In December 2021, Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of “The View,” was exposed to a combination of a death scam and unauthorized CBD advocacy. To be clear, despite all claims, the film actress is not dead and did not own a line of CBD products, nor has Oprah Winfrey endorsed such items.
Goldberg Death Hoax
The Death Hoax clickbait over Goldberg appeared in Facebook ads paid for by the owner of The Failures page.
It is unclear how much money was spent on the ads.
“Today is a tragic end for our Whoopi Goldberg, and the audience is sad about today’s news,” said the post. It also carried the headline: “The tragic end of our dear Whoopi Goldberg, Farewell to America.”
Unauthorized CBD endorsements
A click on the Facebook ads with the death swindle led to pages either on bisniswalet.com or rihohire.work that said nothing of a “tragic end” for Goldberg. Instead, the sites claimed it “made headlines after unveiling its new line of CBD on live television last week”. They were also designed to mimic the NBC News website and may appear authentic to some readers. The title of the page was “MSNBC” in a browser tab, although NBC News had nothing to do with it.
This page was designed by scammers to look like an article on NBC News. NBC News had nothing to do with it, however.
One section even falsely claimed that Winfrey endorsed Goldberg’s alleged line of CBD products, saying, “The advances Whoopi Goldberg has made in the CBD industry are remarkable.”
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(NBC) – In a shocking 1-on-1 interview, the US most popular newscaster reveals that she “wouldn’t be here without CBD”.
By Nigel Chiwaya | ABC health
(NBC) – Popular US actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg made headlines after revealing her new line of CBD on live TV last week. Pharmaceutical companies were outraged, saying they would file a lawsuit against Whoopi Goldberg and TV for breach of contract and undercutting. With that she replied:
“When I started the whole thing in 2018, it was really just a part-time passion project and an opportunity for me to give something back. After giving so much, I thought there was no better time to make Botanical Farms CBD Gummies available to everyone as it can help thousands of people live pain free lives and live much happier lives. “
Their product, Botanical Farms CBD Gummies, is flying off the shelves in minutes, and Whoopi Goldberg says her biggest fight as CEO is to keep up with demand. Their CBD wellness line is 90% cheaper and five times more effective than those from Pfizer and other big pharma companies.
Angry when they saw a massive drop in sales, Bayer and Pfizer filed a lawsuit against Whoopi Goldberg, saying, “We’re glad Ms. Whoopi Goldberg found something to replace prescriptions, but her announcement was a direct breach of contract. CTV should fire her immediately and she should formally apologize. “
Whoopi Goldberg appeared on live TV the next day, not to apologize but to offer free samples to viewers.
Oprah Winfrey: “The strides Whoopi Goldberg has made in the CBD industry are remarkable. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t had the chance to try it out for myself. After using Botanical Farms CBD Gummies for two weeks, I already felt like a new me and with almost no pain symptoms. “
Here, too, none of it was true. The pages also mentioned reviews of Goldberg’s alleged line of CBD products from celebrities other than Winfrey, all of which were fake. They included made-up quotes from Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson, and Jay Leno.
Cover your tracks
These unauthorized CBD confirmation pages are specifically created to obscure their contents when users try to update or visit them later.
However, we have saved screenshots and a PDF file that shows the true content of the pages.
Who is behind it?
The Failures Facebook page, which promoted Goldberg’s death hoax that led to the unauthorized and falsified CBD endorsement, was linked to a YouTube channel of the same name with the username @HallMallProduction.
The YouTube channel listed Pakistan as the alleged home country and mentioned email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org as associated email addresses.
The last time the Facebook page or YouTube channel posted new and public content was in March 2020.
Clint Eastwood’s $ 6.1 million lawsuit
In the past, the same CBD product scheme has used the image and likeness of other celebrities as if they were advocating CBD products. Some of these names were Drew Carey, Tom Hanks, Randy Jackson, Halle Berry, Alex Trebek, and Tom Selleck.
These fake recommendations also included the same cloaking technique that appeared to make the CBD content disappear when users refreshed the pages or later tried to visit the pages.
Clint Eastwood went after scammers who used his image and likeness in a similar CBD scam. (Photo by Michael Kovac / Getty Images for AFI)
This type of fraud even led to a lawsuit by Clint Eastwood himself. On October 3, 2021, the New York Times reported that the legendary actor and director won a $ 6.1 million lawsuit after a Lithuanian company “Has been accused of using the image and likeness of Mr. Eastwood to create the appearance of endorsing their products. ”
In conclusion, Goldberg was not dead and did not own a line of CBD products. And Winfrey, Colbert, Ferguson, or Leno didn’t endorse such articles. It seemed like nothing more than the latest overseas company-run program to earn affiliate referral commissions on CBD products.
We have contacted the Goldberg and Winfrey spokesmen and will update this story should we receive any responses.
Bahr, Sarah. “Clint Eastwood Wins $ 6.1 million CBD lawsuit.” The New York Times, Oct. 3, 2021. NYTimes.com, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/movies /clint-eastwood-wins-cbd-lawsuit.html.
“Did Alex Trebek run a CBD oil business?” Snopes.com, Nov 20, 2020. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cbd-oil-alex-trebek/.
“Is Tom Selleck a CBD Oil Spokesperson?” Snopes.com, March 2, 2021. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/tom-selleck-cbd/.