The internet is a wild place, but sometimes, it’s more farce than fact. Earlier this month, Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath recorded and posted a Cameo video he said was for “Brayden” on behalf of his girlfriend “Cheyenne.” In the video, McGrath launches into a “it’s not you, it’s me” break up speech, ultimately ending the long-distance relationship between the two parties. Awkward.
Loving any kind of drama, the good people of the internet slowly but surely shared around the viral video along with condolences for dear Brayden who, on top of being broken up with publicly, apparently has a thesis due soon. This is really a 21st century tragedy like no other.
You gotta watch this video PLEASE pic.twitter.com/GNFf70iDwa
— Vincent Bec (@slasherdaysaint) November 24, 2019
Now, if we know anything about the internet, it’s that people aren’t always honest, and it looks like we might have a bit of a hoax on our hands here. Twitter user @SeanAppalled, whose account had been inactive since 2015 before he posted the McGrath video on November 16, claims that he is the one who ordered the Cameo video as a joke. The way Cameo works is users can pay to have celebrities record a personalized video either for themselves or someone else. It’s commonly used for people to send unique and exciting birthday messages to their friends and family from their favourite celebs, but no one said the messages had to be truthful.
On the same day @SeanAppalled posted the McGrath video, he posted a second video as well, this time from former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci (who you may recall spent 10 days on the job before getting the boot from Donald Trump). In the second video, The Mooch tells Brayden the same devastating truths as in the McGrath video—that Cheyenne can’t do long distance any more, wants to remain friends and wishes him the best on his thesis. He also added in some personal colour, letting Brayden know that things can’t possibly be as bad as the time Scaramucci got publicly ousted by the president right after his wife threatened to divorce him. Yikes.
Bradyns girlfriend got back together with him and then broke up with him again using anthony scaramucci pic.twitter.com/utnhUytF1o
— hunter malik shabazz (@SeanAppalled) November 16, 2019
It was only once the videos went viral that @SeanAppalled came out to take credit for the gag. In a follow-up tweet Monday, the prankster wrote, “as viral as my joke is going I don’t think i gained a single follower over this. I shoulda hired criss angel.” McGrath responded on Twitter that he was pretty sure the request was a joke, but he decided to roll with it anyway. Apparently there’s also a Brayden response video coming so stay tuned for that.
Looks like someone is finally ready to respond to Cheyenne! Check my @BookCameo profile in the next few days for his response…and while you’re there, why not?! 🤔
— Mark McGrath (@mark_mcgrath) November 26, 2019
In the internet age, there’s always a 50-50 chance any viral video is fake and it seems like this one fooled us all.