Marvel actor Mark Ruffalo found himself at the center of controversy after sharing a misleading post about former President Donald Trump. Ruffalo, known for his portrayal of the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, retweeted a post accusing Trump of traveling to Epstein Island with underage girls.
However, it was later revealed that the allegations were based on AI-generated images, leading to a wave of criticism against the actor for spreading unverified information.
The original post claimed that Trump was seen in photos with different groups of young girls, none of whom were his relatives. Wheeler’s tweet, which quickly gained traction online, was designed to paint a damning picture of the former president.
Gross. #MAGA wants to paint everyone on those flights as pedophiles except the one guy who smiles in a group of young girls all headed to Epstein’s “Fantasy Island” with him. My bet is there are some decent republicans left in America that may think this is going too far. https://t.co/e0IWT1lnCZ
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 5, 2024
Ruffalo, amplifying the message, added his voice to the mix, expressing disgust and calling out MAGA supporters for allegedly turning a blind eye to Trump’s supposed actions.
However, the narrative took an unexpected turn when it was discovered that the photos in question were not authentic but were, in fact, AI-generated. Twitter fact-checked the tweet with an article from Lead Stories, which debunked the authenticity of the images. The article clarified that the photos were digitally created and did not depict real events or people.
The exposure of the truth led to a backlash against Ruffalo, with critics accusing him of being quick to judge and spread false information. Ruffalo is known for his outspoken political views, particularly his support for liberal causes.
You're spreading an absolute lie, Mark. Not that you'd be at all bothered by that.
— VonPhul (@BaronVonPhul) January 5, 2024
Dude, you're sharing clearly fake AI pictures.
I don't like Trump but he was one of the first people to go to police about Epstein and was the only one that worked with prosecutors.
Making politics out of child molestation is disgusting.
— World Alternative Media (@WorldAltMedia) January 5, 2024
The Hulk is more real than these pictures…
— Kevin Dalton (@TheKevinDalton) January 5, 2024
You are a moron. There’s nothing else to say.
— Rob Schmitt (@SchmittNYC) January 5, 2024
Imagine being so Trump Deranged that you fall for the worst AI generated photos in history and then post them on your X feed 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) January 5, 2024