Claim: A video shows the Muslim world’s reaction to President Obama’s claim that climate change is threatening America.
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.
While the description for the above-displayed video did not specifically state that the foreign language portion of the video was incorrectly subtitled for humorous effect, the description did mention “Poe’s Law“:
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 above-displayed video and thought that it actually showed the “Muslim world’s reaction” to Obama’s claim that climate change is 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