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Update: Santino Rice Says Anti-Vaxxer Tweets Were a Hack

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He has since deleted them all.

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UPDATE (4/28/2020): A barrage of 15+ tweets sent from Santino Rice's official Twitter account seem to be the product of a hack according to screenshots sent to Out. The hack lasted over the weekend and Rice says came as the result of a lost iPhone.

"I have years worth of drafts," Rice tells Out. "I think of things all the time and then just save them for later or never." According to Rice, the tweets, which likened using vaccines to injecting disinfectants, were exaggerated versions of his drafts, likely meant to have fun at his expense.

"I've tweeted about vaccines and health-related things in the past," Rice continues. "The tweets I'm reading that were posted were obviously trying to piss people off. I don't think people should drink bleach or whatever else was insinuated. I understand that it relates to something Trump said but I also see that someone was having fun making people mad today."

Rice has deleted all of the tweets since regaining control of his account.

ORIGINAL (4/27/2020): These are some wild times we are living in these days. Truly, wild. With a global pandemic centered on a sometimes-fatal virus, people are looking for ways to protect themselves. In addition to social distancing guidelines, there's a global race to the vaccine. Donald Trump has suggested injecting disinfectants to fight the virus -- hopefully, we don't have to tell you to not do this. And while many have rightfully called out the suggestion as ludicrous, former Project Runway contestant andRuPaul's Drag Race judge Santino Rice had an ... interesting perspective.

"There is really no difference between injecting disinfectant or injecting a random vaccine," Rice wrote to Twitter Sunday night. "This, I believe, is the silver lining. Make sure to let me know how wrong I am. But then do some research to prove me wrong."

Is that ... an anti-vaxxer on the timeline?!

"People who disagree with my earlier tweet regarding vaccines only want to tell me how ignorant I am," he continued in a follow-up tweet. He had, understandably, received quite a bit of pushback. "Instead of trying to educate on why they think injecting random chemicals into the body is a good thing, they try to attack me and leave hateful messages. LOL."

You say "random" chemicals, I say chemicals tested by scientists and doctors; tomato, tomahto! The tweets continued for some time before Rice decided to clarify his perspective.

"Slow down, I know that you like to label people and call them your enemy," he wrote on Monday "I don't identify as an Anti-vaxxer. Stop labeling me as such." The tweet was the 10th in the rant.

"I'm not a Pro-vaxxer either. For some of you, this rhetoric is your full-time job. I won't cure you of hatred with 1 tweet but check yourself." Well then, understood!

And for those who may have been a little unclear about his point: "I would no sooner inject a vaccine as I would a disinfectant," he wrote in a final post. "(This means that I would not inject either. I hope that makes things clear.)"

Clear as rain! See all of the tweets below.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.