Inside the mix-up: Hollywood Unlocked confused the actual Queen with Queens Of The Stone Age
It’s the wrong Queen, hunnay
So, it turns out Hollywood Unlocked may have mixed up the names *ever so slightly* when reporting on the Queen’s “death” this week (21st February).
On Tuesday night, the Jason Lee-founded gossip blog falsely reported the Queen had been “found dead” in Buckingham Palace. While government officials swiftly shot down the claim, Lee doubled down on his unidentified “source.” Even after the blog had excused the wrongly reported death by blaming the intern, the CEO stated the excuse was “fake news”.
Just a day later, a Buzzfeed Exclusive confirmed a potential case of confused identities – involving the actual Queen and Mark Lanegan, band member of Queens Of The Stone Age.
Jason Lee will NOT back down on his claims
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Lee maintained he’d heard “directly” from a guest at Edward Enninful’s wedding, which the Queen was allegedly supposed to attend on Tuesday (22nd February). This is hugely disputed by the fact she has no personal relationship with the Vogue editor – as well as not being published on any official guest lists, and cancelling all heavy duties due to her positive Covid status.
According to Lee: “(A guest received a phone call at the wedding), reacted emotionally to a few people, and those few people were informed of what happened.
“I would never post something like this if the person who told me, I did not trust… People are asking why we posted without allowing the royal family or the Palace to release a statement. Why? Because we break stories. And I’ve broken many stories that have been factual. We have never been wrong.”
An inside source suggests a mix-up with the names
Mark Lanegan died on Tuesday evening, just one hour before the Hollywood Unlocked post went live. Reactions on Twitter started to pour in shortly before the Instagram grid photo – which has now been labelled as “false information” – was published.
Although reporters are unsure whether Lanegan had been expected at Edward Enninful’s wedding, a handful of guests had ties to the alt-rock scene. The event was also attended by Maya Jama, Marc Jacobs and – apparently – Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Queen is still very much alive – but cancelling commitments
While Lee insists the Queen has died – she’s somehow been continuing light duties during the week. Her larger commitments, such as two virtual engagements, have been postponed for the time being. But she’s been reading state papers, as well as holding her regular audience with Boris Johnson via Zoom.
Closing his interview with Buzzfeed, Lee concluded: “I’m not a conspiracy theorist.”