David Hogg has become a talk of the town, he emerged as the strong voice among the survivors of the recent gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 innocent students and teachers dead last week.
Hogg received so much attention from the very popular and powerful platform — YouTube. But the platform only made the 17-year-old a subject of smear campaigns and false conspiracy theories.
According to those demonstrably false controversial theories, either Hogg has been “coached” by his former FBI agent dad; or the teen is a “pawn” for anti-gun campaigners; or the boy is a “crisis actor” not a victim of mass shooting, who has been paid to argue against stricter gun laws in nation.
In the Tuesday’s episode of CNN’s “AC360,” Hogg told Anderson Cooper, “I’m not a crisis actor.” The teen went on to say, “I’m someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that.”
He added, “I’m not acting on anybody’s behalf.”
US Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida came forward in defense of the student on social media as the false theories continued circulating. Rubio took to Twitter on Tuesday and wrote, “Claiming some of the students on TV after Parkland are actors is the work of a disgusting group of idiots with no sense of decency.”
Claiming some of the students on tv after #Parkland are actors is the work of a disgusting group of idiots with no sense of decency
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 20, 2018
Hogg and his many classmates have been demanding for stricter gun laws since they witnessed the mass shooting at their Florida high school last week.
Since then, numerous of memes and YouTube videos with false conspiracy theories have been surfaced, claiming that some of the students — who have been outspoken about stricter gun laws and need for taking an action for it — are “actors” paid to travel to disaster sites across the country to argue against stricter gun laws.