On December 17th, 2016, a video purportedly showing what appears to be a smartphone explosion that happens as CeeLo Green’s actually talking on the phone went viral via social media with several outlets reporting on the incident. The authenticity of the video could not be verified but the most obvious question people had, even more so than if the R&B star was alright, was which phone was it?
Some were quick to point out Samsung, and the phone did smoke before exploding much like the recalled Galaxy Note 7.
In the video, a male subject who looks very much like CeeLo Green is seen sitting at a console in a sound mixing studio and speaking on what appears to be a smartphone, when the device suddenly seems to to explode in his face, knocking him to the floor.
The quick clip is quite blurry, so it’s tough to tell which smartphone, exactly, it is. There was no date stamp on the footage, and apart from a caption claiming that Green was injured by an exploding cell phone, the clip included no information about when or where the alleged incident supposedly occurred or what the status of the injured party may have been. A spokesperson for the star was not immediately available for comment.
A popular Internet theory held that the video was a publicity stunt timed to tease CeeLo Green’s appearance in the TBN TV Christmas special Because of Bethlehem, scheduled to air the next day. But around 9 p.m. ET on 17 December, CeeLo posted a video on Facebook explaining the incident, which was not real, and assuring his fans that he was perfectly fine:
“Actually what you saw today was a clip from a smaller video that we were shooting for a new project I’m doing called Gnarley Davidson, and it’s supposed to set up and introduce the new character identity, you know what I’m saying? And you know, forgive me y’all. I’m still going to release the music, but first and foremost, for everybody that loves me and cares about me, I just want to let y’all know that I’m okay.”
Had the incident been real though, the implications for wshichever company’s phone it was, one company in particular — Samsung — would’ve been huge, if only because it was their Galaxy Note 7 which started this mass hysteria of smartphone fear.
Luckily though, that wasn’t the case.
Source : PhoneArena