Nelson Mandela Paris Hilton Twitter Hoax: I Did Not Confuse Him with Martin Luther King

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December 6, 2013 9:16 PM EST

Paris Hilton has hit back at a Twitter hoaxer who made up a tweet pretending she did not know who the late Nelson Mandela was.

Paris Hilton has been the victim of a twitter hoax about the death of Nelson Mandela.

The fake tweet suggested that the 32-year-old star did not know the difference between the anti-apartheid icon and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

"RIP Nelson Mandela. Your 'I Have A Dream' speech was so inspiring. An Amazing man.(sic)" the message allegedly from the socialite's verified account read.

Within minutes the tweet went viral online, with a number of fans mocking her apparent cluelessness.

"Paris Hilton has officially set blonde women back 200 years," one unimpressed user wrote.

The insensitive hoax was initially spread by an account named @DeletedTweets. According to the Hilton's publicist, she was on a plane to Miami when the tweet was sent out.

Once she landed, the hotel heiress paid tribute to Mandela and slammed the trickster behind distasteful joke.

"Just landed & heard the sad new about Nelson Mandela. He was a true Hero & the world is a better place because of him. May he rest in peace," she tweeted.

"Whoever made that stupid fake tweet lacks respect to the loss the world is mourning right now. Same goes for all the blogs who ran with it."

Mandela, South Africa's first black president died at home in Johannesburg, after a long battle with a lung infection.  He was 95.

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