Madonna has been censored by Instagram after sharing a video about vaccine for the coronavirus, which was labelled ‘misleading information’ by the platform.
As more and more conspiracy theories rear their head amid the global coronavirus pandemic, more than one famous face has found themselves drawn in, then shut down after sharing the so-called ‘information’ online.
Madonna is the latest to join those ranks, sharing a bizarre video which claimed among other things that a COVID-19 vaccine had already been developed and is intentionally being withheld from the public.
In the video the star did not specify exactly why she believed vaccine was being withheld, simply saying it was a bid to let ‘let fear control the people’ and that it was designed to make the rich richer.
“Especially the people in power who stand to make money from this long, drawn-out search for a vaccine which has been found and proven and has been available for months,” she captioned the post.
“They would rather let fear control the people and let the rich get richer and the poor and sick get sicker.”
The star did not have any proof of a vaccine existing
“The truth will all set us free, but some people don’t want to hear the truth,” the star said in the video’s caption which has since been deleted entirely.
The video was of a speech by Dr Stella Immanuel, a doctor from Texas who claims to have treated 350 coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine.
The efficacy of hydroxychloroquine against the virus has been debunked by the World Health Organisation, America’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and warned against by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Madonna’s claims were slammed by several high-profile followers including pop star Annie Lennox who denounced the claims as ‘quackery’.
“This is utter madness!!!” the Eurythmics star wrote. “I can’t believe that you are endorsing this dangerous quackery.”
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Aussie stars have also been called out for spruiking similarly unsubstantiated theories around the still-developing global situation.
A string of reality TV personalities from Married at First Sight have repeatedly come under fire for denying the very existence of the disease against a wall of evidence and even linking it to the 5G rollout.
Ivan Sarakula kicked off the conspiracies with some controversial comments about coronavirus, branding it ‘rubbish’ back in March.
More recently Hayley Vernon found herself similarly censored she shared a highly controversial message about coronavirus safety measures in Melbourne that flies directly in the face of advice from Victoria Health and the premier Daniel Andrews.
Amanda Micallef, another former bride from the series who has shared a number of ‘alternative’ theories, came forward saying she had received death threats after writing "I'd rather shoot myself in the face than wear a mask” on Instagram.