‘Unvaccinated sperm’ auction spot
A sulphurous Chinese billionaire in exile organizes an online sale of the substance presented as “white gold” and “the future Bitcoin”.
Guo Wengui, close to Trumpist networks, organized an online auction of “unvaccinated sperm” on the conservative social network Gettr in June. The idea that the sperm of men who have not received an injection against Covid-19 will soon be in high demand has its origins in conspiracy theories, which claim, without any evidence, that vaccines cause massive sterility.
“Sperm and eggs from our fellow fighters will be auctioned on our Gettr platform between June 1 and June 6,” Guo announced in February. Hunted by China, where he is accused of having orchestrated a complex fraud aimed at extorting more than a billion dollars from thousands of people who follow him online, the tycoon is close to the former adviser to Donald Trump , Steve Bannon.
Guo Wengui claims to have nearly 6,000 eggs and “a few million sperm” from unvaccinated donors in stock. These new kind of auctions will also include “my own sperm, of course”, he specified. But his recent arrest by American justice could well derail his plans.
Whether these auctions take place or not, they have already caused a stir on Gettr, with fans of the billionaire seeing it as an opportunity to “save the future of humanity” or claiming that unvaccinated male sperm is “the future bitcoin”. “These auctions are based, more broadly, on false arguments that Covid vaccines have harmed fertility,” John Gregory of the NewsGuard information watchdog told AFP. “Vaccine misinformation writers propagate this claim, despite numerous medical studies showing that vaccines do not negatively impact fertility in both men and women.”
Guo Wengui did not specify how the liquid would be tested or shipped. But he promised to use “scientific methods” and to ask for a letter from a lawyer to certify that the donor had not been vaccinated. The project is part of the so-called “pure blood” movement, which falsely claims that the Covid-19 vaccine contaminates the body. Those who believe in it therefore avoid at all costs the blood transfusions of vaccinated people – but also their sperm, or even their breast milk.
These smoky theories have lucrative potential, which has piqued the interest of some anti-vaccine activists. Unvaccinated male sperm has even been dubbed “the new white gold” by one enthusiastic Gettr user. “Unvaccinated sperm available” mugs and t-shirts can also be purchased on Amazon and eBay.
In February, the Indonesian Ministry of Health however rejected the conclusions of a false article shared on social networks, which relayed this thesis, according to the AFP digital investigation teams. According to expert John Gregory, “These auctions follow a well-known pattern, in which people who spread anti-vaccine misinformation sell products to profit from their false claims.”