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Fact Check: That Viral Vid of a WEF Speaker Shouting Profanities at Klaus Schwab in 2024 Davos Meeting Isn't Real

Screenshot via X
Screenshot via X

Claim:

A participant at the 2024 World Economic Forum in Davos said “[expletive] you” and "[expletive] your new world order" on stage to Chairman Klaus Schwab.

Rating:

Rating: Labeled Satire
Rating: Labeled Satire

In mid-January 2024, a viral video purportedly showed a participant at the 2024 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, saying “[expletive] you” onstage to WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab.

The participant appears to stare down Schwab while standing on stage and adds, “[expletive] your new world order. We the people were born free, we will stay free, and you and all of your globalist friends including everyone in this room can go [expletive] yourselves.”

The video was also uploaded to YouTube:

It appeared to originate from Damon Imani, a content creator, on Jan. 16, 2024, as it had his name as a watermark on the top left.

(@damonimani/X)

Many online users reposted the video, including this post in French with the caption: “A guest like no other, Damon Imani on stage at #WEF in Davos.”

Some people appeared to think the video was authentic. It is a work of satire, however, as pointed out by Imani, the original creator and the man in the video. In a post below the original video, he wrote, “Satire but true. This video is also available on Rumble here and Klaus Schwab can go f himself.” Based on that statement, and the lack of any evidence at all confirming the incident happened, we rate this claim as Labeled Satire.

According to his website (emphasis, ours):

Damon Imani is an Iranian producer and artist based in Denmark, who creates video content related to various topics, including societal issues, news, and current events. Known for his satirical approach, Imani draws attention to societal and political issues through his work.

With the tense political climate of the world in the 2016-20 era, Imani's content gained traction from social media users from both sides, as well as public figures such as Donald Trump, Joe Rogan, Alex Jones, Elon Musk, and many other influential figures. His work has also been featured in major media outlets such as USA Today, InfoWars, The Associated Press, BPR Politics And Business, and many more.

It is also obvious from the contrast in lighting on Imani's face compared with the lighting on Schwab that Imani edited himself onto the WEF stage.

Posting on X after his video gained more attention, Imani complained about the language of the community note being placed under his original video, writing, “I've requested additional review. Even the language of this CN is laughable; 1. It links to my own notice. Duh! 2. Makes opinion based argument that I can't use "breaking" for something that's not breaking. This is a straightforward hijack of Community Notes to demonetize a very smart immigrant.”

This is not the first time we have fact checked false claims involving Schwab. The WEF, as we have reported in the past, is an influential, international, non-governmental organization known for fostering private-public partnerships around economy, international development, and more. The organization, which Schwab founded in 1971, is the target of many conspiracy theories surrounding its real-life ties to elite networks that online rumor-mongers believe are nefariously planning to create totalitarian regimes.

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.

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Imani, Damon. “New? Start Here!” Damon Imani, 15 Oct. 2018, https://damonimani.com/about. Accessed 17 Jan. 2024.

Kasprak, Alex. “Was World Economic Forum Vice Chairman Aboard the Collapsed Titan Submersible?” Snopes, 23 June 2023, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/wef-titan-submersible/. Accessed 17 Jan. 2024.

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