Marvel star Mark Ruffalo, famous as the Hulk, recently got caught in a whirlwind of controversy after he retweeted a baseless and misleading accusation against former President Donald Trump. The post falsely claimed Trump was involved with underage girls on Epstein Island, but it turned out to be a fabricated story based on AI-generated images.
Gross. #MAGA wants to paint everyone on those flights as pedophiles except the one guy who smiles in a group of young girls all headed to Epstein’s “Fantasy Island” with him. My bet is there are some decent republicans left in America that may think this is going too far. https://t.co/e0IWT1lnCZ
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 5, 2024
Initially, the tweet, which spread like wildfire online, was intended to tarnish Trump’s reputation, showing him with various young girls, none related to him. Ruffalo, not one to shy away from political statements, especially those opposing Trump and his supporters, quickly echoed these unfounded claims, expressing his outrage and condemning MAGA supporters for their perceived ignorance of these allegations.
However, the plot thickened when it was revealed that the photos were fake, digitally concocted and not depicting any real events. A fact-check by Twitter, citing a Lead Stories article, confirmed that the images were AI-generated fabrications. This revelation turned the tables, sparking a backlash against Ruffalo. Critics slammed him for his haste in spreading false information without proper verification, highlighting his tendency to lean towards liberal narratives without due diligence.
This incident not only discredited the baseless accusations against Trump but also raised serious questions about the credibility of outspoken Hollywood figures like Ruffalo in political discourse.