“Crisis Actor” Clip Trends At #1 On YouTube

Motherboard reports:

It’s a vile conspiracy theory we might expect from the host of Inforwars Alex Jones, but right now it is the number one trending video on YouTube. The conspiracy theory is that some of the students who are speaking out against the lax gun control laws that enabled the mass shooting that killed 17 of their peers at a Parkland, Florida high school last week are not who they say they are. They are “crisis actors,” paid performers funded by familiar boogeymen like George Soros to vilify gun ownership and dismantle the Second Amendment.

The only description on the video is “DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR….” and many of the comments go on to accuse Hogg of being an actor “bought and paid by CNN and George Soros.” Mike m, the YouTube user who uploaded this trending video also uploaded a video titled “David Hogg Can’t Remember His Lines When Interviewed for Florida school shooting.” The description to that video reads: “Ask yourself why is he practicing his lines…??? ???” This user also uploaded videos that cover familiar conspiracy theories like chemtrails and UFOs.

UPDATE: The clip has been removed.

  • Wisterley

    It’s been removed from youtube.

    • Tulle Christensen

      1) Good
      2) Now we get to see all the twitter posts on how the lizard people got it removed bad

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        DERP STATE

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Again with the projecting.

    Listen, Alex, OUR side doesn’t kill people for the photo ops and a high-five.

  • Bambino

    No guns at CPAC but it’s okay to have them in the schools.

    • narutomania

      Exactly. Open carry …

      … at CPAC
      … in both houses of Congress
      … on tours of the White House

      or just shut the fuck up.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, after all, there are good guys with guns in these buildings.
        The fact you still ban people from bringing in theirs suggests you know those good guys might not be enough.

      • Chucktech

        You know, I wonder just exactly why they don’t allow open (or concealed) carry at CPAC or NRA conventions or Congress? Do you suppose that, on some lower primitive brain level, they know goddam well that just maybe the hallowed Second Amendment is not always such a good idea?

        • David Walker

          (Bugs Bunny voice): Mmmmmm…could be.
          (Daffy Duck voice): It’s a possibility.

        • Steverino

          So far, they know where to draw the line to keep their ammosexual circle jerk from becoming a circular firing squad.

        • Todd20036

          They know that most of the people who hoard guns are unstable white men whom the CPACers want nothing to do with.
          But they also know they’ll probably never run into them, and they LOVE cash

  • John T

    This is what happens when approximately one-third of the country is proud to be deplorable.

  • PickyPecker

    Still waiting for my fucking check. SOROOOOOOOS!!

    • Bambino
      • Tulle Christensen

        Wait, PickyPecker is Soros?

        • Bambino

          A slight difference. PP pays in the form of upvote 😛

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Chicken feed.

    • Tulle Christensen

      I still have not got mine from the inauguration protests and that was over a year ago

      • David Walker

        Soros and president shithole…have they ever been seen in the same room at the same time? I ask because I, too, have been stiffed by Soros (local town hall w/senator, other local jobs) and since this is the fucking moron’s MO, I have to wonder about Soros.

  • AstroCat

    There is no low to which these assholes will stoop. Absolutely disgusting. Today’s GOP is anything but “conservative” – they are extreme, soulless monsters.

  • TheManicMechanic


    • AdamTh

      #ConcealedCarryAtCPAC might be better …..

      • Rambie

        Why concealed?! Aren’t they supposed to be proud ammosexuals?

    • ColdCountry

      I’d love to see how comfortable and confident they all are if a bunch of stone-faced, silent people, with no outwardly discernible group allegiance, showed up with AR15s slung over their shoulders. We’ll say white people, ’cause others might get shot on sight.

  • crewman

    The video’s already been removed from youtube. If he was caught practicing his lines, I have to say, if I was a high school student about to give a nationally televised speech, I think I would practice what I was going to say more than once.

    Anyone who pushes these kind of conspiracies should seriously be evaluated for mental stability. They should not have guns! If they are so delusional/paranoid and ready to be nasty and hateful, they are the last person who should have a gun.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson


  • PickyPecker

    I can’t stick around too much loger. My ‘Crisis Acting’ class at Juilliard starts in about an hour.

