Friends of David Wilcock Say He Resigned from Gaia TV over Bad Pay, Poor Working Conditions, and Lucifer
Late Friday night, ufologist Laura Eisenhower released a letter she said that ancient astronaut theorist David Wilcock sent to his employer, Gaia TV, asking to be let out of his contract. According to the letter, Gaia TV has an abusive work environment, unfairly compensates its employees, and deceptively edits its programs to promote what Wilcock described as “Luciferian” beliefs. “This is already starting to cause me significant career damage and it will get far worse if I don’t do something about it, fast,” Wilcock is said to have written. “I have willfully ignored an enormous number of offensive, disrespectful and abusive situations in order to do this job the last six years – primarily out of a sense of financial dependency.” He attributed this to having suffered physical abuse at the hands of his former girlfriend.
The letter was not meant for public consumption, but Eisenhower posted it to Facebook after she said Gaia, a New Age streaming video service, authenticated the letter. She pulled it off her Facebook page a few hours later, claiming that she wished to avoid “negative energy” from Gaia TV, but the letter was posted to Reddit. Paranormal radio host Jimmy Church confirmed on Twitter that the letter is authentic. While I have not independently authenticated it, the letter bears all of the hallmarks of Wilcock’s style and contains references to his many and confusing conspiracy theories that it reads as authentic to me. It also comes at the same time that Wilcock has launched a new “Divine Cosmos Productions” line of streaming media, which would be in direct competition with Gaia.
In the letter, Wilcock describes the company’s efforts to alienate him from what he describes as his Judeo-Christian fan base, and he threatened to turn conservative conspiracy theorists against the company:
The Company also attempted to upload a video to my YouTube channel that aggressively promotes Luciferianism – namely S1E1 of Ancient Civilizations – even while Gaia supposedly has a policy of “no religion,” at least for my fellow colleagues and me. I was tricked into participating in a very religious program that I do not want to have any affiliation with. This show is literally saying that God is Evil and Lucifer is God – who (ahem) also happens to be a reptilian alien. Seriously?
Wilcock seems to have forgotten that his other show, Ancient Aliens, produced an episode promoting Satanism a few years ago, and making these exact points. The Ancient Civilizations episode (cheaply made from talking head interviews, stock video, and public domain and Creative Commons stock photos) supposedly searches for the Garden of Eden, but it generally promotes a Gnostic worldview with the help of Ancient Aliens talking heads and some Sitchinite claims about aliens serving as gods. It is no different than an episode of Ancient Aliens, but as it nears the end, the show quotes Sitchin-style French autodidact author Anton Parks (who claims to have discovered the “true” translation of most ancient texts) that the “good” Sumerian god, Enki, was a Reptilian alien who was remembered as the Serpent in the Garden of Eden; consequently, Satan is actually a “friend” of humans and the Jews diabolized the good god. Parks alleges that the Jews made a “deliberate choice” to venerate the unfriendly Sumerian god Enlil over the friendly serpentine god Enki. The narrator concludes that a conspiracy purposely maintains Yahweh-Enlil as a false god to keep us under Enlil’s control. This really isn’t any different from Ancient Aliens, except that it is a little blunter in taking the ancient astronaut theory to its obvious conclusion.
Wilcock claims to be concerned that Christian conservatives would attempt to assassinate him if they perceived from Gaia’s editing that he had spoken against God. He claims that he has received at least one serious death threat, and he also lamented that Gaia paid so little that Wilcock had to hold fundraisers to help other Gaia talent make ends meet. He estimated that the company pulled in nearly $2 million in revenue from his various programs, of which he claims to have seen very little.
Wilcock also made two oddball claims that struck me as highly unusual. The first is that Gaia accused Wilcock’s friends of attempting to “obstruct (UFO) disclosure,” which suggests a whole other level of weird beyond interpersonal personnel issues. The second is that Graham Hancock declared his fealty to Lucifer in a Gaia program. “I was greatly disappointed to see Graham Hancock ‘come out of the closet’ about his Luciferian beliefs in this show. The resulting heated emails I exchanged with him basically destroyed our personal and professional relationship and we have never spoken again.” In the episode of Ancient Civilizations in question, Hancock is quoted as saying, “That entity that we have been taught to call god and to worship is no such thing.” He is, however, referring to the Gnostic worldview, not Luciferian beliefs. Wilcock has either misunderstood or misrepresented.
