Seriously Madonna? This is messed up.
Instagram flagged a post on Madonna’s account Tuesday after the pop star reposted the same coronavirus video that was shared by President Trump that prompted Twitter to remove his tweet.
She shared a video and caption about unproven coronavirus conspiracy theories. The video, about a fake cure, echoed the same misinformation as a clip that was taken down from Twitter after President Donald Trump shared it. On Madonna’s post, fact-checkers note that there is not yet a cure for COVID-19 and that hydroxychloroquine is not a cure.
The video that was linked to her account, which is followed by 15 million, was blurred out with a warning that declared the video contained “False Information.”
“The truth will set us all Free! But some people dont want to hear the truth. Especially the people in power who stand to make money from this long drawn out search for a vaccine Which has been proven and has been available for months. They would rather let fear control them and let the rich get richer and the poor and sick get sicker. This woman is my hero ?? Thank you Stella Immanuel,” Madonna wrote.
The video shows Dr. Stella Immanuel, a primary care physician in Houston, Texas, claiming to have treated 350 coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine. She was speaking with a group called America’s Frontline Doctors outside the US Supreme Court building.
Immanuel reportedly believes that the government is run by lizard people; that alien DNA is, right this very minute, being used for medicinal purposes in humans; that there’s a vaccine in development to inoculate people against religion; and that gynecological issues such as cysts and endometriosis result from sex with witches and demons in dreams. Or, as she calls them, “spirit husbands” and “spirit wives,” whose “evil deposits” can render women infertile.
Popstar Annie Lennox commented on the post: “This is utter madness!!! I can’t believe that you are endorsing this dangerous quackery. Hopefully your site has been hacked and you’re just about to explain it.”
Madonna has since deleted the post.
The Washington Post notes, “There is no known cure for the novel coronavirus or the disease it causes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Multiple studies have disputed claims that antimalarial and antiviral drugs such as hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and chloroquine can help treat or even prevent the coronavirus. Last month, the FDA revoked an emergency approval that allowed doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 patients even though the treatment was untested.”