When you’re a Hoaxtead pusher, some arguments just never get old. For instance: how often have we heard the chestnut about “if the accused cult members in Hampstead were really innocent, why didn’t they just drop their drawers in public and show the world their lack of tattoos?”
Yes, too often to count.
And yet that doesn’t stop Kristie Sue Costa from dredging it up yet again on her Facebook page, this time via a shared video from George Antoniou, aka GeorgeGreekTrucker:
We’ve tried (God knows) to explain to the hard-of-thinking the multitude of reasons that “immediately [having one’s] privates photographed by a trusted gynecologist who would then issue an exonerating statement on [one’s] behalf” would be a colossal waste of time.
We’ve explained that under the rule of law, the onus of proof lies with the accuser. It’s this little thing called “innocent until proven guilty”, and that doesn’t mean “proven guilty by a bunch of village idiots carrying pitchforks and torches, baying for blood”. It means “proven guilty in a court of law”.
We’ve explained that there are no “accused” in this case; there’s just a hit-list of people compiled by Ella and Abe, based solely upon their own grudges.
But perhaps the most compelling reason to ignore the Hoaxtead mobs’ incessant demands to look at other people’s private bits is this: no matter what they were shown, they would find some reason to discount the evidence in front of their noses.
Evidence doesn’t matter
A while ago we ran across this video, in which James Alefantis, owner of the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., attempted to demonstrate to the troofers outside his establishment that there was nothing eerie or unusual about his restaurant:
To us, he seems friendly (far more so than the troofers’ behaviour warrants), open, and honest. He shows some of the troofers around the place, opening up all the doors, answering their questions candidly, and attempting to assuage their concerns.
After this, of course, they all went home feeling ashamed of their behaviour, and vowed to take up needlepoint or building model aeroplanes instead of hounding innocent people online.
Haha, just kidding. No, they did exactly what all troofers do when confronted with information that contradicts their firmly held beliefs: they scoured this video for “clues” that Mr Alefantis was being less than honest. They refused to believe the evidence in front of their eyes, and instead focused on the “evidence” they themselves had invented.
Have a look at the nearly 8,000 comments below this video. While some hardy souls have attempted to inject some common sense into the discussion, most of the commenters are determined to “prove” that the evidence in the video was somehow faked, or incomplete, or an attempt to “gaslight” the conspiraloons.
By the way, this video was posted on 22 November. Two weeks later, a man armed with an assault-style rifle decided to launch his own “personal investigation” of Comet Ping Pong. So much for helping defuse the troofers’ hysteria through logic, reason, and openness.
And this, Kristie Sue, is why troofers can’t have nice things.
If every parent and teacher in Hampstead were to troop down to the nearest police station and demand to have their privates examined, photographed, and published for the benefit of the Hoaxtead mobsters, it would take approximately five seconds before the first troofer posted, “Those photos were faked”, or “the police aren’t telling us the truth”, or “they’ve had a year and a half to get their tattoos removed”.
This is because conspiraloons don’t base their beliefs on demonstrable evidence or facts. They make their tiny little minds up first, and then they twist and distort the evidence until it fits with what they already believe. If they can’t make it fit, they claim it’s irrelevant. Or they just outright lie.
For example, Kristie Sue already knows that several of the other children were interviewed during the police investigation. We’ve discussed that here in the past. However, it suits her agenda to ignore the facts, and make the false claim, “The other children were never interviewed. Did you know that?”
It’s a lie, she knows it’s a lie, but her readers will lap it up…because it meshes with what they already believe. What they desperately want to believe.
Mr Alefantis found this out the hard way. Too bad he didn’t ask us before he went to the trouble—we’d have told him not to bother.