Claim: A video shows how the Muslim world reacted to President Obama's speech about the dangers of climate change.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2015]
There is a Facebook video that claims the muslem world is reacting to the Presidents speech on Climate Change. It shows leaders of the muslem world speaking in a language that is not English and has subtitles of what they are saying. The subtitles have very unflattering remarks about the President.
The description of the video did not note that the foreign language portion of the video was deliberately subtitled incorrectly for humorous effect, although it did reference
Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humour, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.
Unsurprisingly, many people were fooled by the video and believed it actually showed the “Muslim world’s reaction” to President Obama’s statement that climate change poses a serious threat to the United States.
Folks, this a spoof. It was never intended to be taken as a legitimate news report. Obviously two things are at play here. One, I did the job too well. Two, we have come to the stage in the Obama presidency where quite literally anything is possible.
Last updated: 26 May 2015