Multiple scandals rocked the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Some of them continue to unfold almost a year after election day. One scandal in particular continues to dog Hillary Clinton and tons of her celebrity supporters, even though it’s been debunked in every possible way.
Pizzagate was a conspiracy theory that arose during the campaign. It claims that Hillary and high-level members of her team were running a child sex trafficking ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza shop basement. While Comet Ping Pong pizza in D.C. didn’t even have a basement, that didn’t stop a lone vigilante from driving across state lines to shoot up the place.
The central contention of Pizzagate conspiracy theorists is that the Democratic Party has worked alongside Hollywood elites to create a covert and underground network of child sex parties. And fake news sites are still trying to advance that theory, with the help of some fabricated celebrity quotes.
In just the last week, both Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have been the subjects of fake news articles quoting them about the pedophiles controlling the music industry. In two articles on two different sites, each was quoted “revealing” the “truth” about the fictional scandal.
“I didn’t want to do this. I really didn’t. They said this kid was drugged, it was horrible,” Justin allegedly said when told to sexually abuse a child during a “Purpose World Tour” afterparty. “I wouldn’t just be a performer, I’d be a mogul. That path would open up for me, like it did for Jay-Z.”
“To join the club I’d have to do bad things to this poor kid,” Justin allegedly continued, speaking to a congregation at a church event. “But then I realized that even that wasn’t enough for them. I’d also have to kill this little child.”
Justin reportedly told the churchgoers that the child abuse was an initiation to “join the club” on the business side of the music industry. That story was reported by YourNewsWire, a site with a history of fake news.
Another famously fake site ran a similar story the next day. In a piece from NeonNettle, Katy Perry was quoted speaking at length about the same subject.
“I can’t live this life any longer. They’re all pedophiles. What they do to these children is sick,” Katy allegedly told a group of close friends. “And they’re every where you go. It’s like they’re not even trying to hide it. They flaunt it like it’s a badge of honor. The producers, the executives, the big names–they’re all in on it.”
Neither Katy nor Justin consted the claims, but there’s so much fake news to keep up with these days. Luckily, the Internet’s leading myth-busters at Snopes.com took the case. The site lays out the case for why the quotes sound half-true but are totally false.
(Photo credits: Justin Bieber and Katy Perry Instagram accounts)