Pete Evans’ Paleo To Alt-Right Pipeline Tackled On ‘Maintenance Phase’

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  • Aug 04, 2022

Pete Evans’ Paleo To Alt-Right Pipeline Tackled On ‘Maintenance Phase’

The hosts also criticized the Australian media about Evans for “giving credence” to Evans’ comments.

If there’s one thing we love here at Junkie, it’s Americans discovering and grilling our most embarrassing celebrities.

The latest Australian public figure to fall prey to American commentators is Pete Evans, in an episode of Maintenance phase.

Starting from October 2020, Maintenance phase Hosted by author and investigative journalists Michael Hobbs and Aubrey Gordon. Every second Tuesday, Gordon & Hobbs tackles a different topic related to toxic diet culture and fatphobia.

Their last episode detailed the history of the Paleo Diet with an unflattering look at Pete Evans. After briefly introducing Evans as a “life-size annoying Ken doll,” Hobbs and Gordon discuss how Evans went from stomping on paleo to spouting alt-right conspiracy theories in two hour-long episodes.

The first episode introduces Pete Evans as a lifelong Paleo fan. Hobbs and Gordon then break down the Paleo Diet’s historical ties to eugenics advocates, as well as the complete lack of evidence-based health benefits.

At the end of the first episode, they begin going through Evan’s worst hits, including his Paleo cookbook for babies, “Daddy Yum Yum,” which the federal Department of Health ordered Evans to shelve, Evans’ now infamous claims that Paleo cures autism, as well as his years-long beef with the Australian Medical Association.

In Part 2, Hobbs and Gordon dive deep into how the pandemic seems to be driving Pete Evans to pedal anti-vax content and alt-right conspiracies. These include Evans’ friendship with anti-vax activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., during which he promoted a fraudulent “biocharger” and got himself fired from Facebook, and his unsuccessful run for the Senate.

Even better, Hobbs and Gordon effectively criticize the Australian news media for reporting on Evans in a “bloodless debating club” manner. In their segment on Evans, which features well-known anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke on his podcast, the hosts discuss how the Fairfax and Murdoch press were short-sighted in calling him out. It was completely irrelevant whether he agreed with David Icke or not. The reality is that Pete Evans consistently presented very fringe and hateful viewpoints to mainstream audiences.

Gordon agrees, saying that kind of journalism “gives credibility and the benefit of the doubt to a public figure who has been publicly burning his reputation for eight years now.”

particle for direct object Maintenance phase Episodes is a fully explained example of the wellness pipeline right at work in our backyard. If you choose to listen to the episodes, content warning for discussions of ableism, fatophobia, eugenics, and anti-Semitism.

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