Calm Down, Twitterverse: Paris Hilton Knows the Difference Between MLK and Nelson Mandela

The world seemed to pause on Thursday as news of Nelson Mandela’s death made international news. Outpourings of love and sympathy for the anti-apartheid leader were felt around the Twitterverse, as public figures and celebrities tweeted out their condolences.

And it was one of those “tweets” that once again made socialite Paris Hilton the subject of ridicule. A headscratching tweet, seemingly sent from the socialite’s account, made the rounds in the hours after the former South African president’s passing in Johannesburg.

“RIP Nelson Mandela. Your ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was so inspiring. Amazing man.”

See the dilemma?

Tweeters went wild, hitting Hilton with a barrage of insults over the remark. Perhaps not surprisingly, the tweet was later confirmed to be the work of Internet hoaxers.

In reality, Paris, who is the process of working on a new album, was actually on a plane bound for Miami when the fake tweet was attributed to her online. Once she landed, the 33-year-old heiress tweeted condolences for Mandela and sent out a blast to the culprits behind the “Dream” tweet.

“Just landed & heard the sad new about Nelson Mandela. He was a true Hero & the world is a better place because of him. May he rest in peace…Whoever made that stupid fake tweet lacks respect to the loss the world is mourning right now. Same goes for all the blogs who ran with it.”