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Australian celebrity chef dropped by publisher, TV show over neo-Nazi post

Pete Evans, who previously promoted COVID conspiracy theories of Holocaust denier, under fire for sharing cartoon on Instagram featuring Nazi black sun symbol

Pete Evans. (Screen capture via JTA)
Pete Evans. (Screen capture via JTA)

JTA — Pete Evans, an Australian celebrity chef, has lost his book publisher and was dropped from a TV show after he shared a neo-Nazi symbol on Instagram.

This isn’t the first time Evans, who promotes the paleo diet, has sparked backlash. He has denied that he is a neo-Nazi and the post appears to be deleted.

In May, he was criticized for promoting the coronavirus conspiracy theories of David Icke, a Holocaust denier. Icke also believes that the world is secretly controlled by a race of lizard people known as reptilians. Evans has also called COVID-19 a “hoax.”

Despite those controversies, Evans’ books were still widely sold and he was set to appear on a reality show called “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here,” according to the Guardian.

But he is being condemned after sharing a cartoon on Instagram featuring a caterpillar wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat talking to a butterfly emblazoned with a black sun symbol called the “sonnenrad.”

The Anti-Defamation League defines the sonnenrad as a neo-Nazi symbol and says it “is one of a number of ancient European symbols appropriated by the Nazis in their attempt to invent an idealized ‘Aryan/Norse’ heritage.”

Because of the post, Evans’ books have been removed from multiple supermarket chains and he will no longer be on the reality show.

Evans said in a Facebook video that he had to look up the term “neo-Nazi,” which was widely used, after he was accused of being one.

“Sincere apologies to anyone who misinterpreted a previous post of a caterpillar and a butterfly having a chat over a drink and perceived that I was promoting hatred,” he wrote in an earlier post. “I look forward to studying all of the symbols that have ever existed and research them thoroughly before posting.”

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