President Obama Warns About The Dangers Of Fake News. Oh Wait, That's Not President Obama.

"It's a time when we need to rely on trusted news sources."

In this day and age, fake news is one of our biggest issues as a country. Thanks to a new video from BuzzFeed that's laugh-inducing but holds an important message, we can see just how easily misinformation can dupe us if we're not vigilant for the truth.


At first glance, it seems as though President Obama is delivering an important speech to the camera. Then, pretty quickly, he starts saying some really off-the-wall things, such as "Killmonger [from Black Panther] was right," "Ben Carson is in the sunken place," and — most provocatively — "President Trump is a total and complete dipshit."

"We're entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time — even if they would never say those things," the voice — revealed to be Oscar-winning Get Out director Jordan Peele — coming out of the former president's mouth says. "This is a dangerous time. Moving forward, we need to be more vigilant with what we trust from the internet."

The former Key & Peele star came up with the idea for this video project along with brother-in-law Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed's CEO. They enlisted the help of Jared Sosa, one of BuzzFeed's video producers, to manipulate the Obama footage to match Peele's words. Fifty-six hours and a few easily accessible pieces of software later, this is the result.

Overall, the message here is to not let fake news — which has become more and more rampant — become normalized in an era of "alternative facts." There have been countless stories that have ended up being fake news, including but not limited to: Pizzagate, many involving Pope Francis, and ones about the Parkland students being crisis actors.

"It's a time when we need to rely on trusted news sources," Peele as Obama concludes. "It may sound basic, but how we move forward in the Age of Information is going to be the difference between whether we survive or whether we become some kind of fucked-up dystopia."

Check out BuzzFeed's fake news PSA here:


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