FACT CHECK: Video Of Overweight Service Member Is Not Genuine
A video shared on social media purports to show an overweight military service member.
I hope this guy is just a re-enactor. pic.twitter.com/DFYHCqT0vw
— Eric Daniel Kotyk (@SSgtKotyk) November 1, 2023
The claim is inaccurate. The video is from the opening scene of “Jackass Forever.”
Israeli forces have entered Gaza City after they completed an operation to circle the perimeter of the city, The Hill reported. Tthe Israeli Defense Force claimed to have lost 18 service members since they entered the city.
The X post purports a very large service member was spotted on a street. The photo shows a large man dressed in a miliary uniform.
The caption reads, “I hope this guy is just a re-enactor.”
The claim is inaccurate. This video is from the opening scene of Jackass forever. The clip appears to be a behind the scenes shot of the production as film cameras can be seen in the shot. The actor is Zack Holmes who was a writer and cast member of the 2022 film. Clips from the movie with Holmes in costume are visible in the opening scene.
Reports have indicated that the U.S. military is seeing an increase in active service members’ weight. CBS News reported that due to pandemic lockdowns just in the Army nearly 10,000 active service members have developed obesity. The military has warned of this health issue for many years. (RELATED: Video Of Pakistani Air Force Is Old)
This is not the first piece of misinformation that has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim 100 Turkish Navy warships have moved toward Gaza.