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Lady Gaga Fans Accused of Posting Fake Reviews of Venom


Spider-Man may not appear in Sony’s Venom, but Tom Hardy’s antihero appears to have found a new archnemesis to take his place: Lady Gaga.

Twitter has erupted into a war of words between Gaga’s devotees, the Little Monsters, and those excited to see Marvel’s alien symbiote in his first solo outing. According to Buzzfeed, Gaga fans are suspected of flooding the social media platform with negative reviews of Venom in an effort to propel A Star Is Born, starring Gaga and Bradley Cooper, to the top of the weekend box office.

Not to be outdone, Venom fans have taken the same tactic, alleging that A Star Is Born is causing “satanic orgies,” among other things, and that movie-goers would be better off watching the Tom Hardy film instead.

The only grievance between the two sides seems to be that both very disparate films will be released nationwide on Friday.

RELATED: Venom Was Always Planned As PG-13, R-Rating ‘Not a Consideration’

As Buzzfeed points out, this kind of behavior isn’t exactly out of character for Gaga’s most fervent Little Monsters, many of whom have participate in coordinated troll campaigns against other performers and fandoms, as well as journalists. Gaga has repeatedly asked her fans to stop.

While this most recent campaign against Venom seemed to be a few fans sowing discord on their own, one Twitter user, identified only as @LGMonster95, alleged that the fake reviews had been part of a larger effort. “It’s us Gaga fans creating fake IDs to trash the Venom premiere,” they said. “They both are getting released on the same day, so we want more audience for A Star Is Born.”

Given the film’s decidedly mixed reviews, they may not need to worry.

RELATED: Review: Venom is an Unwelcome Blast from the Pre-MCU Past

Opening Friday nationwide, Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate,Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Scott Deckert, Marcella Bragio, Michelle Lee, Mac Brandt, Christian Convery, Sam Medina, and Ron Cephas Jones.





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