  • bkmn

    Meanwhile, FB, twitter and google are at the bank cashing their checks.

  • gaycuckhubby

    this is why I think that, yes, Russia should have some sanctions for the 2016 elections. But ultimately I’m much more upset about the American voters who believe the obvious propaganda and fake news than I am with the Russians. These people believe the bull crap no matter who it’s coming from

    • sfjohn

      it’s called lazy…..

      • gaycuckhubby

        Yep America has the president our voters deserve

  • Steverino

    The only false flag is the Confederate one.

  • GanymedeRenard


  • jimbo65

    If we had responsible journalists , there would be huge push back and exposes on the conspiracy nuts willing to destroy kids lives in service of the NRA and Russia. Times like this I really fucking hate this country.

  • drbrentzenobia

    Since when does viewing something equate to agreeing with the message being expressed?

    Answer: ever since Trump turned politics into a ratings exercise. Don’t fall for it, don’t buy into it, and don’t perpetuate it.

    And while we’re at it, how do you know those online ratings like this aren’t being driven by Russian bots?

  • Lazycrockett

    Cruz is one helluva dedicated actor to spend the rest of his life on death row in character.

    • PickyPecker

      aaand…..end scene.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “Who’s your agent?”

  • Christopher

    “This user also uploaded videos that cover familiar conspiracy theories like chemtrails and UFOs.”

    Need we say more?

    • Lazycrockett

      I quickly walk away from anyone that even entertains the notion of chemtrails.

      • Christopher

        LOL Yeah me too!


        But you see, we have a neighbour, who’s 68, and have gotten to know her pretty well over the years. She’s a fun crazy and attended our wedding, love us to death. We didn’t learn about her chemtrail notions until way after we met.

        Every now and then I bring it up just to watch her freak out over it. So fun!

        • Reality.Bites

          After all this time your post inspired me to finally check out what chemtrails are (supposed to be).

          What a bunch of loons. Especially since planes tend to fly over unpopulated areas where possible.

  • j.martindale

    Attacking adolescents who have been traumatized by the slaughter of their friends with vile lies saying the kids are pretending their grief and anger–somehow, I don’t think this ploy will be a great success for the IRA or the wing nuts. I continue to be amazed by their absolute lack of shame. It is unnatural.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      It will galvanize and solidify the moran gunfucking yokeldom.

    • Uncle Mark

      One of my favorite tweet replies I saw last night was from someone, who was a proud gun owner, but was disgusted by the way D’Souza was cruelly trolling the student activists. It gave me some hope that at this horribly polarized time, that we actually have limits as to the level of cruelty & insanity that either side will tolerate for our respective causes

      • Reality.Bites

        Sure – but being disgusted by Bernie Sanders doesn’t mean I don’t support single payer healthcare.

    • ColdCountry


    • KarenAtFOH

      Their minds have been pummeled and moulded for many years by hate media. It’s almost like their natural minds have been shut off.

    • MichaelJ

      I hope the NRA and the right keep it up — keeping demonizing young people who are demonstrating. These are future voters, and I would imagine that even those young people not demonstrating or otherwise engaged politically are going to remember who denigrated their peers, their generation.

  • Rex

    Trump is deplorable.
    The GOP is deplorable.
    But, damn, the nation seems to be filled with deplorable people.
    To smear children who have just witnessed their friends dying and taking a stand to make it stop is beyond deplorable.

  • mikeinftl

    I am so in awe of these students and the way they presenting their fears and anger. When I was a senior, I don’t think I would have been as articulate. But then we didn’t have those kinds of drills either. I will support their mission anyway I can, this shooting took place in my county and I never want to hear of one again.
    These students will be voting soon, muse send shivers down Rubio’s pants.

    • Rex

      Young people today are forced to grow up and be adult much more quickly than we had to. I’m in awe of them as well.

      • Reality.Bites

        Damn kids, messing up my lawn with their avocado toast!

