Pete Evans has received backlash from some fans for questioning the mainstream media’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, the former My Kitchen Rules judge posted a meme that implied that the pandemic isn’t a real threat, and that the media has been exaggerating it.
The meme showed a T-Rex from Jurassic Park along with the caption ‘covid according to the media’, contrasted with a cute and cuddly Barney the dinosaur, which was captioned, ‘COVID in real life.’
Back at it! Former My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans (pictured) has received backlash from some fans for questioning the mainstream media’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic
The post received immediate backlash, with one person commenting: ‘Thousands of people have died – have some respect’.
‘I don’t know if people who have lost loved ones to covid would think this,’ wrote another.
‘Really I think this post is a bit unreasonable,’ added another.
However, the feedback wasn’t all negative, with many of Pete’s followers agreeing with his controversial position.
‘This Covid 19 is the biggest JOKE OF THE CENTURY. FAKE VIRUS!’ wrote one.
‘Love this Pete, hits the nail on the head,’ added another.
Controversial: On Monday, the former My Kitchen Rules judge posted a meme (pictured) that implied that the pandemic isn’t a real threat, and that the media has been exaggerating it
One follower had a more nuanced take, explaining that Pete’s perception may be due to the fact that he’s in Australia, where the crisis has been less severe than other countries.
‘I do agree with this on premise, however I do wonder if our perception is different because in Australia we have controlled it so significantly,’ they wrote.
‘I wonder if it would be different if we saw our hospitals over run and our grand parents dying on mass like in Italy?’
In addition to his post, Pete has also shared countless memes and posts to his Instagram Stories that question or criticise the official narrative on the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Are you paying attention yet?’ In addition to his post, Pete has also shared countless memes and posts to his Instagram Stories (pictured above) that question or criticise the official narrative on the coronavirus pandemic
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.
Around 3.4 per cent of COVID-19 cases have died globally, compared to less than one per cent of seasonal flu cases.
According to the Australian government, there have been more than 7760 confirmed cases of the virus in Australia and 104 deaths.
Globally, there are more than 10 million confirmed cases and over 500,000 deaths.
Pete’s latest posts come after he made headlines for suggesting he was immune to COVID-19.
He made the bizarre claim during his interview with Liz Hayes on 60 Minutes – but his statements were edited out of the version that went to air.
Bizarre: Pete’s latest posts come after he made headlines for suggesting he was immune to COVID-19 during an interview on 60 Minutes (pictured above)
In the full interview, uploaded to his YouTube account, Pete said: ‘We know there’s a flu that goes around, whatever strain or mutation or whatever that is, who knows? I’ve never had a flu vaccine because I’m not concerned about catching a flu.’
He added: ‘And am I fearful of COVID-19, if I came into contact with anybody [who has it]? No I’m not, because I believe in who I am and my ability to stay as healthy as I can through anything.’
During his interview, Pete also revealed he was skeptical of whether the spread of coronavirus actually constituted a pandemic.
‘There seems to be more and more information that comes out that is conflicting,’ he said, attempting to justify his conspiracy theory.
History of Pete Evans’ controversies
October 2014: Pete claims the Paleo diet can prevent autism
March 2015: His book is pulled from shelves due to its bone broth recipe for infants
July 2016: Pete claims vegan women should eat meat during pregnancy, advises against wearing ‘normal’ sunscreen, and claims Wi-Fi is ‘dangerous’
August 2016: He says osteoporosis suffers shouldn’t eat dairy
September 2016: Pete claims camel milk could supplement breastfeeding
April 2017: Pete campaigns against the ‘mass fluoridation of public water’
December 2018: Pete reveals he looks directly into the sun
April 2020: Pete’s ketogenic recipe book is slammed by health professionals and he is fined for promoting his ‘healing lamp’
May 2020: Reveals he is an anti-vaxxer during Kyle And Jackie O radio interview
June 2020: Shares his conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on 60 Minutes