According To Latest QAnon Conspiracy Theory 'Watch The Water,' 'Snake Venom Is In Your Drinking Water And COVID Isn't Real'

April 12th, 2022 - 3:01 PM EDT by Aidan Walker

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Snake venom entering a glass of water, next to a Tweet critiquing the Watch the Water documentary.

A conspiracy theory documentary called Watch the Water trended across social media platforms like Twitter and Telegram today, leading to many memes and comments about its outlandish claims.

The phrase “watch the water” comes from a 2018 post by the anonymous user Q on 4chan and has been repurposed by QAnon movement filmmaker Stew Peters and Dr. Bryan Ardis (whose medical credentials have been questioned by many online) as the title of a recently released documentary.

The documentary proposes that COVID-19 is not a virus at all but rather snake venom put into the water supply by a "probably satanic cabal."

The format of the documentary is an interview of Ardis by Peters, interspersed with images and visual aids.

Ardis cites the CDC and media’s opposition to purported COVID-19 treatments, such as Ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and other therapies promoted online, as evidence of these claims. The fact that some medications used against snake venom are not being used to fight a respiratory virus means to Ardis that the government wants people to get sick and fears that they will be cured if they take antivenom.

The documentary (which is “just asking questions”) suggests the snake venom that supposedly causes COVID-19 is already in the water supply, and people must reassess their relationships with familiar sources of water in the home such as faucets, showers and even toilets.

Others pointed out "facts," such as the increased severity of COVID in people with preexisting conditions, as evidence of the snake venom theory.

Opposing voices on the internet dismissed Watch the Water as an absurd conspiracy, making memes mocking those who believed it. Certain commentators identified common themes between Watch the Water and older antisemitic conspiracies about Jews "poisoning wells." In addition to bearing the mark of a more ancient conspiracy theory tradition, Watch the Water also fits into the QAnon expanded universe, incorporating aspects of the Q narrative and coming out of the same network of people. Further, the documentary makes an argument linking the satanic cabal's use of snake venom in the plandemic to the Biblical story of the Satanic snake that tempted Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden.

Twitter purportedly responded to the documentary by blocking and removing tweets about it, presumably following reports by users or detection by content moderators. Despite actions taken by Twitter, however, the phrase trended widely and supporters of the conspiracy sought ways to evade detection by the algorithm by tweeting in code or replacing flagged words with others.

So while snake venom likely isn’t in the water, conspiracy theories are definitely in the socials once again.

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in reply to Jellopy

I want to be the Deep State guy whose job it is to manage all those cobras. Just a massive warehouse of cobras hissing and stuff and just me and some Deep State Clones driving forklifts and shit around to milk them all of their poison.


I wonder who is going to break it to them that venom is generally non-toxic.
It tends to only be dangerous if injected and if they get hydrated primarily through injections that's more of a them problem.


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