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Baked Alaska (activist)

Anthime "Tim" Gionet
Born (1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 32)
Alma materAzusa Pacific University
OccupationPolitical activist

Anthime "Tim" Gionet (born November 16, 1987), more commonly known as Baked Alaska, is an American social media personality who gained attention through his commentary and political advocacy on behalf of alt-right and neo-Nazi ideology, and through his promotion of anti-semitic conspiracy theories such as white genocide and Jewish control of the media.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Prior to his 2016 transformation into an alt right activist, Gionet was a left-wing commentator for Buzzfeed, and attended rallies in support of Black Lives Matter and progressive causes in 2015 and early 2016.

In March 2019, Gionet attempted to distance himself from the alt-right and meme culture, which he criticized as hateful and a source of terrorism and violence. He released an emotional video apologizing for his past participation in meme culture and alleging a link between 8chan and the Christchurch mosque shootings.[7][8]

However, in November 2019 Gionet changed his politics again, and collaborated with the white supremacist "groyper" movement in their trolling of rallies held by Turning Point USA.[9] He subsequently deleted all his previous videos, in which he had apologized for his old views and condemned meme culture and the alt right.

Early life and career

Gionet attended Azusa Pacific University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in marketing.[6]

While working at Warner Bros. Records, Gionet did social media and marketing for Warped Tour. Kevin Lyman gave him the stage-name Baked Alaska, a reference to the fact that he came from Alaska and was a marijuana user at the time, referencing the dessert, baked Alaska. In 2011, Gionet worked for Capitol Records for a short time, before pursuing his own career in music.[6]

After leaving BuzzFeed in 2016, Gionet traveled as Milo Yiannopoulos' Dangerous Faggot Tour manager.[6][10]

Political activities

Gionet is a supporter of Donald Trump. In May 2016, Gionet was introduced to Donald Trump and received the candidate's signature on his arm next to his Trump tattoo. Later that month, Gionet released "MAGA Anthem", which featured pro-Trump lyrics and amassed more than 100,000 views on YouTube. Mike Cernovich then hired Gionet to work on a project dedicated to gather Trump supporters.[10] Following the election, Gionet continued to stay active in his pro-Trump activism by giving speeches and participating in multiple rallies.[11][12][13]

Gionet was also largely responsible for spearheading the #DumpKellogs and #TrumpCup hashtag movements.[14] #TrumpCup was a trend that took place in November 2016 on Twitter. It began after allegations that a Starbucks employee refused to write "Trump" on a cup. The Twitter hashtag trended with more than 27,000 tweets in the span of two days.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Baked Alaska wrote and self-published a book, Meme Magic Secrets Revealed, through Amazon.[6] The book was removed as a copyright violation due to its use of Pepe the Frog on the cover.[23][24]

On March 21, 2019, Baked Alaska released a video condemning the Alt-Right and claiming they were responsible for radicalizing people, including the Christchurch mosque shooter. He had earlier abandoned his support for President Trump and started promoting 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, such as with his music video Yang Gang Anthem.[7]

Racial issues

In late 2016, following Trump's electoral victory, conflict arose between Cernovich and Gionet regarding Gionet's anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter. Gionet was disinvited from DeploraBall, an inaugural ball. Gionet later mended his relationship with Cernovich and said that he had been "heated" and that he had misspoken.[6][25][26][27][28][29]

In February 2017, Gionet called for a boycott of Netflix in response to the announcement of Dear White People. He claimed that the show was "anti-white" and that it promoted "white genocide".[21][30]

Gionet participated in an alt-right rally outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on June 25, 2017, and he was scheduled to address participants at the white nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11, 2017.[10]

He has frequently promoted the white supremacist slogan Fourteen Words on social media.[31][32][33]

References

  1. ^ Kranish, Shoshana (August 8, 2017). "Airbnb bans white supremacist rally attendees". Jerusalem Post.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Drew (August 7, 2017). "Neo-Nazis Can't Find Airbnbs for Their Massive Rally". Vice. alt-right powerhouses Richard Spencer and Baked Alaska
  3. ^ Novak, Matt. "Why Are Neo-Nazis on Twitter So Scared of Being Called Neo-Nazis?". Gizmodo. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Tognotti, Chris. "Pro-Trump internet comedian marched with white supremacists in Charlottesville". Dailydot. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Colburn, Randall. "Let's check in on neo-Nazi troll Baked Alaska, who is hosting an extremely embarrassing talk show". AV Club. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Darcy, Oliver. "The untold story of Baked Alaska, a rapper turned BuzzFeed personality turned alt-right troll". Business Insider.
  7. ^ a b Sommer, Will. "Baked Alaska denounces the alt-right". Daily Beast. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Martinez, Ignacio (May 22, 2019). "The atonement of an alt-right troll". Dailydot.
  9. ^ [www.thedailybeast.com]
  10. ^ a b c Porter, Tom. "Who are the Alt-Right Leaders Addressing the White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville?". Newsweek. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  11. ^ Montgomery, Blake. "Here's What Really Happened At Saturday's Berkeley Riot". BuzzFeed. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Harkinson, Josh. "Meet Silicon Valley's Secretive Alt-Right Followers". Mother Jones. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Lamoureux, Mike. "Violent Protests Turned Berkeley into a Battleground". Vice. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Lee, Bruce. "Food Fight: Breitbart News Asks Readers To Boycott Kellogg's Products". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  15. ^ Eversley, Melanie. "#TrumpCup campaign hits Starbucks, draws questions". USA Today. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Earl, Jennifer. "Donald Trump supporters start #TrumpCup movement to protest Starbucks". CBS News. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  17. ^ Holmes, Jack. "These Alt-Right Bros Certainly Are Spending a Lot of Money at Starbucks". Esquire. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  18. ^ Leininger, Alex. "Trump supporters launch #TrumpCup as a protest against Starbucks". CNN.
  19. ^ Orlov, Alex. "Trump supporters attempt to troll Starbucks... by buying Starbucks". Mic. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  20. ^ Phillips, Kristine. "A Starbucks barista refused to write 'Trump' on a cup. How his supporters are striking back". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  21. ^ a b Hamedy, Saba. "Guy who failed at Starbucks boycott fails at 'Dear White People' boycott". Mashable. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  22. ^ Hanson, Hilary. "Donald Trump Supporters Protest Starbucks By Giving It Their Money". The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  23. ^ "Is the alt-right's use of Pepe the Frog "fair use?"". Ars Technica. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  24. ^ "Pepe The Frog Creator Sues To Take His Meme Back From 'Alt-Right'". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  25. ^ Smith, Allan. "Alt-right movement descends into civil war after leading figure is booted from Trump inauguration event". Business Insider. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  26. ^ Gray, Rosie. "The 'New Right' and the 'Alt-Right' Party on a Fractious Night". The Atlantic. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  27. ^ Kearney, Laila. "Trump fans' 'Deploraball' party shows rift in alt-right movement". Reuters. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  28. ^ Usborne, David. "'Islam is a threat to America': What the alt-right had to say at their rally after Portland's stabbings". Independent. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  29. ^ Willis, Jay. "White Nationalist Twitter Melts Down Over Fancy Inauguration Party Guest List". GQ. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  30. ^ "Dear White People trailer accused of, erm, racism". BBC Newsbeat. September 2, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  31. ^ "Verified no more, Twitter drops blue check from white nationalists' accounts". Southern Poverty Law Center. November 16, 2017.
  32. ^ "The 'Ironic Nazi' Is Coming to an End". New York. August 14, 2017.
  33. ^ "Twitter Has Permanently Banned Alt-Right Troll Baked Alaska". BuzzFeed. November 15, 2017.