Fact Check: Members Of Crip Gang Did NOT Volunteer To Fight Wildfires Because The Sky Is Red

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Members Of Crip Gang Did NOT Volunteer To Fight Wildfires Because The Sky Is Red A Joke

Did Crip gang members volunteer to fight wildfires because they turn the sky red? No, that's not true: The claim was apparently intended as a joke at a time when serious wildfires were devastating millions of acres, forcing massive evacuations and killing people in western states. It used elements from a real CNN story about Russia to make a meme that appeared to be a CNN article.

The claim appeared in a meme in a post (archived here) shared on Instagram on September 11, 2020 under the title "Heartwarming: Members of Crip gang volunteer to fight wildfires because the sky is red". It opened:

These crip gang members suit up to help fight wildfires. Due to their ogoing feud with the bloods, they despise all things red; ater the sky in their area turned red, they put the guns and picked up the hoses.

This is what the post looked like at the time of writing:

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The meme, apparently was taken from the iFunny meme site, was created used the byline section from a real CNN story:

The joke was apparently playing on the longstanding gang feud between the Crips -- whose color is red -- and the Bloods -- who wear blue.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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