Late Monday night, Hancock responded on Twitter by noting obliquely that his words had caused “some offence” while adding that “I do absolutely stand by my own words.”
Wilcock’s apparent resignation comes amid what he says is unrest at Gaia surrounding the so-called “Gaia Employee Movement,” a group of company employees that Wilcock says are dissatisfied with the direction the New Age service has taken in recent years, particularly in terms of what they say is its poor treatment of employees. However, I have been unable to find any public information to confirm this. I did find that filmmaker Pam Greer accused a Gaia executive of demanding women strip naked and twirl for him.
As of this writing, neither Gaia TV nor its corporate parent responded publicly to the claims made about the organization’s corporate culture, but they did make available for free for a limited time some of the video Wilcock complained about and retweeted praise from viewers of their Ancient Civilizations show, presumably as a counterpoint.
To be entirely honest, it’s hard to see how Gaia TV, owned by Jirka Rysavy, the founder of the parent company Gaia Inc., could end up any other way than enmeshed in scandal and recrimination. The company’s entire content model is based on promoting paranoid conspiracy theories from some of the most extreme voices and some of the most distasteful voices in the field. Wilcock’s embrace of Pizzagate, for example, is hardly unique even among Gaia hosts. As with most of the field of fringe history, Gaia has racists in its ranks and bends toward white nationalist views of history.
Jay Weidner is a documentary filmmaker and a frequent cable TV talking head (he appeared on the History channel several times, among other TV appearances) who hosts shows on Gaia and serves as senior director of content production at Gaia. He is also the producer of Wilcock’s Gaia TV show Cosmic Disclosure. Last year, he appeared on Jeff Rense’s show to defend the pro-Trump conspiracy theory that sees Trump as a stealth hero taking down liberal pedophiles (the Q-Anon conspiracy, a close relative to Wilcock’s preferred Pizzagate) and responded to a question about whether Africans on average have IQs below 55 this way:
Well, it’s a result of their culture. There’s a lot of inbreeding. The Native Americans, I’m sorry to say, they had the same problem. There’s a lot of inbreeding within the tribes, the Crow, the Pawnee, and the Lakota. They really weren’t allowed to procreate outside their tribe. I think that’s probably the reason why the Native Americans were so easy to roll over. And, I mean, Cortes conquered Mexico with, what, sixty-five guys? […] Again, we’re heading towards, there’s no doubt, a Civil War. That’s what this is all about. And the Left has decided, somehow, in their deluded fantasy, that they’re going to win this Civil War. […]
He referred to non-conservatives as “libtards,” and he offered tips for how to convert liberals to his brand of what seems to be alt-right racist conservatism. He openly conflated straight white men with conservatives, underscoring the underlying racial dynamic he passes off as politics. When he uses “we” he sometimes means “white men” and sometimes means “conservatives,” and there is in his mind no difference. In response to cross-talk about whether “we” built Western civilization, he replied, “Well, we did and thank God for that.” It wasn’t clear whether he meant “we” white men or “we” conservatives, but I doubt he would have considered there to be a distinction. In response to a Rense’s point, taken from Nazi propaganda, that “leftists” and minorities are at best “useful eaters,” Weider said, “They just don’t matter.” He claimed that white conservatives, even as a minority, are more important than other groups because “we care.”
Weidner alleges that the government has tapped his phones and believes he is under surveillance by the Deep State.
Weider remained gainfully employed by Gaia and is still with the company as of this writing, and he is responsible for producing much of the channel’s fringe history and conspiracy programming.
Let’s just let that sink in. Gaia, a company founded on yoga videos, has a man who openly expresses racist and white nationalist views as the head of its content production team. And the company is so toxic that David Wilcock, a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist who proudly claims to receive Russian propaganda messages, espouses material drawn from several anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and openly accuses the Rothschild banking family of attempting to assassinate him, thinks they are too dark even for him.
Update: On Wednesday, Hancock posted a link to an interview Wilcock conducted with him in 2015. In the interview Wilcock praised Hancock for his analysis of the Gnostic view. Wilcock reports the Gnostic view that Yahweh is an evil entity “masquerading as positive. This is exactly what it says in the Law of One series, which is the philosophical basis of all the work that I’ve done.”
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