Nicki Minaj found herself deeply unsettled after coming across a deepfake video featuring her and Tom Holland.
The fabricated clip, which portrayed an interview between the two stars, left Minaj feeling disturbed and wishing to erase the entire internet.
In the manipulated video, Holland expressed his bewilderment, stating, “It was so strange. I had barely exchanged more than a simple greeting with this guy, and now he’s sitting on my sofa.” The interview, of course, was a deepfake production, leaving both Minaj and the audience equally unsettled by its realism.
The video in question was created for a show called Deep Fake Neighbour Wars, originally broadcast on ITVX in the UK and recently resurfaced on the Australian TV channel SBS Viceland. Produced by Tiger Aspect, a division of Banijay UK, the series consisted of six episodes and proudly claimed to be the first long-form narrative show utilizing deepfake technology. It followed the fictional premise of famous celebrities engaging in petty disputes with their neighbors.
A press release from ITV explained that the show utilized cutting-edge AI technology to transform talented impressionists into the world’s most recognizable celebrities. However, in this unique twist, the celebrities portrayed were ordinary individuals caught up in trivial neighborhood conflicts.
In addition to Minaj and Holland, the deepfake series featured other prominent personalities such as Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Idris Elba, and Greta Thunberg. The use of their likenesses in the show exemplified the potential of deepfake technology to create convincing yet entirely fabricated content.
The eerie encounter with the deepfake video left Nicki Minaj disturbed, longing for the eradication of the entire internet. Deepfake technology has raised concerns about the potential for misuse and manipulation, particularly in the realm of celebrity impersonations and fake news dissemination.
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The incident serves as a reminder of the growing sophistication of deepfake technology and its potential impact on public figures and society as a whole. As the boundaries between reality and fabrication become increasingly blurred, the need for vigilance and critical evaluation of online content becomes more imperative.