    • lymis

      Not to forget all the displaced Puerto Ricans who will also be eligible to vote in Florida going forward, who are going to be SO supportive of GOP candidates.

    • pch1013

      When I was a junior in high school, in 1981, our speech teacher had us board a Washington city bus and deliver speeches on it. Mine was about gun control. It was an especially fraught time, since Reagan had just been shot – and in fact, our bus ride ended up right near GW University Hospital, where he was recovering. He tried to get a film crew interested, but to no avail.

  • Uncle Mark

    It does my heart good to see that YouTube has had the decency to quickly remove the video…especially a video that’s trending and could be making money for them. If only Twitter & Facebook were as morally responsible

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    And no views were from Russian bots.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I’m watching CNN do live interviews from the rally in Tallahassee with the students who survived. and I’m literally crying. I am so proud of them and their passion and what they are doing

  • lymis

    Of course he’s a paid actor. Everyone knows that high school student can’t think and speak articulately about things they care about.


    • The_Wretched

      I’ve judged for HS debate and speech teams. Some of the kids put 99% of the adults to shame. Really a bunch of amazing kids out there. I don’t know if Hogg did those activities but that there’s amazingly articulate kids isn’t new.

      • lymis

        And it also ignores the point that, especially in a school that large, some of them may well BE actors, if only in the “member of the drama club” sense.

    • Reality.Bites

      No, that’s presidents, not high school students.

  • Dave B

    This is still up. Please go to Youtube and report.


  • Bambino

    Here is a wonderful essay written by the 17-year old Cameron Kasky.

  • Renfield

    I’m surprised the anti-vaxxers aren’t getting involved as well. All these kids were vaccinated, right? 100% correlation (with something).

  • Bambino
    • Wisterley

      Such handsome, articulate young people. They bring tears to my eyes.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Well, when the person that’s your party leader and President is the poster child for deplorable, what do we expect? He’s brought the deplorables out of the woodwork and they’re doing their dead-level best to emulate the Deplorable in Chief. Hillary Clinton was much too kind by calling them “deplorable” – I’d have said they’re bat-shit crazy.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Mike m, the Youtube user who posted this is just pissed that his methhead-acting lessons haven’t paid off.

    • edrex


  • lymis

    Can we also point out the absurdity of defending a reality television star as president while declaring that actors don’t have any place in politics? Even if this kid was an actor, so what? He’s still a high school student.

    MAYBE if it could be proven he doesn’t attend that school, questions of why he was speaking as though he was might be pertinent – which would still be largely immaterial if he was a high school student somewhere else, or honestly, if he ever WAS a high school student anywhere. The message is still utterly valid.

    Of course, I do grant that the reality TV star they think of as their president doesn’t seem to ever practice his lines. Or write them himself. Or understand what he’s talking about. But that’s a different discussion (one that doesn’t count in these idiots’ favor.)

    • edrex

      if only a kardashian had something to say.

      • lymis

        Careful what you ask for. Remember when Reagan was unimaginable? Schwarzenegger?

        • edrex

          i take it back.

  • Joe in PA

    And under the heading of “ya can’t make this shit up”…CNN invited the NRA (Dana L) to their broadcast tonight titled: “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action”.


    • Ninja0980

      Hope she’s asked to explain this.
      I won’t condone death threats but if guns are so good at scaring away bad guns, why did Dana move her family?
      Shouldn’t the bad guys/gals be scared of her guns and not even thought of doing anything?
      The fact she moved suggests that maybe, just maybe arm everyone and bad guys won’t do anything is a myth.

      • Joe in PA

        Indeed. As others have said…gun free zones at the NRA convention?

        But o/t…the next headline at TheHill:

        Controversies pile up for White House, alarming GOP

        NOW they are alarmed? FFS.

      • Joe in PA

        Ya know, I thought about this…I wonder if Dana disclosed to the new owners of that house (before or after the sale) what the reason was for selling. Hmmm, lawsuit possibility? I can just see “discovery” … and she has to walk it all back.

    • Reality.Bites

      It’s proper to hear from both sides. One representing the murderer, one representing his victims.

      The NRA is the official spokesperson for mass murderers.

