Just when one begins to think the internet can not get any crazier, an Instagram video shared by veteran actor, Will Smith, has recently gone viral. The video shows the actor’s face, merged with Cardi B’s body, and interestingly, both celebrities think it is hilarious.
The deepfake video was first uploaded by Youtube user, Myster Giraffe over the weekend and was fast making waves on several internet platforms, even before the public figures had a glimpse of the video. The audio was clearly of Cardi’s voice.
In the interview, she explained how she came about her stage name, and her experience of getting barred from Instagram over her former Instagram name, Barcardi B. Will Smith captioned the video in a way that suggested he was thrilled by the artwork. His caption read:
“Y’all are doin’ too much!! Hahaha… This is so GOOD. Anybody know who did this??”
The proud father of Jaden and Willow Smith attracted over 2 million likes on his post, and over 42 thousand comments, including one from Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, the 26-year-old rap star popularly known as Cardi B.
Apparently, she also shared his curiosity towards the identity of their anonymous “fan.” She commented saying:
“Who did this to us?”
Cardi was also fascinated! In her post, the Grammy award winner had made a joke of the deepfake interview, alleging it was the one time she took biotin.
There was speculation that the now-hilarious video was intended to be a parody, but the reactions of both screen idols to the clip had deflected the intended effect. This has also raised questions about the legality of deepfake creation tools.
A lot of users believe that the availability of such tools to the public should attract some form of licensing. This technology has improved since it was made available in 2017. Since its creation, many have referred to it as a “ticking time bomb.”
But it goes beyond that, deepfakes have been put to good use on several occasions. Some time ago, former football champion, David Beckham, was featured in a video channeled towards malaria sensitization in a campaign to end malaria.
The campaign video was made available in about nine languages for broader outreach, especially to the target audience in sub-Saharan Africa. And guess what, it was all made possible by deepfake technology.
The released in-depth fake video was from a 2017 interview of Cardi by Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”