What is Qanon?
Ooooooh this is gonna be a lot so buckle up, but the short answer is: far right death cult that’s gaining a deeply, deeply concerning amount of traction right now.
TW for absolutely fucking everything.
Long answer is Qanon is a far right death cult that started on 4chan in 2016. It started with one jackass anon who called himself Q and made (completely false) predictions, claiming insider knowledge to help Trump and defame democrats. Followers decided that, due to the pseudonym chosen, he must be someone in the military with Q-level clearance. It’s basically confirmed at this point that Q is (and probably always was) an asshole named Jim Watkins. Jim is the founder of 8kun, which hosts child porn. Hold this in your mind for later.
Qanon centers on the belief that Trump is a) secretly really smart b) secretly a really good guy and c) secretly working behind the scenes to root out the Very Evil Bad Guy Deep State Democrats. At its core, the conspiracy is about worshipping the Asshole, waiting (for now), and interpretation. This allows them to dip into basically every conspiracy theory that has ever existed before. Evil deep state Jewish People? Absolutely. Lizard people (which is just evil deep state Jewish People with a weird new coat)? Yes. Hillary Clinton is the antichrist cause a fly landed on her? Absolutely. Vaccines are a way for uhhhhh Bill Gates to put microchips in your blood? Mhm. 5G caused Coronavirus? Yes. Donald Trump is the archangel Uriel? Jesus, yeah, some of them actually believe that.
Because Q is online, and disparate, and anonymous, and based so heavily on interpretation, people can bring whatever personal brand of crazy they want. It’s dangerous, it sucks you in, and it camouflages itself. Here’s why:
The big, center stage of Qanon the reason you, anon, me, and everyone else on Tumblr has to be just as careful as Aunt Karen, is that Q sucks you in by pretending to care about pedophilia and child trafficking.
Do you remember the Wayfair scandal that got a hundred thousand notes a while back? The one about the cabinets on Wayfair being priced high and having the same names as missing girls? Yeah, that was Qanon conspiracy.
Q gets its talons in good people, people like you and me, by pretending it’s about “saving the children.” It pretends that when it wants to kill individual democrats who oppose Trump, it’s because they’re secretly pedophiles. It positions itself as a moral authority against global elites who are trafficking and abusing innocent children and who can argue with that??
I mean, not me. Hollywood DOES have a pedophilia problem. It just isn’t Chrissy Tiegen, ya know? And I’m sure that there are pedophile democrats but look who they’ve put in the center of their conspiracy theory, a dude who is named in a rape case against a 13yo, a dude who was buds with Jeff Epstein.
Also, I think it’s important to note how wacky their idea of pedophilia is, and how nefarious it gets. Their idea of pedophilia isn’t molestation or anything like that. It’s buying a kid on Wayfair and then raping it in a ritual while you cut its face off and take its blood to harvest a magical chemical called Adrenochrome so you can stay young forever (yes, this is blood libel. Hello again, antisemitism!!) This means that they get desensitized to actual, average, everyday pedophilia. This also means that they sucker you into the rest of their far right death cult. Because if the left is doing this, then you have to be on the right, right?
So what is the right doing?
Well, they’re waiting for something they call the Great Awakening. They’re expecting, soon, televised trials and executions of all of these pedophiles (who are, again, just people who oppose Donald Trump). They are expecting a military takeover of America and the world. They are expecting everyone to be forced to watch this to reprogram their brains and get them used to the new world. They’ve been expecting this for a while (and, not to get too scary, but they’re getting impatient, and they’re getting scared what with the election).
I think Q spreads because it makes the world feel safer and more simple, and that appeals to everyone.
I guess, ultimately anon, Qanon is a right wing death cult that most people think they’re too smart and too good for, but I see Tumblr spread pieces of it ALL the time, and it scares the shit outta me. Good people, smart people get lost to this. Be careful out there, do your research, and always think about who stands to gain power from the things you spread.
(Also if you feel comfortable, it is more than okay to reblog this.)