David Wilcock Claims YouTube Is Part of an Anti-Trump, Population-Reduction Plot
David Wilcock hasn’t been having a very good couple of years. Only a few years ago, he was the third most prominent ancient astronaut theorist on Ancient Aliens, behind Giorgio Tsoukalos and David Childress, and he was one of the biggest stars of the Gaia TV streaming service, which featured hundreds of hours of programming from him. He also had a lucrative line of books and DVDs and a speaking tour. But then Wilcock made the critical error of turning subtext into text. With the exception of Tsoukalos, nearly all of the Ancient Aliens crew and their colleagues are right-wingers, but they manage to keep their conservative ranting mostly confined to short asides in YouTube videos and tweets. Wilcock, on the other hand, has been outspoken in his embrace of the most extreme pro-Trump conspiracy theories, including both Pizzagate and Q-Anon, and he has proudly declared himself a recipient of Russian propaganda, which he repeats uncritically. Between this and his contentious departure from Gaia, even the brain trust behind Ancient Aliens finally cut ties with Wilcock, who has not appeared on the show since Wilcock refused to participate in their episode interviewing John Podesta, whom Wilcock considers part of an anti-Trump, child-raping alien death cult.
As Wilcock’s platforms have collapsed around him, his claims have become more extreme as he “programs to the base” and attempts to develop a smaller but more intensely loyal audience for his self-produced products. In his latest blog post, whose six parts form a 51,000-word eBook, Wilcock has fully embraced the Q-Anon conspiracy theory, and he has extended it to the recent efforts by YouTube to clean up the video-sharing service by altering its algorithm to display fewer conspiracy theory videos. Wilcock has declared this action to be the work of the “Deep State.” “And, as we so often like and need to do,” he wrote, “this initial phase of the story will expand into a vastly more interesting mega-conspiracy as you read on.” Oh, don’t they all.
Over the past year or so, YouTube has come under fire from a wide range of advocacy groups and law enforcement agencies for its algorithms, which by design direct viewers to progressively more extreme content in the hope of keeping viewers watching for as long as possible. This resulted in many viewers being directed to white nationalist content, extreme conspiracy theories, and content that sexualized young children. YouTube officials took steps to reduce the prominence of this content earlier this year after a wave of negative stories in the media. They did not eliminate the content, but they made it harder to stumble across unknowingly, and they also removed advertising revenue from some videos that did not meet their decency standards.
In his massive blog post last week, Wilcock likens this action to the music industry, which he accuses of deliberately killing off rock-n-roll for nefarious reasons, leaving only … Papa Roach? “Since the 1990s, there has been little to no financing, development, promotion or exposure of new rock bands of any real prominence, other than a handful of examples like Papa Roach,” he wrote, nonsensically. I hesitate even to begin to think about what is going on inside Wilcock’s head, particularly since we know that he remains fixated on what he called his traumas and mental illness during his adolescence in the 1990s, as he chronicled in The Ascension Mysteries. This might seem like a laughably silly digression on Wilcock’s part, but one of his overarching if wrongheaded themes is that pro- and anti-alien conspiracy theorists use popular culture products to deliver secret messages to the public. He typically associates this with science fiction movies and TV shows (he believes the series finale of Game of Thrones was a psy-op conspiracy, for example), but here he extends the idea to music acts beloved by himself and his father, a onetime music critic. Music he doesn’t like becomes part of an evil conspiracy. In this case, he follows some conspiracy theories suggesting that elites purposely designed hip-hop to promote criminal behavior in order to oppress African Americans.
Anyway, after his long digression, Wilcock actually admits the truth, albeit without realizing it: “I admit it. I neglected YouTube like an absentee, phone-in father. Success occurred in spite of my actions, not because of them,” he said. Now, however, he is angry about YouTube. Why? Because his other platforms have been cut off, and he now needs YouTube to stay in the public eye, only to discover that the extremist material he promotes no longer fits with YouTube’s corporate agenda.
