On August 12 2020 a screenshot was shared to Facebook, purporting to show a genuine Twitter thread in which Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers wondered aloud whether it was “weird” to “sing about sexy ladies” with your brothers:
The thread, or what appeared to be a thread, began:
Okay guys, there’s something that’s been really bothering me lately and I just gotta ask… is it weird that my job is literally just singing about sexy ladies with my brothers??
Like instead of going to an office or like doing construction, I spend all day writing songs about what I want hot girls to do to me. And I sing those songs with my two older brothers.
Imagine if you were hanging out with your family and you were just like, “Hey dad, I love to have sex with women,” and your dad was like “Hell yeah, let’s all sing a song about my son getting laid.” You’d thing that was weird, right? | I asked Kevin and Joe how they feel about it and they just shrugged…NOT REASSURING!!
The thread appeared to continue:
Is this incest? I mean I know it’s not INCEST … but idk…if incest is a spectrum, is “getting paid to dance with your brothers to songs about touching sexy girls that you wrote with your brothers” on it? idk…
Have you guys ever thought this about @KingsOfLeon? Do you ever wish you were signing “Sex On Fire” with your friends instead of your family??
I don’t know man, I just don’t know. Lots of bands do it I guess. Oasis, Haim, etc
On second thought Haim is sisters. Maybe that makes it okay. Not sure…
Me & my bros had the one song about the time machine but basically all the other ones are about pretty girls… should they have all been about time machines? Maybe from here on out all our songs will be about something that’s normal to discuss with siblins… Cars, yardwork, mom and dad, etc
It concluded with two tweets:
Honestly don’t know what I would do all day if I weren’t singing about sex with my brothers. Do not have resume. I’m not on LinkedIn. Basically no marketable skills except “singing about getting laid with my immediate family.” Ugh…
Whatever. At the end of the day I guess some jobs are just weird and this just happens to be mine. Been doing this since I was like 10 so why stop now I suppose…
More than 13,000 people shared the thread in a 24 hour span, thousands more tagging friends in the comments. No contextual information accompanied the purported Nick Jonas tweets, likely exacerbating its spread.
However, the source was very recent and very easy to find. Jonas did not tweet the remarks (his Twitter account’s absence of any of the tweets was our first big clue), but on August 12 2020, ClickHole published “Career Crisis: Nick Jonas Is Tweeting About Whether Or Not It’s Weird That His Job Is Singing About Sexy Ladies With His Brothers,” which began:
If you’re a Jonas Brothers fan, you’ll want to keep reading, because the youngest member of the group is having a public meltdown that might affect the future of his career: Nick Jonas is tweeting about whether or not it’s weird that his job is singing about sexy ladies with his brothers.
Wow. Nick is definitely working through something here.
Commenters on the article said things like “p sure it’s fake,” and alluded to Jonas having deleted the tweets and learning of them only on Facebook:
The tweets have since been removed, no one has said a word about this anywhere although I’ve seen lots of posts on facebook showing the string of apparent self crisis.
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The series of purported Nick Jonas tweets musing about whether “singing about sexy ladies” with his brothers was “incest” was a common issue with online satire — elements (like the fabricated screenshots) quickly became decoupled from their source, and spread without context. The tweets were created as a joke, and clearly not by Nick Jonas.