[COMMENTARY] Celebrities Team Up to Debunk COVID-19 Conspiracies

John Oliver dedicated an entire segment of his popular weekly HBO series “Last Week Tonight” on July 19th to debunking conspiracy theories, and specifically those concerning the Coronavirus. Now other celebrities are taking up the cause as well.

Oliver explains the essence of conspiracy theory, which is “Big things MUST come from other big things.” He cites the panic around the coronavirus as a shining example of how misinformation can create unnecessary fear. When such extreme stories get enough steam behind them you have people like General Michael Flynn claiming loyalty to QAnon, which started as a joke on Reddit.

What’s not funny, however, is the continued campaign from the right to discredit Dr. Fauci while pushing fake cures like Hydroxychloroquine. Jennifer Aniston recently shared a photo of a friend only identified as “Kevin” on her Instagram, begging her followers to take the coronavirus seriously.

“This is our friend Kevin.” Aniston’s post begins. “Perfectly healthy, not one underlying health issue. This is Covid. This is real. We can’t be so naive to think we can outrun this…if we want this to end, and we do, right? The one step we can take is PLEASE #wearadamnmask.” ⠀

For his part, John Oliver has created a website to reach the naysayers who have only listened to the misguidance from the White House, The True True Truth.  Oliver enlisted popular celebrities Catherine O’Hara, Billy Porter, John Cena, Alex Trebek, and Paul Rudd; each recorded a 90 second video explaining why the coronavirus is real and how people can protect themselves and others. Oliver’s goal is to help people foster conversation about the facts regarding COVID19 with anyone in their lives who might still be in denial.


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