Note: Wilcock claims that he does not have or need money, despite earlier appeals for cash. “If I had really wanted to ‘Make Money,’” he writes, “I could have / would have / should have done a hell of a lot more than I was doing, like running multi-city conference tours… but I was fine with the quiet life of an artist.” And also with those big Ancient Aliens and Gaia-TV paychecks and perks.
Wilcock discovered that in his absence, hustlers had copied his YouTube videos to their own channels and added links to sleazy content, including child pornography, sometimes marked with a “blue avian” character that he believes to be a space alien. Wilcock claims that the copied videos cost him “millions” in revenue, though I can only imagine this to be an exaggeration. On the other hand, there are college-age kids on YouTube bringing in seven-figure incomes from YouTube, so there may well be enough racists and blinkered mystics watching to generate that kind of money. He was also angry that other people were uploading his radio appearances, though he had difficulty understanding that he did not own the radio shows where he was a guest and therefore did not hold the copyright. This angered him even more because he felt that his promotional interviews diluted the market for his paid content. He quit doing any media he couldn’t 100% control and monetize, except for Jimmy Church and George Noory’s radio shows, since they are famously litigious and keep their audio behind paywalls.
Most of this material dates back to 2016 and was previously reported in one of Wilcock’s earlier rambling blog posts. But what’s new now is the explicit xenophobia and rightwing hate. Wilcock now claims, for example, that conspiracy run by “blue avian” space aliens is also in league with “Muslims,” an idea he developed from Corey Goode: “Corey Goode had asserted on our show that the alleged ‘Blue Avian’ ETs had also helped the Muslims. Notice that the little Blue Avian guy in the above illustration has a Muslim prayer cap on.”
Beyond this, the “new” content in Wilcock’s blog post surrounds his claim that YouTube removed 5.75 million videos featuring him, a seemingly impossible claim. He bases this on a Google search for his name for the YouTube site (not a YouTube internal search), and he assumes that the results represent unique videos featuring or about him, though the results actually indicate only pages that feature some combination of the words “David” and “Wilcock.” The most logical explanation is that YouTube’s pruning of spam comments and spam videos reduced the prevalence of spam using his name, an inexplicably popular sub-genre of YouTube spam. More importantly, the removal of such videos and comments meant that links to Wilcock videos don’t appear on as many other pages, further reducing the total. Wilcock’s own official videos haven’t been touched, so what is he mad about? He said he wanted the foreign fakes and spam uploads removed, and now he is upset that YouTube complied.
Wilcock considers it a “Deep State” conspiracy:
This is clearly Deep State-level stuff. It’s just too big, too fast, too wild to even believe, and yet it actually happened. Videos don’t just disappear this fast. It’s crazy. Craziest of all, if they can do this, on such short notice, that means they can do anything: Reduce view counts, eliminate subscribers, turn off Notifications, demonetize, shadow-ban, deepfake, you name it…
What’s especially strange, however, is that once a business decision personally affects Wilcock’s bottom line, he suddenly abandons his pose as a conservative culture warrior and spouts anti-capitalist rhetoric that would make Bernie Sanders blush, attacking the executives of Google and YouTube for their obscene wealth and how they use their power to restrict how much wealth others can accumulate. He rants now about how much he hated George W. Bush and the “cartels” behind him.
But as soon as his attention turns away from his own personal travails, he jumps back into defending the most extreme rightwing YouTubers and demanding that support for Donald Trump be prominently featured on YouTube even when it includes white nationalism and homophobia. He rants about how Republican perspectives are facing “complete blockage” from left-leaning techno-fascists. He then adds that Democrats, the (anti-Trump) Deep State, and tech billionaires are planning a “population-reducing” program of fast food and poisoned vaccines to kill off large chunks of the population. He goes on to discuss how major social media platforms are run by a cabal of international bankers, and he draws on the anti-Semitic tropes that previously led him to accuse the Rothschild banking family of attempting to assassinate him. Trump, he declares, is a hero standing up to the (Jewish) bankers and globalists as well as the child-raping liberal Illuminati. Given Trump’s embrace of Israel and its prime minister in particular, this claim is something of a hard sell.
