Madonna is facing the music after sharing a widely discredited video touting hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19.
Dr. Stella Immanuel claims to have treated 350 coronavirus patients using the anti-malaria drug. In the video, which has repeatedly been removed from Facebook and Twitter for misinformation, she scoffs at the idea of proper double blind studies to test the drug, calls doctors who disagree with her “fake,” and insists Americans don’t need masks.
Madonna jumped into the fray not long after, posting the video to her Instagram alongside a caption claiming “some people don’t want to hear the truth.”
The singer insinuated that people in power are blocking the “truth” that hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19 because they stand to benefit financially from an eventual vaccine.
“They would rather let fear control them and let the rich get richer and the poor and sick get sicker,” wrote the multi-millionaire. “This woman is my hero. Thank you Stella Immanuel.”
The thing about Immanuel is that she has a long history of spouting absolutely insane nonsense, both related to medicine and not.
She believes alien DNA is secretly being used throughout modern medicine, that gynecological issues often stem from having dream sex with demons, that scientists are cooking up a vaccine that will prevent people from being religious, and that the government is actually run by a race of reptilian creatures.
This information was immediately made widespread after the video went viral earlier this week, so it isn’t like some secret dirt dug up about Immanuel that Madonna couldn’t have known about.
The popstar was dragged by fans after sharing the video — both for calling someone with such wild conspiracy theories her “hero” and, more urgently, for sharing potentially dangerous misinformation about treating COVID-19.
Instagram reportedly first hid, and ultimately deleted Madonna’s post.