QAnon is known for rumors and conspiracy theories that aren't overly bothered with details like reality or even plausibility.
But their devoted followers aren't overly bothered by common sense or deductive reasoning, so....
QAnon's latest lie about Oprah and sex trafficking is just further proof of that.
For those of you not in the know about this online trolling party, we'll give you a little bit of backstory.
The rumor is that someone who goes by "Q" is a high-ranking government official who anonymously (Get it? QAnon) posts top-secret knowledge on social media sites like the dumpster fire that is the message board 4chan.
This top-secret government intel just so happens to be almost entirely and feverishly pro-Trump, racist, misogynist, homophobic and transphobic—or 4chans claim to fame. From there it oozes onto Twitter, Reddit and other platforms.
Q's posts are popular among the conspiracy theory loving far-right segment of the MAGA crowd.
So what kind of intel are we talking?
Well, apparently Trump is a warrior for freedom and goodness who is single-handedly taking on a ring of pedophiles that secretly run the world. Kennedy tried to expose them and that's why he was killed.
All presidents since Reagan have worked for them up until Trump, who was hand-selected by top military because they knew only HE could stop the secret pedophiles and their dastardly ways. Every piece of negative news you hear about Trump comes directly from this pedophile cabal and is an attempt to smear him, for he is the righteous bringer of truth.
Or something like that.
You may often see WWG1WGA posted by QAnon believers. It stands for "Where we go one, we go all"—a quote QAnon believers hold close to their hearts and attribute to JFK.
It's actually from a Jeff Bridges movie, though... sooo ...
The rumors tend to target celebs who criticize Trump. Or are female. Or have skin darker than a pumpkin spice latte.
In May of last year Tom Hanks was accused of being a pedophile and hitman who had murdered another actor—in reality the actor had committed suicide. They have accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of being Hitler's granddaughter put in place to continue his work.
And now, well, it's Oprah's turn we guess.
Over the past weekend, Q posted that the COVID-19 virus wasn't the global pandemic we are all being "lead to believe" it is. Instead, it is a "covert U.S. intelligence operation" designed to cover up the arrests of celebrities and politicians involved in a massive pedophilia and sex trafficking group.
One of the celebs named was Oprah Winfrey.
The theory pointed to the fact that she wasn't active in public—because COVID-19—as their only "proof" she had been raided and arrested for sex trafficking that probably involved young children. That claim got her name trending on Twitter.
Imagine her surprise when her staffers explained to her why she was trending.
So, being a woman who made her fortune by talking to people, Ms. Winfrey had zero problems or hesitations when it came to speaking up and shutting those rumors down.
She defended herself from the rumors by posting on Twitter.
Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t… https://t.co/Tue3Nlq8wQ— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah Winfrey)1584509997.0
The post, which went up at nearly 2 AM, served to prove that she is absolutely not locked up in Guantanamo Bay (where QAnon believers claim this evil syndicate will be placed) or any other prison.
Twitter collectively rolled it's eyes at the ridiculousness of it all.
We live in such bizarre times that Oprah just had to post a tweet at two in the morning to prove she hasn’t been ar… https://t.co/rp9JBKto7l— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report)1584512648.0
@Oprah this poor woman. y’all are crazy— gabb 🌟 (@gabb 🌟)1584510016.0
@Oprah Go on back to bed, the internet is just bored & delusional. But since you’re up, CashApp me Queen. $MrJero… https://t.co/yoOBpgGimW— Jerome Trammel (@Jerome Trammel)1584513272.0
@ava @JamilahLemieux This is what I hate about social media. We finally have a voice that can be heard at the same… https://t.co/epmA1N1bgM— A_NYC_GAL🇭🇹 (@A_NYC_GAL🇭🇹)1584541597.0
@Oprah 2020 a movie bro— Tuxy's DFS help (@Tuxy's DFS help)1584510010.0
Well, most of Twitter anyway.
There were a shocking number of people who believe the rumors hold some merit.
@Oprah 99% of your past tweets are sent via IPhone, so why is this one sent from the website? Not saying there is… https://t.co/8TurHFuBPG— Michael Coudrey (@Michael Coudrey)1584520380.0
@Oprah Oprah realizing everyone believes her and she gets to keep trafficking https://t.co/mlRSj4GzZ2— zentol (@zentol)1584516888.0
@moondoggsikes80 @Oprah The arrest could be now, could be next year. But....it is absolutely INEVITABLE.— J9979867291 (@J9979867291)1584571946.0
We're sure she'll be fine.
She's Oprah, after all.
Still—it's a scary and sobering thought that millions of people can believe you've been arrested for sex trafficking all because of one post on a message board in the underbelly of the internet that is mostly read by people who think Trump is some vigilante-style global savior of man.