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'Conspiracy Theorist' Chokes On Coffee During Live TV Interview

Dominic Smithers

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'Conspiracy Theorist' Chokes On Coffee During Live TV Interview

A 'conspiracy theorist' became a little flustered when he was interviewed about his movement and ended up spewing coffee at the camera. Watch below:


Peter McIndoe runs the 'Birds Aren't Real' group, which, you've guessed it, campaigns on the belief that our feathered friends are fake.

The 23-year-old started the group back in 2017 and claims that birds are in fact drones, which are used by the government to spy on people.


Members drive a van around Los Angeles with huge slogans written across the side of it, such as 'birds charge on power lines' and 'pigeons are liars'.

And McIndoe made quite the impression during a recent interview with WGN9.

Discussing his movement, McIndoe said: "Gen Z is full of some amazing men, women and children that are aiming for change and I think that that is, you know, just what this movement is about."

This is where things go wrong.


After taking a big gulp of his coffee, McIndoe starts to cough and splutter, and spits the contents of his mouth all over the table in front of him.

Peter McIndoe leads the 'Birds Aren't Real' movement. Credit: WGN9
Peter McIndoe leads the 'Birds Aren't Real' movement. Credit: WGN9

He screeches: "Oh my god, I'm so nervous... I'm so sorry!"

Understandably shocked by what they've just seen, the hosts quickly ask if their guest is OK.


One of the presenters says: "Well, we hope you're OK. Why don't we give you some time to collect yourself, and if you need help, let us know in the control room there.

"We'll get back to you if we can."

He then moves on to talk to the weatherman, who asks what just happened.

To which the host says: "I think he was choking on his coffee. It's not easy to be on TV, Paul, some people get nervous and I just hope that that young man is OK."


Now, if you've followed the 'Birds Aren't Real' group for a while, you'll be aware that their members are no stranger to stunts - just a couple of months ago, they protested outside Twitter HQ, demanding it removes the bird from its logo.

So, while the coffee may very well have gone down the wrong way, it's likely it was just another attempt at attracting some attention.

Which it has.


The movement started as a parody, mocking those who follow conspiracy groups such as QAnon.

Speaking to The New York Times last month, McIndoe, who has lived and breathed his persona for some time, said: "Birds Aren’t Real is not a shallow satire of conspiracies from the outside. It is from the deep inside.

"A lot of people in our generation feel the lunacy in all this, and Birds Aren’t Real has been a way for people to process that."

However, he says they have been careful not to go too far with it.

He added: "It was a spontaneous joke, but it was a reflection of the absurdity everyone was feeling.

"Dealing in the world of misinformation for the past few years, we’ve been really conscious of the line we walk.

"The idea is meant to be so preposterous, but we make sure nothing we’re saying is too realistic. That’s a consideration with coming out of character."

Featured Image Credit: WGN9

Topics: Conspiracy Theory, US News, Weird

Dominic Smithers
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