Celebrity chef Pete Evans says he didn’t know what neo-Nazi meant amid huge backlash over cartoon
Troubled celebrity chef Pete Evans has made an outrageous claim after sharing a cartoon showing a neo-Nazi symbol cartoon, as more retailers join the long list to cut ties with him.
The disgraced conspiracy theorist has released a video blasting the “mainstream media” for the coverage he has received over the offensive cartoon he shared to his army of followers.
The sharing of the sonnenrad led to him being dumped by his publisher Pan Macmillan, Channel 10’s upcoming season of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here as well as Big W and Dymocks which will strip his cookbooks and kitchenware from their stores.
Now Coles, Target and Kmart are the latest dominoes to fall.
“The health and wellbeing of our customers and communities remains our number one priority. We will not condone or tolerate any form of discrimination or intolerance,” a Kmart Group spokesperson said.
“Unfortunately we feel that recent commentary made by Pete Evans does not reflect our brand values, which is why we have made the decision to remove these book titles from all Kmart and Target stores, effective immediately.”
But Evans has defended himself online, appearing alongside his horse to insist he’s not a racist and didn’t even know what the term neo-Nazi meant.
“Well just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any more bizarre, the mainstream media have come out and labelled me a racist and a neo-Nazi,” he said.
“The fact that I had to actually Google what neo-Nazi meant is pretty telling.”
His statement comes despite the fact that he acknowledged the outrage over the sonnenrad only yesterday, saying: “I was waiting for someone to notice that”.
But Evans says media reports are a “load of garbage” and the man who has publicly laughed off the idea that people could spread coronavirus insists all he cares about is people’s health.
“Anybody who knows me knows I stand for long term, sustainable health for all humanity. I don’t think there’s anymore I need to say except peace, love to you all,” he said.
Evans, whose workload has lightened in recent days, may also have been sending a message to fans with a cap emblazoned with the words: “The worst day fishing is better than the best day working”.
The sonnengrad, or sunwheel, is one of a number of ancient European symbols appropriated by the Nazis in their attempt to invent an idealised “Aryan/Norse” heritage, according to anti-hate group ADL.
The swastika is considered a variant of the sonnengrad.
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