You’ve probably noticed that over the last few weeks my blog posts have been a bit shorter and less detailed than usual. That’s because I’m busy trying to finish my book on the myth of the Mound Builders. Over the past four or five weeks, I’ve added about 40,000 words to the book, and I have about a chapter and a quarter left to write. I always come to a point near the end of a book where my energy and enthusiasm start to wane, and it becomes a little difficult to make the final push to complete it. Part of the reason for that is that the sense of adventure has vanished this late in a book. Early on, I am still discovering new things and unexpected connections, but by the last few chapters, the narrative has boxed me in and becomes mostly busywork pulling together the threads I’ve spun throughout.
I thought I would take note today of a bit of dissent in the world of Ancient Aliens. You may have seen that ancient astronaut theorist David Wilcock is telling his followers that he did not appear in the season premiere of Ancient Aliens because he did not agree with the show’s choice to rhapsodize over the Pentagon’s UFO research program. “Please carefully consider that I do not appear anywhere in the new Ancient Aliens episode featuring John Podesta,” he wrote on Twitter last week. “Nor did I have anything to do with its design, casting or production. This was very surprising. It is an area where we have to ‘agree to disagree.’”
Wilcock is an advocate of a series of extreme conspiracy theories, including “Pizzagate” and “The Storm,” which posit that the Democratic Party is involved in a series of treasonous crimes as well as a pedophile ring, and that Donald Trump and Robert Mueller are working together under the cover of the Russia investigation to jail Democratic politicians. Wilcock adds to this far right conspiracy an alien gloss whereby a group of “good” aliens are working with Trump to battle the “evil” aliens who have long been in league with the Democratic Party, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and their flunky, John Podesta. Wilcock accuses the evil conspiracy, and especially its Jewish allies in the banking industry, with attempting to assassinate him by cutting his brake lines. He alleges that several of his friends have been targeted too, as have their pets.
It’s interesting to imagine how Prometheus Entertainment producers must deal with conspiracy theorists who refuse to participate in particular episodes because the topics contradict their moneymaking ventures—sorry, deeply held beliefs. But what does it say for Wilcock’s integrity that he is still happy to work with Prometheus and Ancient Aliens even though they have aligned themselves with a person he has literally accused of being one of the embodiments of an evil conspiracy that allegedly has tried to assassinate him. Would you work for people who are in league with your attempted killers?
Wilcock, who recently married and moved to Colorado to be closer to Gaia TV’s production facilities, posted an article to his website the same day as the Ancient Aliens premiere in which he alleged that the conspiracy of evil Democrats, Jews, and aliens would soon be exposed. But I found it fascinating that he briefly seemed to show some self-awareness after outlining the manifold wrinkles in his growing tale of conspiracies atop conspiracies and cloak-and-dagger efforts to assassinate him and his fellow conspiracy theorists. “It is difficult to imagine that any elite group on earth could be keeping this many secrets from us,” he wrote. “It is also hard to understand why they would hide it.” To add to this, Wilcock also seems to be vaguely aware that his habit of producing lengthy, rambling articles is counterproductive. He notes that friends and family have asked him why he can’t write shorter, more effective pieces. He declined to take the advice for pithier work, however, because he feels that his massive web of conspiracy can’t be understood except in the aggregate.
But perhaps Wilcock’s greatest moment of honesty occurred when he noted that both skeptics and mainstream ufologists alike have rejected his fantasia of conspiracies. “Skeptical people often view subjects like this as if they are watching a movie or a video game, where there are no real stakes and everything is a virtual reality. Alliance insiders have expressed shock and disappointment at the degree to which so much of the UFO community has turned their backs on all of us, sticking to their own traditional narratives.”
But sadly, Wilcock’s occasional moments of clarity are buried beneath thousands of words of conspiracy, much of which isn’t just unsubstantiated and unpleasant but on the fringes of the paranoid. I can’t imagine why Ancient Aliens continues to work with Wilcock, but they happily funnel viewers to his ramblings.
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