News of Kirstie Alley’s death has only just come out. But it didn’t take long for her colon cancer diagnosis to morph into a nefarious conspiracy. QAnon conspiracists now believe that Alley was assassinated for being an anti-vaxxer. She is one of many celebrities to join the crazy club’s list of martyrs.
What Exactly Is QAnon?
For all who don’t know what QAnon is, let me explain. It’s a far-right fringe conspiracy movement that was spread online via anonymous chat groups and a mysterious poster who went by the name of “Q.” The “Q” person’s actual identity is thought to have changed over time.
QAnon is a massive hodgepodge of different conspiracies, all mashed into one. The non-centralized movement believes that the government is run by a satanic cabal of pedophiles who murder children to make adrenochrome, an illicit black-market drug that gives those who drink it the gift of extended life.
QAnon also believes that a “storm” is coming, much like a Judgement Day, but mixed with violence, which the movement promulgates. Additionally, Donald Trump is seen as a modern incarnation of Jesus Christ, the savior who was wrongfully denied his throne as President of the United States for a second term. This was one of the reasons for the January 6th Insurrection on the nation’s Capital.
The Never-Ending Patchwork of Conspiracies Sees Everything in Nothing
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes QAnon as an “umbrella term for a sprawling spiderweb of right-wing internet conspiracy theories with antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ elements.” Because of its “sprawling” nature, new conspiracies are continuously added on to the movement’s belief system. Pareidolia is prevalent throughout the conspiracy network, with believers seeing nonexistent patterns and meanings in irrelevant objects, people, and events. This, in turn, leads to confirmation bias.
Pareidolia is defined as “a situation in which someone sees a pattern or image of something that does not exist, for example a face in a cloud.” The concept extends to hidden messages. Confirmation bias is defined as “the tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs.” QAnon conspiracists are continuously looking for nonexistent messages and clues to confirm their pre-existing beliefs. Combined with the internet, photoshop, and anonymity, this makes for a dangerous and seemingly endless string of theories.
Kirstie Alley Was an Anti-Vaxxer, Tweeted Support for QAnon
Recently, vaccinations and the COVID-19 pandemic have become part of the fray. QAnon believes that COVID is a government conspiracy, like everything else. As such, vaccinations must also be corrupted.
Kirstie Alley had previously tweeted about not wanting to get the COVID vaccine.
“Get the vaccines and boosters, I don’t care… but until they can prevent me from getting COVID or prevent you from getting it.. I won’t be getting it and will ignore mandates to get it.. seems fair to me,” she wrote on Twitter.
Because Kirstie Alley has notoriously been anti-vax, QAnon believers now think that she was assassinated. Alley was also at one point a vocal supporter of Donald Trump. This, to QAnon, put her in the category of “likely to be assassinated by the cabal.” Alley endorsed Trump in 2016 and again in 2020, although she later rescinded her endorsement. She stated that she was “blackballed” for supporting him.
Kirstie Alley once tweeted the QAnon slogan “Where We Go One We Go All.” This inevitably makes Alley an ally to the QAnon movement, which is always looking for clues.
QAnon Believes Alley Was Assassinated Because of Her Stance on Vaccines
Vice reported that the QAnon conspiracy about Kirstie Alley being allegedly assassinated sprouted “within minutes” of her children’s announcement on social media. The rumors were created on-the-fly and spread via platforms like Telegram, Gab, and Truth Social, without any evidence.
“I wholly believe the [deep state] has a way of dosing people with poisons that create aggressive cancers,” one person wrote.
“She either just drew the short straw or she was poisoned by the Deep State for being a public Patriot,” wrote another.
Other conspiracists wondered if Alley had perhaps been forced to get a COVID vaccine in order to receive treatment for her cancer. Her children wrote that she was seen at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. One person said they tried to call the hospital to seek clarification. When they didn’t receive a response, they told others to try again the next day.
“Can’t help but wonder if “they” got her in another way,” wrote one conspiracist.
Another piece of “evidence,” and also a great example of pareidolia, is a crazy number game that QAnon believers pieced together. Because Kirstie Alley died at the age of 71, that somehow means it had to do with QAnon. Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet, and 17 is the mirror image of 71.
Kirstie Alley now follows in the footsteps of a long list of other people who QAnon believes was assassinated by the cabal. They include Queen Elizabeth II, Isaac Kappy, Coolio, Anne Heche, Bob Saget, and rapper DMX.