Madonna has reportedly been censored by Instagram after a post appeared on the singer’s Instagram account supporting a coronavirus conspiracy theory.
The Like A Virgin singer is said to have posted a video featuring doctors supporting the false claim that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine can ‘cure’ Covid-19.
It’s reportedly the same video which was reposted by President Donald Trump on Twitter before being removed by the platform.
In screenshots of Madonna’s deleted post, the pop star called controversial doctor Stella Immanuel her ‘hero’ and said ‘some people don’t want to hear the truth’. Immanuel is known to have made shocking statements in the past, such as that endometriosis is caused by ‘sex demons’.
Madonna also claimed the vaccination for Covid-19 has been ‘available for months’ but alleged the powers that be would rather ‘let fear control [the public] and let the rich get richer and the poor and sick get sicker’.
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‘This woman is my hero. Thank you Stella Immanuel,’ the caption read.
However before her followers could view the video, Instagram initially blurred Madonna’s post with a ‘false information warning’. They added it was being ‘reviewed by independent fact checkers’.
When users clicked ‘See Why’, they were reportedly met with a list of falsehoods presented in the post.
Annie Lennox is said to have commented on the post to criticise Madonna, writing: ‘This is utter madness!!! I can’t believe that you are endorsing this dangerous quackery.
‘Hopefully your site has been hacked and you’re just about to explain it.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Madonna’s reps for comment.
The World Health Organisation has previously stated ‘there is currently no proof’ that hydroxychloroquine ‘cures’ coronavirus and reiterated that misuse of the drug could cause ‘serious side effects and illness and even lead to death’.
On Tuesday, President Trump continued to defend the use of hydroxychloroquine to fight coronavirus after claiming to have used the drug himself for two weeks.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, he said: ‘I can only say that from my standpoint, and based on a lot of reading and a lot of knowledge about it, I think it could have a very positive impact in the early stages.
‘I don’t think you lose anything by doing it, other than politically it doesn’t seem too popular. When I recommend something, they like to say “don’t use it”.’
In May, Madonna claimed to have battled coronavirus and tested positive for antibodies.
‘I’m Grateful that I can be a part of supporting Research to Find the cure for Covid -19!!’ she told her Instagram followers at the time.
‘And just to clear things up for people who would rather believe sensationalist headlines than do their own research about the nature of this virus— I am not currently sick. When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you HAD the virus which I. clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show but at the time.’
She added: ‘We all thought we had a very bad flu. Thank God we are all healthy and well now. Hope that clears things up for the band wagon jumpers!! Knowledge is Power!’
So far, more than 45,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK while the global death toll has surpassed 650,000.
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