Courtesy of CNN:
A baseless claim about a child sex-trafficking ring, a Washington, DC pizzeria, and Hillary Clinton has been passed around among conspiracy theorists for more than three years. No evidence has emerged to support any part of the story. But last month, British pop star Robbie Williams used his voice to argue that the claims deserved more attention.
“Yes there was no basement in the particular pizza place, that is not the debunking that I want as a civilian, as a human that is going: ‘Hey, this bit, this bit is really f—king weird,'” he asked in a video clip, which has been viewed on Twitter more than half a million times. Williams’ representatives declined to comment to CNN.
The baseless PizzaGate claim emerged during the 2016 election. Later that same year, a gunman showed up and fired an AR-15 inside the pizzeria, saying he was trying to rescue non-existent child sex slaves.
The claim lies at the heart of QAnon, a wild conspiracy theory that believes politicians, A-list celebrities, and a “deep state” of bureaucrats promote child sex abuse. To QAnon adherents, US President Donald Trump is seen as a savior figure, secretly fighting to bring down this fictitious cabal of pedophiles.
Now a report by internet trust tool NewsGuard has found that the coronavirus pandemic is helping this distinctly US ideology gain a foothold in Europe.
In the report, NewsGuard notes an increase in QAnon social media groups and pages in April, as lockdowns sparked by the new virus left millions of people virtually confined to their homes.
Coronavirus conspiracies surged alongside the rise in infections.
The hoax theory that global elites were using 5G cellular networks to spread the virus gained traction around the world. Celebrities including actor Woody Harrelson and singer M.I.A. shared it, and British mobile network operators linked the conspiracy to a string of attacks on UK cellphone towers.
Such claims acted as a “gateway drug” to QAnon, providing Europeans with the “perfect way into” the online cult, Chine Labbe, NewsGuard’s Europe Managing Editor, told CNN.
So wait, being on lockdown during a global pandemic makes people stupid?
I mean I almost do not know what to say about this.
I think most of us have heard a conspiracy theory or two that seemed plausible that we might have paid some attention to for a while. At least until it was clearly proven to be bullshit.
But the idea that Democrats are running some secret Satanic pedophile ring is just so fucking ridiculous that it should gain no foothold in the minds of rational people.
And the fact that so many people are compelled to believe in this kind of explains the presidency of Donald Trump and Brexit at the same time.
In short, people are fucking morons.