Every single time a horrific event happens, there are a gaggle of people who instantly roll out a bunch of conspiracy theories.
I don’t know if they circle overhead like vultures waiting for the opportunity to suck all reason and oxygen out of the room or what.
But it’s become a ghoulish cottage industry that I wish would go the way of Blockbuster.
And as much as I’ve tried to simply ignore these conspiracy theories floating around over the Parkland shooting, I guess I just can’t anymore.
Take for example this claim that Wesley Crusher is actually a twenty-something-year-old “crisis actor” who graduated from high school in California three years ago.
In the interest of full disclosure, whenever I see that tweeted out or in Facebook comments, I pretty much end up in a Homer face-palm position.
All of these conspiracy theories assume one thing that is virtually impossible.
And that’s this: that every single solitary person involved in this tragedy is in on the conspiracy and willing to deceive the world.
Meanwhile, intrepid internet trolls who fancy themselves Fox Mulder are the only ones brave enough to reveal the truth.
It defies common sense.
There are over three thousand people who either attend or work at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Do you really mean to tell me that every single one of them is staying silent over the fact that Wesley Crusher is not really a student there?
Generally why frauds get exposed is that somebody spills the beans – either intentionally or accidentally.
And we’re talking about over three thousand people all of whom are playing their part without a single hiccup?
It’s been two weeks. And Wesley the Attention Hogg has been on countless television programs.
Yet you want me to believe that not one member of the Stoneman Douglas High School community is willing to say, “Hang on a second. He doesn’t even go here!”
I’m sorry. But that is improbable.
I know what you’re going to say: “But Dianny, I saw a picture of a yearbook page on Twitter that had his graduation photo in it! And it was from CALIFORNIA!”
Okay. You know what I saw on Twitter a lot back in the fall of 2016?
A screen capture purportedly from the Wikileaks Podesta emails where John Podesta complains that Hillary Clinton smells like boiled cabbage.
People sent that screen capture all over Twitter, Facebook, Reddit – you name it.
It was created by a parody website called World News Bureau — Scooter van Neuter, editor-in-chief.
And then there was this image that went viral on social media. People wanted you to believe that this banner actually said these words.
Remember this one?
Snopes had to debunk it and everything.
But I didn’t need Snopes to do that. I knew it was a fake.
But that’s mostly because I created the image back when I was a contributor at AllTheRightSnark.org.
Now, this might come as a shock to you. But people on social media aren’t always on the up-and-up.
I know that’s hard to believe.
And it’s probably even more difficult to accept that just because you see it on social media doesn’t make it true.
If Wesley Crusher – or any of these other attention-starved teens – weren’t really students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, somebody from the school would have called them out by now.
We don’t live in the Matrix, you guys.
And these internet conspiracy theorists aren’t Neo trying to show us we’re living in a fraud.
Nor are they Mulder and Scully ferreting out the truth.
Instead, they’re muckrakers who revel in creating suspicion and distrust while turning every tragedy into a circus. Plus, retweets mean the world to them.
There is more than enough about the happenings in Broward County to outrage everyone. We don’t need to be peddling nonsensical conspiracy theories that can’t even hold together when common sense is applied.
And when it comes to Wesley Crusher? There’s really no need to use these conspiracy theories to discredit him.
The truth is, in his own lust for celebrity, the #AttentionHogg is doing a stellar job discrediting himself.
UPDATE: Side Note:
Some of you have been asking why I refer to the #AttentionHogg as Wesley Crusher and not by his real name. Well, let me explain.
Given the fact that this kid is intoxicated by all the media attention he has received, I’m guessing in addition to a booking agent, he also set up a Google alert to let him know each time his name appears.
I don’t want to feed into his already over-weaning ego by mentioning him by his given name. So I have chosen instead to call him Wesley Crusher … as in:
It’s the same reason I blurred the face of the Parkland mass murderer. I refuse to give more attention to a child who obsessively desires media notoriety.
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