    • jimbo65

      I really wish outlets would stop promoting the bullshit of having “both sides” on. They’re more concerned with bias accusations and ratings, then presenting facts and getting at the truth .

  • WNY

    And Don Jr liked the tweet accusing them of being crisis actors.

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith

      He gets an A+ for consistent douchebaggery.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “So, who’s the old greasy guy?”

      — teenagers everywhere.

  • safari
    • David Walker

      I can’t begin to tell you how good I feel seeing this. The NRA-fueled legislators can bitch and lie all they want. Here is proof that at least the kids get it. I hope real, unbribed adults get it, too. The kids are all right, and the money provided for their continued protests is excellent.

    • Tread

      Change is coming. Blue Tsunami 2018.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Please, nobody shoot them. I know it’s been like, 4 days, but today would not really be great optics.

    • Garrett

      Look at all those crisis actors. So terrible and fake news…/s

      For real though, I love this. Good for them!

  • Bambino

    Get Up! Stand up! Stand up for your rights!

  • MikeBx2
    • MikeBx2
    • Tread

      That’s all CNN needs to be doing. Helping fuel that fucking hysteria. What a bunch of assholes.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Actually, I saw them ask two students. I expect they’re going to do that all day with each new kid. I don’t like it. Rather than asking this of them – do a segment or three on this vile smear campaign, who is behind it and name the names of people on Twitter and YouTube who are promoting this. Also, fire John Kingston.

      • Could it be they want their audience to know these are actual students who aren’t being paid, even though it boomeranged on them to making it seem like they are giving credence to the waffled headed, black hole where their heart is supposed to be beings?

        • RaygunsGoZap

          Yes. That’s what I assumed both times. The question was almost perfunctory. I’d rather they were asked what they thought of those theories as a way of confronting it. Just sloppy journalism.

          • It seems that sloppy is a current theme in today’s journalism.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            YES! Some GOP rat kept mis-characterizing the FL bill as a ban on all guns and they were so intent on asking a certain line of questioning and sparring that they never challenged that.

      • bzrd

        the student should ask them if they are real reporters

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Are you a reporter or an entertainer?”

    • Michael White

      CNN who did everything they could to make Ms Clinton as bad as the orange turd. Of course, they buy into the bullshit. This is why I quit watching CNN years ago. More concerned with money than facts.

    • KarenAtFOH

      They just have to have their precious both sides bullshit.

  • Home Island

    This is absolutely ridiculous

  • Ninja0980

    Look at the people who were going to speak at CPAC that now aren’t.
    Some of the people like Dinesh being denounced were monsters long before this and yet folks like you and other conservatives had no problem with them.
    So spare me your outrage you POS, you helped build this.

  • Galvestonian

    The real problem is that Trump followers and the bastards making money out of FAUX news simply can not believe that someone that young, someone still in high school can be articulate, smart and together enough to speak clearly and distinctly in an educated manner regarding gun control, the ARA and politics. That someone that young can actually feel rage and express it against Republican and all they hold sacred. In other words shut these kids up any way possible … lie, disparage them, discourage them, embarrass them, try to con them, try to push them onto another topic and just use maneuvers that have worked in the past. You know, just regular Republican browbeating, sowing dissension and confusion and being assholes.

    • boatboy_srq

      Give them a break: they only have their own kids and their friends to use for comparison.


  • Gigi

    YouTube has a policy on harassment and bullying?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      It’s selective

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Many people are asking questions!”

      — CNN

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I really hate these fucking motherfuckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tread

      You aren’t the only one. It’s time to take Jim Hoft down.

  • jayjonson

    These bastards have no shame. No conscience. No moral compass. They are traitors.

  • HZ81

    Let’s consider the sources:

    O’Reilly: Sexual predator
    Limbaugh: Closet-case, drug addict, serial-liar
    Kingston: Serial-liar, questionable haircut
    Alex Jones: A hemorrhoid that fell off the Hulk
    and D’Souza: Felonious fuckface

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Rebecca Gardner

      Well, facts are that 4% of all mass shootings in ‘Merka! are done by the mentally ill. The other 96% are done by the sane, so, yeah, this never has been and never will be a mental health issue.

