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Why an AIDS Charity Made a Deepfake of Trump

Is this deepfake of President Trump too misleading? Here's why the charity that created the video is standing by it.

"AIDS is over"

This deepfake video of President Trump was criticized in France for being misleading. French AIDS organization Solidarité Sida created the deepfake for its #Treatment4All campaign for universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment. AIDS has already killed nearly 35 million people worldwide. Today, nearly 700 to 800,000 people die from it per year because they have limited access to the therapy. In 2018, nearly 38 million people were living with HIV worldwide according to UNAIDS.

“It took 30 years to eradicate this horrible disease, which killed so many people, so many, so sad. And so, the idea was that this is unfortunately the kind of thing we had to do to get the attention of the media and the general public. So, it’s sad but fighting AIDS is not enough. You have to exhibit your commitment and the realities of the cause to be more effective. It seems to me that it was worth it. The risk was worth taking. And that we managed it carefully enough that we didn’t come across as trying to fool people into thinking it was real. We know that the U.S. is a country that’s been committed to fighting AIDS for a very long time, and that it’s the leading contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. We weren’t targeting the U.S. with this video. It was about Trump and the character he represents, and we thought it would be funny to leverage his personality, whether in a disparaging way or not, to make our movement a lot more visible,” Solidarité Sida Founder Luc Barruet tells Brut.

President George W. Bush helped establish two new initiatives: the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Over 17 million people received life-saving treatment based on a report from The Global Fund.

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10/08/2019 9:58 PM
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17 comments

  • Brut
    10/08/2019 22:02

    Can you tell if this video of Kim Kardashian is fake or real?

  • Ariana A.
    10/08/2019 22:05

    You'd have to be a moron to think this was real..

  • Abraham Y.
    10/09/2019 02:52

    Although fake channels give false numbers in opinion polls, ground reality shows massive support for Trump. For the first time AOC was booed in a town hall meeting. For the first time, Pelosi meeting was attacked by protestors with Impeach Pelosi placards. So for the success of Republicans in 2020 they have to support Trump. Trump's conduct doesn't fall outside the institutional boundaries. Trump's call to Zerensky is not an act of high crimes and misdemeanor. Trump should approach the Supreme court for interpretation. SCOTUS is the competent authority to interpret the constitution. According to sources, Schiff has bribed and brainwashed the whistleblowers, when Mueller failed to prove Russian collusion. If Schiff wants to impeach Trump for contacting Zerensky, why Obama wasn't impeached? Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy noted at National Review that then-President Barack Obama’s administration asked Ukraine to investigate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in 2016. Why Bush was not impeached? When Bush was a candidate, he phoned to John Major, prime minister, to get details about Clinton's involvement in sex, drug and politics when he was a student in London.

  • Ramon O.
    10/09/2019 03:11

    OMG! I love moi...moi....moi.

  • Maureen S.
    10/09/2019 11:07

    He sucks

  • Josh W.
    10/09/2019 13:15

    it looks sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad. i know deepfake artists that can do WAYYYYYYYYYY better than that.

  • Gabriele L.
    10/09/2019 15:45

    Idiot

  • Kathy F.
    10/10/2019 02:37

    Fake news

  • David A.
    10/10/2019 21:17

    You are going to jail funk motherfuker

  • Margaret C.
    10/12/2019 02:10

    Creepy

  • Keith R.
    10/13/2019 14:39

    Now tell me again... how is it you contract AIDS? That’s right! It’s your promiscuous lifestyle! Change that! You fix the problem!

  • Diego J.
    10/14/2019 04:38

    This page is too cringe

  • Louis C.
    10/15/2019 01:51

    Trump 2020

  • Christopher B.
    5 days

    I respect your Republic, but I hope you all know that using Trump makes you a target. And his haters attack indescriminately.

  • James S.
    5 days

    Know how I know it's a deepfake? Trump is depicted as having empathy and awareness of something bigger than himself.

  • Valerie H.
    3 days

    Why did they have to use the US president for this? Why not use their own leader?

  • Baxter L.
    2 days

    vote democrat and continue to be srupid proven daily