#Pizzagate: Justin Bieber revives conspiracy theory with new videoclip

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#Yummy, Justin Bieber’s new promotional video, has brought new life into the #Pizzagate conspiracy theory by trending in social media, where the video is considered an accusation against a Hollywood pedophile network.

Pizza is #Yummy

Bieber’s video is full of tiny details that the singer himself added, including his clothing, as he looks like a sweet pink ice cream cone with a necklace of candy that melts in your mouth.

In the video, four children play symphonic instruments for an audience of presumed millionaires, apparently representing people linked to the music industry. Bieber has previously spoken about the way the music industry is full of pedophiles.

The video represents the singer’s comeback into the music scene and straight into the mouths of everyone, since not only his fans helped revive the conspiracy theory about a pedophile network, but because the promotional campaign was itself very unusual: Bieber posted a number of photos to his social media with nothing but the #Yummy hashtag.

Because of this, many are looking at Katy Perry‘s Bon Appétit video with different eyes. Though it doesn’t seem to claim the existence of a pedophile network, fans can’t stop comparing it with Bieber’s video because both include a bizarre buffet in which the artist is the main course.

Back in 2017, Perry launched her Last Friday Night video in which she took on the role of a teenager after a party that went out of control, portraying herself as a vulnerable person found in the midst of the crazy world of frat parties.

Consider the fact that, in Pizzagate, the allegedly most powerful pedophile networks in the entire world – using minors for all manner of sexual purposes – food items are used as code:

  • Hotdogs/ children
  • Pizza/ girls
  • Ice cream/ male sex workers

What is Pizzagate? How and when did it appear?

Pizzagate is a conspiracy theory about an alleged pedophile network that popped up in the U.S. during the 2016 presidential elections. A number of organizations proved it was false, including the Columbia Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, where it all began.

The information was spread through social media, placing the Comet Ping Pong pizza chain as the center of the supposed scandal, and claimed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was involved.

The accusations led to Edgar Maddison Welch to walk into one of the pizza chain’s restaurants shooting a gun, with the supposed purpose of saving children from a network of slavery. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt.  Afterwards, the authorities dismissed the existance of the alleged network and that John Podesta, ex-president of Clinton’s presidential campaign had children working as sex slaves in the restaurant.

However, in the last few years, Comet employees have reported a number of smaller attacks and constant online harassment. The restaurant chain was never under police investigation and the absence of evidence only increased the conspiracy theory.

For Michael Barkun, author of the A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America, Pizzagate refers to “pizza” and “cheese” as keywords found in Podesta’s e-mails, made public via WikiLeaks. It also talks about the links that James Alefantis, owner of the Comet, has with Democratic donors, which also tinted the case as politically-oriented fake news.

James Broderick, English professor at the New Jersey City University and co-author of Web of Conspiracy: A Guide to Conspiracy Theory Sites on the Internet, also claims that conspiracy theories can help Conspiracy Theorist assimilate terrible news, such as abuse cases including the catholic church, for example.