      • Taylor Bixler

        This. So much this. I have seen slightly higher numbers (~20%) but it is not most. Not by a long shot. The mental illness thing is the reflexive response by the ammosexuals to blame mental illness. Or dark skinned folks

      • David Walker

        What pisses me off about the “mental illness” defense is that the national legislative body of the NRA rescinded the barring of certifiably mentally ill people from buying guns…and the bought and paid for president shithole signed it. Parkland was on the 1 year anniversary of that NRA paid for fiasco. Crickets.

        • Did the Parkland shooter buy his gun after that infamous EO allowing mentally ill people to purchase guns? If so, Parkland needs to have 17 black wreathes to the Orange Cockroach that is currently infesting the White House.

          • carrot festival

            Seventeen very expensive lawsuits would be much more effective.

    • prixator

      You forgot: “We have no laws restricting access to abortion”. That’s one of their biggies.

  • Publius

    17 of these kids’ classmates and teachers were executed — sacrificed at the altar of the NRA.

    It’s not unreasonable to think that many of the survivors are understandably upset and publicly motivated to seek reforms that would prevent future shootings. The “crisis actor” narrative is fucking deplorable.

  • Tread

    I think it’s safe to start calling what these people actually are: evil. They are monsters out to hurt everyone. Unhappy with their own lives, they mean to make everyone as miserable or worse than them.

  • David Walker

    Remember Oprah and the Clooneys and then a bunch of other famous types said they were donating to the cause?
    We can support the kids, too, and it doesn’t have to be a half million bucks. There IS a GoFundMe account called March For Our Lives. As far as I know it’s real, and if you have a couple of bucks, here’s the link:

  • kaydenpat

    The video has been removed.

    • David Walker

      Thank you, Jeebus. So has Billy Graham.

      • kaydenpat

        Oh dear!! Y’all don’t play. Lol.

        • David Walker

          My therapist yesterday told me, regarding my “just lurking” decision here, that if you fall off a horse, you can decide never to ride again, but if you DO like riding horses (or writing), it’s important to get back on the horse and ride.

          I’ve decided to saddle up. And I will either thank or lay the blame on the Parkland students, and now the students over Florida and the others who’ve taken up the gauntlet.

          Although this is from “Sing for the Cure,” a cantata written about and as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, it pretty much sums up what’s happening now. One voice…

          • kaydenpat

            Now that is some angelic singing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Snarky

      As quickly as they come down, someone else posts the video again. Please go to YouTube and search David Hogg or “David Hogg crisis actor” and report videos for bullying. We can make a difference.

      • kaydenpat

        Will do.

        • Snarky

          Thanks! I reported so many of these videos, YouTube has stopped me from reporting. Hopefully that is a temporary thing based on some algorithm. It’s a shame the posters can put up these videos one after another, over and over, but there are limits on how often we can ask YouTube to pull them down. That’s why it helps to have many of us doing this.

      • Eventually they are able to get all of them down, their internal search spiders just have to catch all posts. It is like illegal postings of Frank Sinatra music (which cannot be on You Tube due to his copyright). They come down but it might take a day or two. They will also kick people out for continually posting banned content — but it is easy to open a new account with a fake IP address if you are a political troll.

  • Octoberfurst

    I get so tired of these crackpot conspiracy theories. To the Alex Jones loving loons EVERY mass shooting is a false flag operation done by “the Globalists” whose goal is the eradication of the 2nd Amendment. According to them there have been no killings and everyone who was a witness is a paid actor. So fear not, the Sandy Hook kids are all still alive as is every other child and adult who was the “victim” of a mass shooting.
    Of course to believe this bullshit you must believe that entire towns are in on the conspiracy as well as all media and law enforcement. Yeah that sounds plausible. >eye roll<

  • CB

    This is what we’re teaching kids today: If you stand up and try to make your voice heard in the face of horror, cynicism and selfishness, there is a sector of the population that will try to silence you. Stand up and shout anyway.

