Do you really believe they exist two Damar Hamlins? Conspiracy theorists continue to move the goalposts in typical conspiracy theorist fashion. I’m afraid to even talk about these things because I don’t want to spread misinformation any further, but this is a great example of their way of thinking — any information that contradicts what these people believe becomes evidence that they are somehow right—and why that’s so dangerous. And as you’ll see, the people who claim these things — as well as anything related to QAnon and the COVID-19 vaccine — have a much bigger platform than I do, anyway.
In case you somehow missed what happened to Hamlin, the Bills safety suffered a cardiac arrest on the field during their game against the Bengals on Jan. 2 and was gave CPR for several minutes. Hamlin was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where his condition improved over several days.
He was eventually released from the hospital, returned home to Buffalo and even attended their playoff game against the same Bengals on January 22nd.
People blame the vaccine
Of course, every time someone has a medical emergency these days, anti-vaxxers are biding their time to blame it on the COVID-19 vaccine without any evidence. Hamlin didn’t speak publicly for several weeks after his hospitalization, leading some to speculate that he had actually died — due to the vaccination — and that some corporate entity was impersonating… him.
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As the theory goes for some prominent right-wing public figures as well as random Twitter trolls: How can we be sure it was really Damar Hamlin at the game? How do we know Hamlin wasn’t actually killed by the vaccine and our corporate overlords are trying to make it look like everything is fine?
Notice that I phrased my theory as a question, because many of them do. They do not make outlandish and easily disprovable claims; they just ask questions. Although there are many more brash theorists without justification who will openly argue, such as Emerald Robinson, former White House correspondent for Newsmax.
There is also Aubrey Huffthe guy who likes to call himself a two-time World Series Champion, although he contributed to the Giants’ 2012 title about as much as I did.
If only Huff had as strong a stance on punctuation as he does on vaccines.
TThese people assume that Pfizer will use the bogus Hamlin for the rest of his life to dispel doubts about the vaccine and hope that none of his family, friends or teammates (including vocal anti-vaxxer Cole Beasley) ever become suspicious. Impenetrable logic.
Even though he was at a Bills playoff game a week ago, these morons still didn’t believe him because he couldn’t get a good enough look at his face. “Why was he covering his face?” Probably because it was cold and snowy. Did Pfizer also make snow to block the view of the cameras?
That same account claimed that all Hamlin had to do to put an end to the theories was to make a video saying he was fine. Also, way to be extra shitty and try to make him feel guilty because people donated to his charity. Here’s the thing about donating: if you expect something in return, then it’s not really donating.
Well, now there is. That’s it, right?
Peters said, “All Damar Hamlin has to do is get on social media, cut the video and end the speculation.” But no, it still wasn’t good enough for these thugs. Hamlin making a video that clearly shows his face saying he’s grateful for the support is clearly not enough proof that he’s okay. After it happened, he tweeted this:
And this is the best example of how conspiracy theorists think. The video of Hamlin alive and well now becomes proof that they were right all along. Now they wonder why he didn’t make it earlier, if he is forced to say these things and if he is a clone. (Hamlin clapped back on that last one.)
Why isn’t there a tattoo on his right arm like before? The answer is yes. There is bad lighting, but if you squint just a little, you can see the tattoos. I suspect that in their minds, the entity responsible is advanced and powerful enough to clone a grown man in a matter of days, but is detached enough from the details to forget about the tattoo. Why is his forearm smaller? I don’t know. Maybe being in a medically induced coma for a few days isn’t the best exercise plan.
For people who don’t think the video proves Hamlin is alive, they want him to appear at the press conference. Why would? You’ll just keep coming up with new theories. How can you convince people that you are yourself and not a clone if they have already decided that you are? Of course, the reason Hamlin doesn’t bother to prove these people wrong is because he probably doesn’t care. Maybe he doesn’t even know these theories exist because he’s busy with life.
The question for prominent right-wing figures like these is whether they really believe the bile they spew or if it’s just part of the scam. Is Peters really that stupid or does he say these things because he has built an audience of gullible people and gives them more reason to listen to his radio show? I have no idea. I’m just asking questions.