Naomi Wolf pranked into posting fake anti-vaccine quote with porn star photo
The Intercept reporter Ken Klippenstein tricked Naomi Wolf, a feminist author and former adviser to President Bill Clinton, into tweeting a fake anti-vaccine quote attached to a photograph of a porn star.
Klippenstein messaged Wolf with the fake quote image, which featured famous porn star Johnny Sins dressed up as a doctor in an adult movie and read, "If a vaccine is effective, then why do we need to pressure people to take it?" The quote was attributed to 'Dr. John Sims, MD.'
It wasn't long before Wolf published the quote on her own Twitter account, at which point Klippenstein took credit for the prank. Wolf then deleted her post.
March 21, 2021
Social media users mocked Wolf for falling for the prank and failing to vet her sources, and the incident even caught the attention of Sins himself, who retweeted screenshots of Wolf's goof.
Ken got Naomi Wolf — who is an anti-vaxxer and has been spreading misinformation left and right — to post a fake quote from a fake doctor along with a photo of the adult film star Johnny Sins. This is how top-notch her vetting of information is. https://t.co/MAmsKFAS0F— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 21, 2021
The irony is that Johnny Sins probably has a much better idea of infection control than Naomi Wolf.— Damon Young (@damonayoung) March 21, 2021
Wolf has previously been ridiculed for failing to verify sources, claiming in February that she had overheard an Apple employee "boasting about attending a top secret demo" where "they had a new tech to deliver vaccines w nanopatticles that let you travel back in time."
Good morning pic.twitter.com/3VolAx63Xn— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) February 26, 2021
The post was removed by Twitter.
Wolf was also accused in February of confusing child sexual abuse and bestiality with persecution against gay people in Victorian England in her book 'Outrages'.
As for Klippenstein, the journalist has a long history of pranking public figures online. In November, he tricked former acting director of national intelligence and war hawk Richard Grenell into thanking convicted war criminal William Calley – who killed 22 Vietnamese civilians in a 1968 massacre of 500 men, women, and children during the Vietnam War – for his military service.