The last third of his blog post / eBook endorses every bizarre aspect of the Q-Anon conspiracy theory and then attempts to link it to Tom DeLonge and To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, which he sees as fighting a battle against the Deep State to reveal the truth about … well, not quite UFOs. Wilcock picks up on DeLonge’s embrace of the ancient astronaut theory to argue that the real truth is that space aliens are also fallen angels and that they had an outpost in Atlantis from which they meddled in human affairs, sort of like super-Russians plotting a thousand Trumps.
It’s all too much, really. The volume of his conspiracy theories is mind-numbing, but the ease with which he abandons his supposed beliefs as soon as they become inconvenient is all too typical. He believes that he has a right to have major corporations promote his belief that they are all run by child-raping demon aliens, and he is mad that the corporations have decided not to put up with him anymore.
On a sadder note, Wilcock said that he has “very few acquaintances” apart from his family, his manager, and his “creative team.” That he describes none of them as friends is perhaps sadder than realizing that there is a “creative team” behind his seemingly dada verbal diarrhea.
7/2/2019 11:32:01 am
"As Wilcock’s platforms have collapsed around him..."
7/2/2019 02:00:21 pm
Biblical criticism since the 19th century and the formation of democracies around the world, Joe....
7/2/2019 11:40:02 am
It's been said so often, by so many, that it has become a mantra:
7/2/2019 01:44:53 pm
Is Wilcock really worse than the PLO
1/4/2020 12:16:07 am
Well I personally believe that David knows of what he speaks and its these others "short people" like Randy Newman sang about in his song that want David to go away. He is right when he says that the deep state is the cabal who are trying to make us all puppets and they are the puppeteers and I know first hand these people in the government are trying to make it harder for the rest of us to live! I like Trump myself and i do wish that we had someone like him in Canada who speaks up when things go wrong! Thanks for letting me say my peace.
7/2/2019 12:06:24 pm
I took the time to scan through about half of the e-book. I didn’t know about Hancock’s troubles in his teams, but it looks like whatever it was is back.
7/2/2019 12:09:49 pm
Wilcock, not Hancock. Sorry everyone.
7/2/2019 12:23:14 pm
Works for Hancock too.
7/2/2019 01:51:19 pm
Were you a Mental Health business provider or consumer? As someone who's taken two to five drug tests a day, every day for the past 42 years this is an area of interest for me.
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7/2/2019 02:45:35 pm
It’s clear that you need to increase the number of drug tests that you take everyday.
7/2/2019 06:58:55 pm
Provider for 40+ years. Consumer for Drug Rehab in 1989.
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7/2/2019 07:08:12 pm
I’m struggling to make any sense out of your awful prose.
7/2/2019 07:30:59 pm
Maybe Wilcock should be sent to concentration camp.
7/3/2019 08:02:00 pm
Riley i call BS on your 40 years in mental health. Were you the patient?
12/24/2020 03:45:14 am
I agree. Often kind hearted decent people are led astray . I feel this has happened to David. Wish he had strong friends ready to help
7/2/2019 12:14:27 pm
Well strip me nekked and pelt me with Blue Avian Mcnuggets. This feller should be writing fiction 'cause that's what is all sounds like to this cowpoke. I'm off to the south forty for my weekly abduction by them thar alien overlords. I'm afeared they are going to invade someday and probe all these no good lyin' varmits at the UFO ranch. Nanasty everyone!
7/2/2019 06:16:59 pm
What he's calling a "blue avian" looks like a traditional cartoon portrayal of the Japanese kappa.
7/2/2019 09:08:03 pm
Speaking of cartoon portrayals...
7/2/2019 08:44:02 pm
Well he's not wrong... there hasn't been many cool bands since the 90s,
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7/2/2019 09:43:43 pm
Perhaps there are plenty of “cool bands,” but you actually have to get off your lazy fat ass and find them rather than letting gigantic media corporations force feed you music and dictate to you what is considered “cool.”
