KJ Apa called out for sharing "dangerous" coronavirus conspiracy video
29 July 2020, 11:42
KJ Apa posted a Donald Trump endorsed video on his Instagram stories telling his 18 million followers not to wear masks.
KJ Apa is coming under fire for sharing a wildly inaccurate video dismissing the seriousness of coronavirus on social media.
Yesterday (Jul 29), far-right news organisation Breitbart posted a video in which doctors make a series of false claims about coronavirus. Dr Stella Emmanuel says: "The virus has a cure, it's called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax. You don't need masks. There is a cure. I know they don't want to open schools. No, you don't need people to be locked down."
The video quickly went viral with many people, including Donald Trump and Madonna, sharing it. Now, KJ is facing backlash for posting it on his page and asking his 18 million followers to share it with everyone they know too.
In a now-deleted Instagram story, KJ shared the video from singer Marcus Rogers' Instagram page. In his post, Marcus said: "President Trump was right the whole time about hydroxychloroquine." Marcus then continues to claim: "All the people and media who mocked Trump for pushing hydroxychloroquine should feel guilty. Lives could have been saved."
KJ posted the video on his stories with the caption: "WAKE UP AMERICA! WATCH AND SHARE PLEASE!" The video, along with Marcus and KJ's posts have since been deleted from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. In a statement, Twitter said: "Tweets with the video are in violation of our Covid-19 misinformation policy. We are taking action in line with our policy here."
The World Health Organisation officially dismisses hydroxychloroquine. They say: "While several drug trials are ongoing, there is currently no proof that hydroxychloroquine or any other drug can cure or prevent COVID-19. The misuse of hydroxychloroquine can cause serious side effects and illness and even lead to death."
Given how dangerous the video is, people are criticising KJ for sharing it with his followers. One person tweeted: "kj apa, who has a ton of teenage fans, posted that breitbart doctor video on his ig stories... what a fucking idiot." Another added: "so ur telling me kj apa is a trump supporter... yeah he’s dead to me."
kj apa, who has a ton of teenage fans, posted that breitbart doctor video on his ig stories... what a fucking idiot 🤦🏻♀️— petty labelle (@utley) July 28, 2020
kj apa should stick to trying to remember to shower every week bc he’s clearly not informed enough to talk about important topics to his 18m impressionable followers pic.twitter.com/ekXGsGaUeA— sheena (@sheenar1382) July 28, 2020
Holy Fuck. Just when I didnt think KJ Apa could be more of a piece of human trash, he now posted a tRump medical misinformation video on his IG stories.— Canadagraphs (@canadagraphs) July 28, 2020
Always been a loser, but thats a new low... and he once tried punching out another actor because he thought he was a fan.
so ur telling me kj apa is a trump supporter... yeah he’s dead to me pic.twitter.com/HI8wcaHAwn— chloe (@aechanting) July 28, 2020
kj apa is a trumpie... i’m surprised and unsurprised at the same time 👁 pic.twitter.com/1e55ZXU1Zy— 🍂 (@irisckp) July 28, 2020
As it stands, KJ is yet to respond to the backlash. We shall update you if he does.