For the past week, rumors regarding the Miami Zombie attack have been going bananas on the Internet. In one version, face-eater Rudy Eugene was infected with something called the LQP-79 virus. A website and YouTube video devoted to the supposed outbreak racked up over 10,000 views in less than 24 hours. Hundreds of commentators feared that the Zombie Apocalypse had finally arrived.
It was all bullshit, of course. But that didn’t stop hoax creator Alfred Moya from having some fun. “The whole underlying point of it was to make a statement about social media and mass hysteria,” says the Ocala-based webmaster. “I spent about an hour and a half on the whole thing and now, five days later, people are still calling from around the world thinking that it’s true.”
The professional web programmer points out that someone else actually came up with the idea for the LQP-79 zombie virus. But when Moya saw how lame that person’s website was, he decided to create his own and help spread the rumor.
His website states the following:
The Miami Cannibal now confirmed by local police to have been a carrier of the deadly LQP-70 mental virus was caught on video eating a man alive. If you have not seen the shocking video of the Miami cannibal eating his human victim you are to be WARNED this video is shocking proof of this deranged zombie like attack on an innocent bystander.
[T]he LQP-79 virus is not a hoax but instead these claims of hoax and fake are being made by the popular media in order to keep the secret that many people are dying and eating each other in America.
President Obama has not even mentioned the word Zombie in the media to the dismay of many of his supporters who are fighting against the fear of a zombie attack. America is not prepared for a zombie virus with no vaccines available and they expect it could take as long as 6 to 8 months to find a suitable human vaccine for the LQP-79 virus.
This is a HOAX. This is a HOAX. This is a HOAX. This is a HOAX. This is a HOAX. This is a HOAX.
I can say it until I am exhasted. It won’t matter. It’s on the internet. Too many people will not get parody and satire and will not understand that it’s a hoax. They will believe this stuff at least for a while until the topic falls away from the spotlight (hopefully, soon). It is a testiment to the lack of critical thinking, poor judgement and sensation environment that the internet and the media use to spread their stories. It’s disgusting and sad.