Instagram has deleted a post by Madonna in which the pop star shared a deranged coronavirus conspiracy theory with her 15 million followers.
The singer posted a video to Instagram that was shared earlier in the day by President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., on Twitter that featured a quack physician, Dr. Stella Immanuel, who claims hydroxychloroquine is a “cure” for COVID-19 and that infertility is caused by having sex with demons in your sleep.
Madonna captioned the video with claims that a vaccine for Covid-19 has “been found and proven and has been available for months”.
In the post, she claimed, “The truth will set us all Free! But some people don’t 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 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.”
The video shows Dr. 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.
Instagram initially blurred the video and captioned it: “False Information.” It provided users with a link to a page debunking the claims and clarifying that there is currently no coronavirus vaccine. It also limited the spread of the video on its platform.
Hours later, it deleted the post “for making false claims about cures and prevention methods for Covid-19,” said Raki Wane, a spokesperson for the social media platform.
“People who reacted to, commented on, or shared this video, will see messages directing them to authoritative information about the virus.”
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.”
Donald Trump Jr was banned from tweeting for 12 hours after posting the clip later shared by Madonna. Facebook and Twitter have previously removed it, citing it as misinformation.
In the video, Immanuel also claims that wearing face masks are not necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Immanuel has previously said that cysts and gynecological issues are caused by “demon seed” and that demons steal men’s sperm to reproduce. She also believes the Illuminati has manufactured vaccines using alien DNA and that Magic 8-Ball toys accurately foretell the future.
In March, Madonna described coronavirus as “the great equalizer.” From a petal-filled bath, she said: “What’s terrible about it is that it’s made us all equal in many ways, and what’s wonderful about is, is that it’s made us all equal in many ways.” After testing positive, she was seen hosting gatherings at her home and wrote that she would take a drive to “breathe in the COVID-19 air.”
Madonna posted the video of Dr. Stella Immanuel, the physician who falsely stated that hydroxychloroquine is a cure for Covid-19 and that masks don’t help to reduce transmission
In her caption, Madonna says the so-called “Demon Sperm” Doctor is her hero
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