crisis actor

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crisis actor

1. Someone who portrays a victim in a training drill for emergency personnel, such as firefighters and EMTs. I volunteered to be a crisis actor at my local hospital's disaster drill.
2. conspiracy theory Someone who impersonates a victim of a tragic incident, typically a mass shooting, that has been staged. The concept originated with conspiracy theorists who claim that such actors are employed by governments or secret organizations attempting to stage such incidents to gain support for a particular agenda. The term gained widespread attention when some survivors of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were claimed to be crisis actors by conspiracy theorists in the aftermath of the shooting. Can you believe that some people think the Parkland kids were crisis actors paid to be there to further the liberal agenda on gun control? How sick is that?
See also: actor, crisis
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Egged on by rabid conspiracy theorists like one Alex Jones (who has since been 'deplatformed' from YouTube and Twitter) this lot started saying that the bereaved were 'crisis actors' who were putting on a show.
The idea that tragic events are created by "crisis actors" employed by the government has become the default explanation for many events today, from 9/11 to mass shootings.
It was just weeks after 26 people were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School when Lenny Pozner first saw people speculating online that the rampage had been staged, with crisis actors responding to a fake attack.
But, his twisted logic goes, since those websites now often seek to sideline some hateful speech -- Louis Farrakhan calling Jews insects, or Alex Jones calling Newtown victims crisis actors, to name two examples -- they must prove they aren't being biased in their decisionmaking, or risk losing the law's special protections.
It asserted that Noah's death certificate was fake, that Pozner's son never existed and that the Sandy Hook parents were crisis actors. These are similar claims that have been pushed by conspiracy theorists and personalities like Jones.
Solomon noted proliferation on social media over students in the Parkland school shooting being crisis actors instead of victims of violence, and over a group of migrants from Honduras who are making their way north being funded by "rich liberals."
Another issue that arose during the aftermath were claims that the survivors were in fact "crisis actors" whose involvement was faked by liberals hoping to press for tighter controls on guns.
We do not know how many of those 110,000 shares were trolls or bots, those crisis actors of the online world.
A loud chorus of rightists was not content merely to denounce proposed gun control measures: they claimed the massacre had not happened at all, and that all those grieving parents and teenagers were "crisis actors".
He's vilified the parents of the victims and asserted that they were crisis actors in a staged event.
They believe that the Parkland shooting victims are crisis actors, that 9/11 was a fake, that The Holocaust never happened.
At one point, the top trending story on YouTube was a conspiracy video attempting to prove some Stoneman Douglas students were actually "crisis actors." YouTube pulled the video and vowed to "improve our systems" going forward.
The crisis attributes examined here are the number of crisis actors and the duration of the international crisis.
Thus, we look at whether a crisis was followed by a "militarized dispute" between the crisis actors within ten years of the original crisis.
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