas of what may have happened to cause the death of the unfortunate Casey Johnson.