By Shawn Rice
The world’s most-pierced person, “Gerard Rogers,” being killed as a result of passing through a metal detector at Los Angeles International airport is fake news. There is no truth to a story that the person holding the world record for most piercings had died in gruesome fashion when they attempted to go through a metal detector at the LAX airport.
Where did this fake news originate? In November 2017, a story published by Empire News resurfaced on social media with the false report that the world’s most-pierced person had died in exactly such circumstances at LAX airport. You can read it below.
In one of the most bizarre deaths, the Guinness Book of World Record’s [sic] ‘most pierced person,’ Gerard M. Rogers, was killed as he attempted to go through a metal detector in Los Angeles’ LAX airport. According to reports, Rogers’ face was completely ripped from his body as soon as he entered the machine.
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Snopes as they noted many inaccuracies with its content. The only record to be found of a “Gerard M. Rogers” was in different versions of the fake story originally published by Empire News.
Contrary to the fake news, the world’s most-pierced person is a woman and not a man. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Brazilian Elaine Davidson was recorded as having 462 piercings on her body in May 2000. The most-pierced man is German Rolf Buccholz has held that distinction since 2010, and has 453 body piercings.
Additionally, Snopes noted that LAX airport does not have a spokesperson named “Joey Goldsmith.” Finally, and most importantly, airport metal detectors do not attract certain metal objects like a magnet, but rather they simply detect them.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
— fleeqstudios (@fleeqstudios) December 25, 2015
— helena sweet (@samsongermo21) December 18, 2015
— juli na (@emaimafidon) December 18, 2015
— Ambreta kobena (@Ambretakobena) December 18, 2015
If this were in a non-airport settings, then the above story could happen to an individual heavily pierced and going through an MRI scan. People with piercings are encouraged to disclose them to doctors and technicians before undergoing an MRI scan.
If you are concerned about body piercings going through a metal detector, take note that most body jewelry is made of a type of metal that does not even set off metal detectors.
Empire News has a history of publishing fabricated stories and describes itself as being “intended for entertainment purposes Go to the full article.
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