7/3/2019 12:48:21 pm
The two YouTube channels Wilcox runs are both very standard sounding names, his name and this Divine Cosmos thing, and it is not a conspiracy. His channel algorithms are normal for a show of that type, get about a C in grade, and he makes about 20k on the bots adding up his subscribers each day or so. Don't click on it though. He has spam everywhere. Tracked the spam to some overseas right wing hate speech site. Could be he's in cahoots with Jones. If he spews any kind of extreme rhetoric, the bots will know, and that is why he was given more spam, increasingly disturbing spam. Just don't go there. He should stop posting on youtube if he is worried about the spam, He could get a VPN account or adblock and most of that will go away, but he is probably thinking the made up deep state is after him.
7/3/2019 10:54:46 pm
What I find interesting is how quickly as a society we dismiss something that doesn't fit nicely into our programmed paradim. The next part of this is we write off everything that doesn't fit then base those upon speculation, conjecture and opinion. It appears the days of true research are long gone. As someone whose viewed the free ebook and read the responses here and the blog, it saddens me to say I can find more data to support the claims than anything said here to refute them. I'm not saying anything is true and I'm not saying its false, what I am saying is no one ever provides any tangible evidence. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves (me included) why this has become the acceptable norm on social media and society.
7/4/2019 04:47:16 pm
So much stuff is nonsense that having "That is nonsense" as the default makes sense. Make sense? Analogy: 95% of country music, rap, almost anything, is bad.
7/5/2019 01:50:11 am
Thank you Jason for hitting the nail on the head. I have noticed the same thing.
7/4/2019 10:17:14 am
This posting is bullshit. It has a like button but no dislike button. Did you even notice people. David Wilcock is trying to warn and enlighten people to coming changes on earth. I look forward to reading his blogs whenever I can. Jason, you are just showing the world you are part of the cabal.
7/7/2019 01:32:17 pm
You’re fucking bullshit. You’ve got to be completely unhinged to believe anything David Wilcock says
7/7/2019 01:49:18 pm
Also posted here:
8/18/2019 10:00:07 am
Sorry, but I agree with Wilcock. He had 6 million videos on youtube with his name in the title. More than Hillary Clinton. So he is not alone in his beliefs. Large numbers behind him.
9/7/2019 03:51:24 am
David Wilcock is most likely targeted and having harm to his health from EMF radiation and microwave radiation emitting devices.... there is much going on to block his information. He is not crazy, when it comes to the et's and hidden et agenda he is right. all the govt stuff he talkes about i dont have an opinion on that
10/22/2019 11:35:04 pm
Everyone has an opinion. Its up to us See through the BS. I believe we ALL know when were being lied too. We all have our Dysfunctional issues. I dont care who you are. Its not a perfect world. Never has been and never will be.
12/3/2019 08:50:00 pm
I have personally met David Wilcock. It was on July 27th, 2018 in Estes Park, CO right before his conference. I work in local radio and write for a magazine. I asked David for a quick interview regarding Edgar Cayce and his secretary Gladys Davis. I thought David would leap at the opportunity for me to promote him and his work. He is virtually an expert about the secret lives of Cayce and Gladys. David befriended and became housemates with Glady’s friend in Virginia Beach, around 98-99’. I’m writing a fictional story that centers around Gladys’ experiences with Cayce. So, one could imagine my excitement.
4/10/2020 02:03:34 am
Thanks for writing this. I used to really like his videos, and I admit that I indulge in internet escapism and "what if?" Conjecture...i am not proud of it, but...but yeah he has really lost me with his new attempts to defend Trump. I can't stand corporate media and giant evil corporations, but, Trump does a perfectly good job of making himself an ever more tragic and repulsive person wielding great power - I don't need "Deep State" agendas against him to see that he is incompetent and dangerous to our democracy. Every time that dude (Trump) opens his mouth I just cringe because I know it's going to be just more terrible farce and I fear for our little shreds of sanity we had left as a country before him are now swept away. David spoke like such a smart guy before, but yeah maybe he's gone off his rocker for realz this time. I look forward to reading more of your criticisms if I survive this pandemic...keep writing, Tim
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