Celebrity chef turned MAGA-hat wearing conspiracy theorist, Pete Evans, has clarified that a Facebook meme shared on his account, which included blatant neo-Nazi symbolism, does not actually insinuate that he is a Nazi sympathiser. Interesting stuff.
On Monday, Evans posted a meme to Facebook featuring a MAGA-hat wearing caterpillar and a butterfly, adorned with the neo-Nazi Black Sun image on its wings.
The insinuation here is that neo-Nazism is an evolution of the Trump movement. Given Evans has publicly supported Trump in the past, some people have read this as the former celebrity chef announcing his own views.
When one Facebook user pointed out that the image did in fact use the Black Sun, Evans commented in reply: “I was waiting for someone to see that.”
Evans, however, has claimed that his intentions behind the symbol were not to show sympathy for the Nazism movement, but to instead represent “that we all have love and light and darkness in us all.”
“It is fascinating that an image can represent so many things to so many. For many it (the image of the Black Sun) is a representation that we are all evolving from one thing to another,” he wrote in the comments of the controversial post.
“Others see white supremacy of Nazism (which is something I definitely do not align with), others see the symbol on the butterfly as a pagan symbol.”
Despite Evans claiming that this symbol can “represent” anything, all it takes is a quick google search of ‘Black Sun’ and almost every result will point to neo-Nazism.
The comment came as a response to one user commenting: “The self-projection and interpretation from people seeing this post is hilarious. It should provoke realisation, but instead provokes knee-jerk reaction with little thought…”
The Black Sun was originally created by one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany, Heinrich Himmler, who played a large part in the Holocaust. Since then, it has been adopted by the neo-Nazi movement and has been used by a number of far-right extremist groups and individuals, including the Christchurch shooter
Since Evans is denying he intended to promote neo-Nazism, you have to wonder why he called the meme ‘an oldie but a goldie’.
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