After making a low-budget satirical look at the “Pizzagate” conspiracy taken to its logical conclusion, a filmmaker is receiving death threats. The Pizzagate Massacre, according to a Vice News review, is a film about interdimensional lizard creatures controlling humans from the basement of a pizza parlor.
Duncan Plump, the protagonist in the film, is portrayed by John Valley, an Austin, Texas-based filmmaker “a long-haired and serial-killer glasses-wearing militiaman,” who “asks a friend to do research on the reporter. He wants to help, but he doesn’t trust her yet,” described Vice.
“This film sets out to explore the toxic nature of conspiracy theories and fantastical thinking writ large,” Valley said in a statement. “Using elements of the original PizzaGate narrative, the film attempts to shine a light on those who weaponize misinformation for profit and those who carry water for such pursuits.”
While the film explores how extremists “weaponize misinformation for profit,” Valley takes the story to its logical conclusion, with each character fascinated by Alex Jones and other far-right figures. Duncan believes he is the son of David Koresh, the cult leader. He’s portrayed as someone who deserves sympathy for being so easily duped into accepting the most ridiculous things.
“I’m never going to make a movie that is more offensive than what actually happened at InfoWars.” https://t.co/4Y9iXd3PGl
— Austin Chronicle (@AustinChronicle) November 23, 2021
Valley is being harassed by QAnon conspiracy theorists who are angered by the portrayal of folks who believed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a secret child abuse ring in the basement of Comet Ping Pong, which doesn’t even have a basement, as word of the film spreads. As a result of the theory, a man with a gun showed up at the family-friendly restaurant, attempting to free the youngsters. He was never able to locate them, and he is now imprisoned.
The QAnon crowd is now making death threats to Valley and those who participated in the satirical film now that it has gone viral. Valley anticipated to enrage fervent conspiracy theorists, so it came as no surprise.
“We knew when we made the movie it would draw some heat,” he told Motherboard. “But then when it actually starts happening it’s a whole ‘nother story. It freaked me out a lot more than I thought it would.”
“We’ve kind of been getting a lot of that kind of pushback ever since,” he said. “The trailer definitely opened the floodgates.”
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The QAnon morons have the piss ripped out of them in a film and do not like it one bit. I guess they see how ridiculous their theories etc are and how silly they look in the eyes of normal people and it twists their melons. 👍🤣https://t.co/J9djSxJhtx
— George Francis (@GeorgeF19068934) November 23, 2021
The threat has enhanced the visibility of the picture and given Valley legitimacy, which is a benefit for him.
“Everybody started taking the movie more seriously. One QAnon guy ripped the trailer and it blew up for us. It’s frustrating but also relieving in a way,” he said.
Oh god, it looks horrible.
I need to see it.https://t.co/OPj41O2yJ4
— SuperNerdLand is a Jade Cargill Fan Account (@SuperNerdLand) November 22, 2021
As Trump climbed to power in 2016, the Valley’s brainchild was born. Valley was “was more shocked at people’s reaction than he was to the incident itself,” Vice explained. The film was born.
“They think they’re right just like we think we’re right. If there’s a clean and sober conversation, you can see which side of the story is fake. But that doesn’t change the fact that these people believe what they’re doing is correct,” Valley said of Q followers.
The tragedy, on the other hand, stems from people who have been deceived and exploited for political gain.
“When you saturate that part of the brain long enough, you can do anything with it, which is what I think people like Alex Jones, Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, and Trump do,” Valley said. “They all seized on it. They know what they’re doing. They know the trick they’re pulling on people, which is what makes me so angry at them.”