October 22, 2022 – 5:55 pm
A Summerland couple launch a podcast about families affected by outlandish conspiracy theories when their own family fell down a QAnon rabbit hole.
Courtney Simmonds is the founder of Porthos Media with her husband John. The couple are launching the podcast Q-Dropped: Stories of Relationships Torn Apart by QAnon on October 25.
The Q-Dropped podcast is released every two weeks, with episodes telling global stories of people grappling with the rift between loved ones who have become susceptible to these conspiracy theories.
QAnon is an American political conspiracy theory claiming that former President Donald Trump is secretly waging war against Satan-worshipping pedophiles in government, business and the media.
Simmonds said trouble started cropping up in her family in 2021 when she and her brother encouraged their parents, who are in their 70s, to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“They kept making excuse after excuse after excuse, so we were finally like ‘what’s going on?’ And that’s when we realized they’d been sucked into QAnon and since then it’s been a roller coaster ride with them and it’s kind of like they’ve been sucked into a cult and they are no longer the people we grew up with and it has been very difficult and very emotional, ”she said.
In a quest to help her recover from the fracture within her family, she realized it was a problem facing families all over the world.
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The podcast was a way for her to show other families who were affected that they weren’t alone, she said.
“You just have to accept that’s who they are now,” she said.
They’ve interviewed people around the world, but hope to speak with local people in the Okanagan, she said.
The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, YouTube, iHeart Radio and Amazon Music.
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