Amy Schumer’s trucker doppelgänger: the bizarre story that even confused the actress herself
Comedian and actress Amy Schumer found herself all the rage on Twitter this week when a photo of a look-alike ostensibly winning an award at a truck stop went viral.
However, it didn’t take long for various elements of the story to be debunked by Snopes.
The story began with a Celina 52 Truck Stop Facebook post, showing a photo of a woman who strikingly resembled Schumer picking up a Monster Energy brand mini fridge from a truck stop.
The caption read: “Who said only men drive trucks ?? Big Rig driver Amelia stopped by this morning to redeem her Cranking The Hog reward points for this brand new mini fridge valued at over $ 500 due to the Monster Energy brand. Thank you for continuing to let us serve you! ”
The photo quickly went viral on Facebook and Twitter, as users noted not only the similarities between Amelia and Schumer, but also other unusual elements in the photo, such as a sign that read: “STOP Pooping in our parking lot” and the teardrop tattoo below Amélie’s left eye.
The tattoo is widely known as popular among convicts to signify that they have committed murder – although it may have other meanings – but a subsequent Facebook comment on Celina 52 Truck Stop said, “Amelia wanted us to point out that her teardrop tattoo isn’t because she killed someone.
“She accidentally killed a pedestrian once after falling asleep while driving and got a tattoo to honor their memory.”
The photo and the follow-up comment made such a stir online that it wasn’t long before Schumer herself was alerted to the story, and she tweeted: “Wait, what’s going on- he at a truck stop? -me “with a teardrop emoji face.
However, the fact-checking website Snopes questioned the veracity of the original story and suggested that the photograph may well have been tampered with.
They point out that Celina’s 52 Truck Stop Facebook page is listed as a “satire / parody” page, and that earlier this year the same page posted a forged photo of NHL player Phil Kessel. It was accompanied by the claim that Kessel, like Amelia, was a regular truck driver who had won an award at their truck stop.
Kessel’s t-shirt had been digitally altered to carry the slogan ‘Harry Potter Hates Ohio’, raising questions whether a similar technique had been used to alter Amelia’s t-shirt to say ‘Truckin NF * ** in ”.