Yesterday, Instagram obscured a video from the superstar’s account for touting a conspiracy theory that claims a cure for the coronavirus has “been found and proven and has been available for months.”
“They would rather let fear control the people and let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer,” the caption read for the 61-year-old pop icon’s 15 million followers.
The censored clip features Dr. Stella Immanuel, a primary-care physician based in Houston, Texas, and major figure in the so-called “America’s Frontline Doctors” video, which has already been removed from major social-media platforms, including Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. In the now-viral video, Dr. Immanuel claimed to have treated 350 coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine.
The video on Madge’s account — in which she declared Dr. Immanuel her “hero” — soon appeared blurred and re-captioned as “False Information,” alongside a link that lead to another page on the platform, which clarifies the claims.
British singer Annie Lennox, 65, commented, “This is utter madness!!! I can’t believe that you are endorsing this dangerous quackery. Hopefully your site has been hacked and you’re just about to explain it.”
Madonna, who said she tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, has since deleted the post altogether — a perhaps surprising move following speculation among insiders that she is “selling out to keep getting attention [on Instagram] and she doesn’t know how weird she’s coming off.”
Since the COVID-19 outbreak took hold globally, the legendary artist has been keeping fans updated through her “Quarantine Diaries.” In one scene, the “Like a Prayer” singer is soaking in a petal-filled bathtub. She tells the camera: “What’s terrible about it is that it’s made us all equal in many ways, and what’s wonderful about is, is that it’s made us all equal in many ways.”
Reps for Madonna did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
The censored post comes after Twitter temporarily suspended Donald Trump Jr. for sharing a clip of Dr. Immanuel discussing the anti-malarial drug.
“This virus has a cure: It’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax,” says Immanuel in the footage. “You don’t need masks. There is a cure.”