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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 6, 2024

This ‘non-woke’ studio doesn’t exist, and X owner Elon Musk didn’t invest $1 billion in it

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  • This claim originated on a self-described satire page.

False claims about actors Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg launching a "non-woke" film studio are inspiring even more misinformation. 

Such a studio doesn’t exist, Gibson’s publicist told Reuters in April. Even so, X owner Elon Musk is investing in it, according to a recent Threads post. 

"Breaking: Elon Musk invests $1 billion in Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg’s new un-woke production studio," the June 3 post said.  

This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

Representatives for Gibson and Wahlberg didn’t immediately respond to PolitiFact’s questions about the post, but it originated on a Facebook account that describes its content as satire. 

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"Nothing on this page is real," the account’s bio says. 

Searching online news sources for credible reports of such a cinematic deal, we found only other fact-checks. 

We rate claims Musk invested $1 billion into Gibson and Wahlberg’s "non-woke" studio False.


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