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Chronixx hits out against COVID-19 'circus'

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 3:41 PM

Kimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Like DJ D-NICE’s 100,000-viewers-strong Quarantine Club on Instagram and Walshy Fire’s Quarantine Clash on YouTube, many artistes and DJs around the world are rallying together, from their homes, in an effort to continue entertaining their fans during this lifestyle-altering COVID-19 pandemic. But there are others, like reggae singer Chronixx, who are not logging on to the interim cyber-celebrations.

“Not buying the COVID-19 ‘bs’. Nature is I protection and strong refuge. These tech heads and war heads can’t talk to rastaman about human health. Never! And they can’t destroy all of humanity. They can destroy some, but not all,” the one-time Grammy nominee wrote in a post to his Instagram account.

While suggesting that the pandemic may be targeted and unnatural, Chronixx criticised the entertainment industry’s online partying response. “Most of these famous people online [use] the internet like it’s a play thing. We are in the advent of the greatest crimes against humanity and people out here trying to keep themselves entertained,” he said.

Declaring no surprise at his online partying colleagues, Chronixx further asserted that his participation in such an event would only occur if it was designed as a tool in the controversial fight against vaccinations. “I’m not here for the circus. I’m only going online for a concert if it’s an action against global vaccination. Health time now! Land time now. Earth time,” the post continues.

The singer’s commentary comes as international media houses campaign against coronavirus conspiracy theories. The most prominent theory proposes a link between the viral spread and 5G technology.

In a report by Bloomberg, written by Ryan Gallagher, the theory is also getting a boost from what some researchers say is a coordinated disinformation campaign. Marc Owen Jones, a researcher who specialises in online disinformation networks at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Qatar, analysed recent interactions on social media mentioning ‘5G’ and ‘corona’. He uncovered a large number of accounts displaying what he termed ‘inauthentic activity’.

A report from Time by Bill Perrigo revealed that the original 5G conspiracies existed in fringe areas of the Internet before the COVID-19 outbreak. It focused on the idea that the new phone masts required by the technology are somehow causing health problems that are being concealed by governments.