“The idea is meant to be so preposterous, but we make sure nothing we’re saying is too realistic. That’s a consideration with coming out of character,” said Peter McIndoe, the 23-year-old founder of the movement.
McIndoe is a college dropout in Memphis, Tennessee and founded the movement on a whim in 2017.
The article also noted that many members of the movement are a part of an activism group called the Bird Brigade and grew up around misinformation. Some also have family members that fell prey to conspiracy theories.
”A lot of people in our generation feel the lunacy in all this, and Birds Aren’t Real has been a way for people to process that.”
Members of Birds Aren’t Real have also emerged as a political force. Many join forces with counter-protesters and true conspiracy theorists to de-escalate tensions and vilify the individuals walking beside them with obnoxious chants.
McIndoe also claimed that supporters of the proposed law “had signs with very graphic imagery and were very aggressive in condemning people.”
As a result, the Bird Brigade, on the other hand, began chanting, “Birds aren’t real.” Their yells soon drowned out the anti-abortion protesters, who dispersed.
McIndoe further noted that he has “a lot of excitement” for the new year.
He hopes to collaborate with prominent content creators and independent media platforms Channel 5 News, which is “committed to traversing the country and bringing you the rawest reportage of cultural happenings and major news events for the remainder of 2021 and beyond.”
“Yes, we have been intentionally spreading misinformation for the past four years, but it’s with a purpose. It’s about holding up a mirror to America in the internet age,” McIndoe said.