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Foster the People promote bizarre Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theory

on August 11, 2019, 11:55pm

On Saturday, billionaire financier and serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell. Government officials say Epstein, who was facing 45 years in prison on sex trafficking charges, took his own life by hanging himself. However, that hasn’t stopped people on both sides of the political aisle from promoting unfounded conspiracy theories suggesting Epstein was murdered.

Hours after Epstein’s body was found, Donald Trump retweeted a conspiracy claiming that former president Bill Clinton was responsible for Epistein’s death. (The Clintons, like Trump himself, associated with Epstein on occasion in the 1990s and early 2000s.) All the while, the hashtag #trumpbodycount went viral on Twitter.

And then there’s Foster the People, the alternative rock band best known for their hit single “Pumped Up Kicks”. On Saturday night, the band’s Twitter account promoted its own conspiracy theory, asserting that it was an Epstein body double who was photographed on the hospital gurney, and that the real Epstein is “on a private plane to somewhere in the middle east getting prepped for plastic surgery right now.”

Update: Foster the People singer Mark Foster has defended using the band’s official Twitter account to posit a conspiracy about Epstein’s death: “To anyone else who considers it ‘off brand’ for an artist to talk about social issues, cover-ups, and justice.. A. you need a history lesson B. you’re scared of what i’m saying C. my voice is my brand, whether it’s used to speak or sing.” After comparing photos of Epstein alive and dead, as well as highlight Attorney General Bill Barr’s connection to the case, Foster added, “More than ever artists need to speak up, because they’re not getting paid by sponsors or told how to spin a story by their bosses. Rupert Murdoch isn’t controlling their narrative. Support your artists. Support real journalism. Fact check everything. Do your own research.”

In related news, stay tuned for details on InfoWars’ 10th anniversary concert headlined by Foster the People.

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