The Real Story Behind Leonardo DiCaprio Moving to Warren, Michigan
We were pretty hyped when we first read that Oscar winner, humanitarian, and reigning Bro Lord Supreme Leonardo DiCaprio is moving to Warren, Michigan. Then we read that Jim Carrey is moving to Grand Rapids. Why is everyone flocking to Michigan? Well, the answer is simple...
...they're not. We'll get to how we know that in just a minute, but first we'll give you the story that will likely be shared by your friends, then read by a few more of your friends that blindly believe every headline they read on Facebook.
According to KNP 7, Leonardo DiCaprio said in an interview with "a magazine" that he was, "tired of the L.A. lifestyle." You know, because running through supermodels and attending yacht parties can be so exhausting after a while. The article then claimed that Lee-Bro had this to say about the Detroit suburb:
" I’ve been to Warren a few times over the years and the people there are real… they’re genuine, and yeah every community has its problems but the people there are good, decent people and they care about their community. Those are the things I find most important in deciding where to live. I’m not retiring, I’m just looking for a change in life and I think I’ve found that in Warren, Michigan,”
If you think that sounds familiar, then maybe you read that exact (and we do mean exact) same quote about Grand Rapids when it was reportedly said by Jim Carrey. Guess what site that story came from. Yup -- KNP 7. In fact, this website has recycled this same story dozens of times. They play mad libs with the city and actor, but the rest stays the same. Verbatim. If you don't believe us, check out the same article on Miley Cyrus, Eminem, and Johnny Depp. Eminem doesn't even live in L.A., neither does Johnny Depp.
Trash websites like KNP 7 operate under the guise of being "satire," but satire requires a comedic element. What they're doing is preying on people's gullibility and hesitance to fact-check. People read that a celeb says something nice about their city and is moving there and, naturally, they want to share that info with their friends. Sadly, those people just end up looking stupid while these talent-less hacks make a few cents per click. If you look at their website for long enough, you'll run across the following mission statement:
So there you have it -- no Leo, no Jim Carrey. But if you two are somehow reading this article, you should know that you're more than welcome in "The Mitten" anytime. We'll even make you honorary Michiganders if you'd like.
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