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Social Media Falls in Love with a May/December Celebrity Couple Only to Find Out It's a Hoax

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | March 28, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | March 28, 2016 |

When I hopped on the computer to work this morning, one of the first things I saw was news that Saturday Night Live’s 58-year-old Jon Lovitz and 27-year-old actress Jessica Lowndes (90210) had announced their engagement after an apparent secret relationship that had gone on for months.

Being happy never goes out of style ☺️💕

A video posted by Jessica Lowndes (@jessicalowndes) on

Aside from my natural dislike of Lovitz owed to his politics and from stuff I’ve heard Kevin Smith say about him, I didn’t think much of the story, other than I wasn’t touching it because that kind of relationship has a tendency to bring out the worst on the Internet.

Looking through Facebook, however, I was pleasantly surprised with the mostly civil, respectful reaction to the engagement. Good for him, seemed to be the most common sentiment, “it looks like he found love and happiness.” Or, “I say she’s a very lucky lady.” There were a smattering of “she’s a gold digger” comments, but the congratulatory comments far outweighed the negative ones, and there were even some nice sentiments on the ugliness of ageism. “Love is love. Haters gonna hate,” one person sweetly wrote.

In other words, for some reason, the Internet didn’t completely lose its mind and show its uglier, more vicious side.

Of course, it turned out it was all a hoax, an early April Fool’s joke.

Posted by Jessica Lowndes on Monday, March 28, 2016

So, what’s the message here, folks? I guess it’s that if you see an attractive younger woman shacking up with an older guy, it’s obviously a joke because that could never happen in a reality where looks are more important than personality (even if the guy’s personality is allegedly shit). In other words, take your sweet sentiments and shove them up your ass, because this would obviously never happen in real life and you’re a fool if you think so. Right?

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.