Do you remember David Wilcock, the erstwhile ancient astronaut theorist from Ancient Aliens and Gaia-TV, who unceremoniously parted ways with both? Wilcock’s right-wing patter turned out to be too extreme for Ancient Aliens, which prefers a softer rightist message, as with Saturday’s praise of Republicans for their supposed special access to extraterrestrial truths. Well, during a live chat in which Wilcock asked his followers to give him cash money to hear him rant—up to $100 a pop—Wilcock showed once again why he is the world’s worst cam-boy.
In the video, Wilcock can be seen complaining about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and he claims that Democrats would be better off naming the demon Baphomet as their nominee. His reasoning quickly degenerated into angry OANN-style panic. Naturally, Wilcock centered his attacks on Baphomet’s hermaphroditic depiction in Éliphas Lévi’s famous drawing of Baphomet: “He’s got boobs so he’s a trans person. Let’s just say it the nice way. He’s a trans. He has boobs.” If he calls that the “nice way,” what does that suggest he says when the camera isn’t on? And, yes, Wilcock seems to confuse intersex people with those who are transitioning.
Wilcock then says that Democrats and Baphomet will “guarantee” that Americans will have all of the sex, drugs, and depravity that they want. He then says that “pop stars” and Satan are aligned with Democrats and are actively working against non-Luciferian (i.e. religions.
After that, Wilcock rants about Joe Biden for a while, citing recent sexual misconduct allegations against Biden, and then defends Donald Trump’s infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” remarks by saying, “Yeah, guys talk like that.” And how would he know? I’ve read Wilcock’s autobiography, which I assume I am supposed to take at face value. In it, Wilcock loudly proclaims that he had and has few friends and spent his life desperate to have male friends to banter with. By contrast, I spent most of my life among the kinds of rough and tumble fellows one would expect to speak that way—firefighters, police officers, football and hockey players, etc. I won’t pretend they spoke in Victorian prose, but crudeness and casual cruelty were never synonymous. I don’t think the casual cruelty implied in those comments is as much a function of “guys” talking like that in a general sense than a certain type of person who speaks that way, and not a good one. Given Wilcock’s transphobic comments at the start of the clip, it seems that he really means that he speaks that way, and doesn’t want to be called out for his hatred and bile.
A 3-hour live stream from Wilcock includes angry complaints about the COVID-19 response, and he joins with the anti-social distancing protestors (though not endorsing their methods) by asserting that 85% of those with COVID-19 have no symptoms and most others who get it will have no serious consequences. He therefore concludes that because the disease effects primarily “those 70 and above,” coronavirus is a “media-induced panic” and we should prioritize the economy over public health. He says that he is “excited” that the “wheels are falling off” what he sees as a conspiracy by the Illuminati and the pagan god Ba’al to fake a pandemic in order to socialize America by paying everyone, eventually, what he says will be $10,000 apiece.
After endorsing Q-Anon once again, Wilcock says that coronavirus is a “global magic trick” designed to kill Asian men and Blacks, whom he says are 80% more likely to die. (He is confusing reports that poorer health and less access to help in the African American community yield worse outcomes.) He then describes the current lockdown as “death” and says the economic “death” is worse that allowing Asians, Blacks, and the elderly to suffer the consequences of the disease.
Wilcock alleges that the same alien/Jewish/liberal conspiracy behind 9/11 have similarly created coronavirus as their “last” effort to take over the world. He identifies the conspirators as Democratic politicians, space aliens, and “media fat cats”—i.e., the International Jew.
What’s interesting when you listen to Wilcock at length is that his crazy rants are decorative icing on top of right-wing radio rhetoric, but not Rush Limbaugh’s doctrinaire version. While he generally toes the Republican line, he folds in traditional appeals to blue collar sensibility, speaking about the damage done to low-wage workers, the service economy, and the repeated blows Millennials have suffered across their lifetimes, making them what he calls a “lost generation.” He rails against business elites and the super-rich. These claims wouldn’t be out of place in a Bernie Sanders speech, but his is the opposite of the traditional centrist politician’s devil’s bargain of economic conservatism and social liberalism. Instead, he is economically liberal, even quasi-socialist, but socially conservative, especially on sexual matters. He is, if anything, more coherent than Trump in being a Trumpist.
His alien-tinged conspiratorial Trumpism no doubt resonates with a portion of the working-class audience who feels their values are being attacked but who want help to stay economically afloat.
And then he takes their money.
It’s weird to see him speak passionately about economic justice one minute and then break into lunatic ideas about a media/liberal/alien conspiracy the next, to convey sympathy for the downtrodden and then mock trans people. His is the contradiction of Trumpism: thinking oneself a good person but not acting like a good person would.
Meanwhile, by contrast, Ancient Aliens star Giorgio Tsoukalos begged his fans to take COVID-19 science seriously and to stop listening to conspiracy theories. He basically argued against his own show.
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