“A Star is Born” and Marvel’s “Venom” both hit theaters on Friday after much hype and anticipation but Lady Gaga fans have weaponized social media to make sure one film is the weekend’s top earner.
As the release date draws near, negative reviews of “Venom” began to pop up. However, some of these reviews appeared to be copied and pasted to multiple bot accounts. Other reviews trash “Venom” and offer the alternative of seeing “A Star is Born” instead.
I saw #Venom last night and had to leave halfway through, my children wouldn’t stop crying at how bad it was. Luckily a second pre screening of #AStarIsBorn was about to start, and now we are all crying, tears of amazement. Please pray for my eldest he is still in a coma.
— Anne Harrison (@AnneHarrisonMom) October 2, 2018
— Atomic (@AtomicSpidey) October 2, 2018
Beware of fake #Venom movie reviews. There are people trying to promote Lady Gaga’s #AStarIsBorn and are fabricating negative reviews. Look out for bots and only trust proper and regular reviewers. pic.twitter.com/v9xznuN5R7
— Marvel Mania™ (@marvel_maniac_) October 2, 2018
A Lady Gaga fan spilled to BuzzFeed that the negative reviews were organized by Little Monsters.
“It’s us Gaga fans creating fake IDs to trash the Venom premiere,” a fan told BuzzFeed. “They both are getting released on the same day, so we want more audience for A Star Is Born.”
Despite the battle, both films appear to be doing well in different respects. “Venom” only holds a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes but is expected to break the October box office record. “A Star is Born” may not draw in as many numbers but the film and its stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have already received critical acclaim buzz.