Fact-Check #1: Camels using Botox?


Screen Shot 2018-01-27 at 3.09.20 PMSource: Buzzfeed News [This photo was taken by Palestinian Photographer, Fayez Nureldine

        Scrolling through Instagram between classes, before bed, and in the mornings has become quite a habit for me when it seems I have nothing better to do. I follow quite a few news accounts, @buzzfeednews being one of them. Buzzfeed has the tendency to post stories and articles that have no apparent relevancy to the world; or in other words, are just plain bull-crap. The title read, “A ‘Camel Beauty Contest’ had to disqualify 12 camels for using Botox.” At first, I thought this was simply ridiculous, but my curiosity and the more recent attention that has been brought to animal cruelty made me wonder: Would someone really inject a camel with Botox to win a beauty pageant? Are camel beauty pageants even a real thing? I then decided to look through the comments to see how others were reacting to the post. 


Source: Buzzfeed News

I discovered that not only my thoughts on the topic were on the scale trying to decide whether or not this was true; but it was apparent that the thoughts of fellow instagram users was the same. Before I did anything else, I went to google and typed in “Camels using Botox”, the same image that Buzzfeed used was also posted on various different sites including the following:

The picture went viral, and in a brief view, all the sources had similar titles, claiming that a dozen camels had been disqualified from the pageant. In a quest to find more information, I decided to stick to the first post I saw regarding this information and visit Buzz Feed’s original site to go upstream. Unfortunately, the post contained only the bear minimum of information, all I could find was the following: 

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Other than this short quote and reference to “the National”, nothing else on the page was cited nor sourced. I’ve never actually heard of the National, so I clicked the link to investigate further. The first thing I noticed was that the BuzzFeed post was posted on January 23, 2018, at 3:34 p.m. The post on the National had last been January 23, 2018 09:03 PM, obviously some information had been changed from the original source and Buzz feed did not update their information following these changes.  As I read through the post, I also noticed that while Buzzfeed’s post claimed that 12 camels were disqualified for using Botox, the post on the National claimed 12 contestants were disqualified. According the following video imbedded into the post, each contestant carries fifty camels.  So that would mean that 600 camels were actually disqualified from the contest. However, as I read through this article I thought back to the others I scanned through, 2/3 of those articles claimed 12 camels were disqualified, not 12 contestants. 


The video above was posted on the National’s webpage embedded into the article. It’s useful because it gives those like myself, a little bit of background knowledge on exactly what a camel beauty contest is and what they represent in this country. To add this video to this post, I actually had to google search the title, “The Super Bowl of camel pageantry”.  I was able to find it on youtube posted by The Nationals verified YouTube Account.

I must admit, the page and information seemed legit; But before ending my search and disregarding the information I read elsewhere, I tried to use some of the fact checking sources. However, I couldn’t find anything on the National or camels using botox. So instead, I continued onto Washington Post because I am more familiar with the site, and something tells me they could be more credible than the National. What I found surprised me.

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source: Washington Post

Like Buzzfeed, Washington Post also sourced it’s information from the National as well. I did take into consideration that Washingtons post held more similarities to the Nationals. The Guardian also referenced the National along with USA today.

In conclusion, because all of these sources credited the national, I would like to believe that this is indeed something that happened. Unfortunately, referring back to my original source, Buzzfeed. I would say that their post was only half true.


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