Neo-Nazi groups allegedly targeted disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans as someone who could promote their cause – before he posted a now infamous cartoon featuring a symbol used by the Third Reich
- Leading doctor has declared chef Pete Evans was targeted by neo-Nazi groups
- Leaked chat on Telegram messenger showed belief they could ‘influence’ Evans
- In November, Evans posted a cartoon with neo-Nazi content on his social media
A leading doctor has alleged neo-Nazi groups targeted disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans before he posted a now infamous cartoon featuring the black sun last year.
University lecturer Dr Kaz Ross, who specialises in hate speech and conspiracies, revealed she was sent leaked screenshots of neo-Nazi groups discussing Pete Evans as an individual they could possibly use to promote their political cause.
‘They had already identified him as someone they could turn and they were working on that months before he posted that cartoon,’ she said.
‘The groups are always looking out for opportunities. Way, way back they were saying they saw Pete Evans as someone they could work on and low and behold he delivered.’
A leading doctor has alleged neo-Nazi groups targeted celebrity chef Pete Evans (pictured above)
The offending post from Evans – which featured the Black Sun (pictured above) saw sponsors turn away from the fallen chef in droves
A mock up of the leaked group discussion (pictured above) in a neo-Nazi chat group on Telegram sent to Dr Kaz Ross
In November last year Evans posted a cartoon on his social media pages featuring the neo-Nazi black sun symbol that was widely condemned online.
‘An oldie but a goldie. There are many different interpretations of this image. Peace and love to all always,’ he captioned the image.
The black sun symbol became infamous around the world soon after it was introduced by top-ranking Nazi Heinrich Himmler during World War II.
The symbol has since been used by numerous neo-Nazi groups and by Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant.
Dr Ross told the Daily Telegraph the neo-Nazi groups are actively looking to recruit on new platforms such as Telegram after QAnon groups were removed by Facebook.
Evans is a QAnon follower, the controversial conspiracy group who are adamant the world is run by elites and paedophiles who eat children, with former US President Donald Trump their saviour.
‘They promote the belief that there there is a new world order of elites and they are lying to you and using the media to do it,’ she said.
On Saturday Evans refuted claims he had ever been approached or ‘targeted’ by neo-Nazi representatives on Instagram.
‘I am definitely not the right fit, as I celebrate and love all of the different cultures on the planet, as I believe that biodiversity, and our wonderful uniqueness is the key for harmony,’ he said.
Pete Evans (pictured above with his wife Nicola) is said to be ‘incredibly self aware’ when it comes to promoting or sharing his beliefs on social media
‘I will confess though, I did watch the film “Romper Stomper” about 30 years ago and thought Russell Crowe was a good actor back then.’
The film Evans is referring to tells the story of the exploits and downfall of a neo-Nazi group in blue-collar suburban Melbourne.
Last month, Facebook removed the page of fallen celebrity chef Evans after he repeatedly shared misinformation about the coronavirus.
Evans, who had about 1.5 million followers on the global social media platform, frequently spread conspiracy theories about Covid and vaccines which have been refuted by medical experts.
Book publisher Pan McMillan, Channel 10, Big W, Dymocks, Woolworths, House and Coles have all distanced themselves from Evans in recent months.