Does a video shared on social media show authentic news coverage confirming that Disney child stars are genetically engineered humans? No, that's not true: The segment comes from the satirical website The Onion. The video was posted on The Onion in 2008.
Had to bring this one back to the top. Seems like a good time for those who have been waking up slowly to revisit. All your childhood are who you think they are.
The caption continued:
This video is 14 years old and shows how Disney was already creating clones in the Lab. Reality is not what you thought it was.
Why are we exposing our children to this ?
This is what the post looked like on Instagram at the time of writing:
(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Fri Feb 9 14:56:43 2024 UTC)
The video on Instagram showed what looked like a broadcast studio. A woman talking like a news show host said:
This Friday, the newest batch of Disney Channel stars grown in the Disney genetic engineering lab will be unveiled to the public.
A man who appeared to be the show's co-host continued:
Most of our viewers are already familiar with a lot of the products that have come out of it. But how exactly do you create a Hilary Duff or a Miley Cyrus from scratch? Well, we're gonna find out exactly how it's done right now because joining us live from the Disney lab is one of their lead geneticists, Dr. Andrew Roark.
A reverse image search reveals that no major broadcast network ever aired this supposed news segment -- the footage originated from The Onion, a long-running satirical website. As seen in the screenshot below, The Onion posted the footage on September 15, 2008.
(Source: The Onion screenshot taken on Fri Feb 9 14:26:28 2024 UTC)
The First Amendment protects satire as a form of free speech and expression. The Onion uses invented names in all of its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.
In March 2023, the claim that Disney clones its celebrity performers appeared on a website (archived here) that collects conspiracy-related memes. It was published in a section called "Save the Children," an apparent reference to the debunked Pizzagate narrative. Around the same time, it also circulated on BitChute (archived here) and Rumble (archived here), two video sites known for posts that spread conspiracy theories.
Like the post on Instagram, none of these posts disclosed that the footage is satirical and from The Onion.