  • Taylor Bixler

    And mr. participation medals weighed in too

  • Steven B
  • JWC

    Its sad that the GOP has to resort to such low life tactics to try to devalue and dismiss these kids and their quest They are fighting hard to protect WHAT? These kids are going to blow the lid off some deep dark secret. Even Trumps “Listening sessions” today has hand picked non obtrusive participates as to not upset Donny

  • Longpole

    The GOP response to the gun related deaths reminds me of their reaction to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Basically nothing. Although today they send “thoughts and prayers” to victims families. Back then, not so much.

  • SilasMarner

    How much more vile and disgusting can this fuckwad get? We can only hope his god will call him home, you know, like Billy (scamvangelist) Graham.

  • William

    George Soros is everywhere, just like Elvis.

  • pch1013

    I got a Facebook ad for this shit. I reported the group and the post, not that it’ll make any difference.

  • TampaZeke

    I’m just going to say it. ANYONE who listens to Alex Jones and InfoWars is a worthless, dangerous piece of SHIT!

    • Alex Jones only did one thing I have seen that I found highly amusing. He got on the nerves of that far left guy Cenk Uygur who runs the Young Turks who I really cannot tolerate — since according to him, every Democrat who does not agree with him needs to be run out of office (like Claire McCaskill of Missouri). I love this video. Alex was on crystal meth or something.

  • drtrmiller

    Here I was about to cancel my Red subscription and delete my account. Fortunately someone did the right thing and purged that shit.

  • coram nobis

    There’s a defamation suit in this somewhere, and not just this one kid as plaintiff.

    • OdieDenCO

      bingo! sue the rat bastards back to 3rd world status

      • LOOL. It would be hard to get a huge award in a defamation suit for this — but certainly if the students involved filed a class action with a jury trial with some very imaginative lawyers, I think we could be looking at a multi million dollar judgement. Nothing more than 5 million though. The good news though is that it could be collected. Lawyers would keep about 60%.

    • You are right.Sure David can sue. So can the other kids.
      Any individual person can sue for libel or defamation, unintentional or intentional, if they are not widely known in their field or are politicians. Everyday people can certainly sue.
      David would have to claim damages to his future reputation, psychological well being, or something else. You just cannot sue without a damage. Pain and suffering alone to him and his family can be worth a lawsuit. The stickler in a libel or defamation suit is to prove damages.
      He can also sue media outlets, and Donald Trump Jr. for retweeting that video if he wishes.

  • CJAS

    By repeating the claim, they’ve legitimized it. And that’s what CNN does.

  • David Hogg was interviewed today with his father and said he is not backing down, despite all the attacks. I give him credit, many people simply would not have the stomach to continue with all this far right hated directed at them. David and his friends is reigniting a movement that many had given up on- assault weapons bans.
    David is now becoming well known outside of the USA and if he wishes to consider attending Oxford or Cambridge I am sure they would be delighted to have someone of his calibre who is making a difference on a major issue attending on full scholarship.

  • CraigNJ

    The ones accusing this young man of being paid are the one being paid to spread this b.s.

  • PlutoAnimus

    I doubt the Republican idiots drove this video to number one on their own.

    I have no doubt the Russians helped push it to the top.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    I know it’s against community guidelines to wish harm on them, so I won’t. All I will say is that I’d never shed a tear for any of them th they or their family were to end up in a situation like Parkland, or Newton, Or Los Vegas, or any other number of shootings.

  • This is bad, it seems YouTube PROMOTED the video — before they took it down — and if David or his family get any threats as a result, I hope they sue YouTube for a multi million dollar pain and suffering lawsuit. YouTube needs to clean their algorithm up if this is the case.
    From Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel right now.

    • KnownDonorDad

      It was sure to get a lot of clicks. Massacre profiteering.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Oh, to have some Old Testament-style powers so that I could take the lives of 17 conspiracy theorists and resurrect the 17 murdered kids in their place.

  • The appalling part is that there are actually people out there who believe this bullpucky without ever questioning the source, who are known to be liars.. Those are the people who are Trump’s best hope for establishing himself as President for Life.