Baked Alaska (entertainer)

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Anthime "Tim" Gionet
Born (1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 30)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Other names
  • Baked Alaska
  • Tim Treadstone
Alma mater Azusa Pacific University
Occupation Political activist

Anthime "Tim" Gionet (born November 16, 1987), more commonly known as Baked Alaska and Tim "Treadstone", is an American alt-right/far right, neo-Nazi Internet troll, white nationalist[1] and social media personality.[2]

Gionet is known for posting anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi messages on Twitter.[2] He has published the "Fourteen Words," a neo-Nazi mantra, on his Twitter feed, retweeted videos saying that "Hitler did nothing wrong," and tweeted images of people in gas chambers.[3]

During the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Gionet was a pro-Trump Internet troll.[4] He marched at the far-right Charlottesville rally in 2017.[4]

Early life

Gionet was born in Anchorage, Alaska to a family of eight. His father, Paul Gionet, is a pharmacist and his mother is Susanne Gionet. He was born and raised following the Christian faith. Gionet's family operates a non-profit organization, Russian Encouragement,[citation needed] which aims to spread the gospel and provide medical supplies to orphanages in eastern Russia. He attended Azusa Pacific University and graduated with Bachelors of Science in marketing.[5]

Career

After graduating from Azusa Pacific University in 2010, Gionet began working at Warner Bros. Records. Through his work at Warner Bros. Records, Gionet landed a job working marketing and social media for the Warped Tour, where he first developed his nickname, Baked Alaska. In 2011 Gionet worked for Capitol Records, developing musical videos for songs such as "Alaska Vacation" and "I Climbed Mountains". Following his work at Capitol Records, Gionet worked as a social media strategist at BuzzFeed, where he helped develop content and ideas for BuzzFeed's social media accounts such as Tasty.[6] After leaving BuzzFeed in 2016, Gionet traveled as Milo Yiannopoulos's "Dangerous Faggot Tour" manager.[7][8]

Political activities

Gionet is a supporter of Donald Trump. In May 2016, Gionet was introduced to Donald Trump and received the candidate's signature on his arm next to his Trump tattoo. Later that month, Gionet released "MAGA Anthem," which featured pro-Trump lyrics and amassed more than 100,000 views on YouTube. Mike Cernovich then hired Gionet to work on a project dedicated to gather Trump supporters together, MAGA3X.[9][not in citation given] In July 2016, Gionet received special access to the Republican National Convention through his work with Milo Yiannopoulos. Following the election, Gionet continued to stay active in his pro-Trump efforts by giving speeches and participating in multiple rallies.[10][11][12]

Gionet was also largely responsible for spearheading the #DumpKellogs [sic] and #TrumpCup hashtag movements.[13] #TrumpCup was a trend that took place in November 2016 on Twitter. It began after allegations that a Starbucks employee refused a customer service because he asked for the name "Trump" to be written on the cup. The Twitter hashtag trend had more than 27,000 tweets in the span of 2 days.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20] In April 2017, Gionet headed the #KeepBannon and #FireKushner hashtag trends after reports of conflict between two of Donald Trump's advisers.[21]

Racial issues

In late 2016, following Trump's electoral victory, conflict arose between Cernovich and Gionet regarding Gionet's views on race.[22] Gionet was disinvited from "DeploraBall" after making anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter. Gionet later mended his relationship with Cernovich and said he had misspoken.[5][23][24][25][26][27]

In February 2017, Gionet called for a boycott of Netflix in response to the announcement of Dear White People, a show Gionet said supported white genocide.[28]

Gionet participated in the "Freedom of Speech" rally outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on June 25, 2017, and he was scheduled to address white nationalists at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11, 2017.[29][4]

As of November 15, 2017, his Twitter account has been suspended.[citation needed]

Gionet supports the white supremacist Fourteen Words and has stated that there's "nothing wrong" with the slogan. Attempting to distance himself from its origins, he has claimed that "just because others have used [it] doesn't change the meaning".[30] He has promoted the slogan on social media frequently, including with monetary receipts, polls, questions and memes.[31][32][33][34]

References

  1. ^ Darcy, Oliver (April 30, 2016). "The untold story of Baked Alaska, a rapper turned BuzzFeed personality turned alt-right troll". Business Insider.
  2. ^ a b Marcy Kreiter, Alt-Right Movement: DeploraBall Spat Over 'Baked Alaska' Splitting Trump Supporters, International Business Times (December 27, 2016).
  3. ^ Novak, Matt. "Why Are Neo-Nazis on Twitter So Scared of Being Called Neo-Nazis?". Gizmodo. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Tognotti, Chris. "Pro-Trump internet comedian marched with white supremacists in Charlottesville". Dailydot. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Darcy, Oliver. "The untold story of Baked Alaska, a rapper turned BuzzFeed personality turned alt-right troll". Business Insider.
  6. ^ Bond, Laurel. "Mullet-Wearing Rapper Baked Alaska Wants You to Know He's Not a Parody". Vegas Seven. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tucker Takes on Buzzfeed Editor: How Many Trump Voters Work for You?". Fox News. Fox News. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Rothstein, Betsy. "Washington Post Reporter Warns Journalists To Avoid Tucker Carlson's 'Dunk Tank'". Daily Caller. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Schreckinger, Ben. "World War Meme". Politico. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Montgomery, Blake. "Here's What Really Happened At Saturday's Berkeley Riot". BuzzFeed. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  11. ^ Harkinson, Josh. "Meet Silicon Valley's Secretive Alt-Right Followers". Mother Jones. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Lamoureux, Mike. "Violent Protests Turned Berkeley into a Battleground". Vice. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Lee, Bruce. "Food Fight: Breitbart News Asks Readers To Boycott Kellogg's Products". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Eversley, Melanie. "#TrumpCup campaign hits Starbucks, draws questions". USA Today. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  15. ^ Earl, Jennifer. "Donald Trump supporters start #TrumpCup movement to protest Starbucks". CBS News. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Holmes, Jack. "These Alt-Right Bros Certainly Are Spending a Lot of Money at Starbucks". Esquire. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  17. ^ Leininger, Alex. "Trump supporters launch #TrumpCup as a protest against Starbucks". CNN.
  18. ^ Orlov, Alex. "Trump supporters attempt to troll Starbucks... by buying Starbucks". Mic. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  19. ^ Phillips, Kristine. "A Starbucks barista refused to write 'Trump' on a cup. How his supporters are striking back". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  20. ^ Hamedy, Saba. "Guy who failed at Starbucks boycott fails at 'Dear White People' boycott". Mashable. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  21. ^ Hanson, Hilary. "Donald Trump Supporters Protest Starbucks By Giving It Their Money". The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  22. ^ Smith, Allan. "Alt-right movement descends into civil war after leading figure is booted from Trump inauguration event". Business Insider. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  23. ^ Gray, Rosie. "The 'New Right' and the 'Alt-Right' Party on a Fractious Night". The Atlantic. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  24. ^ Kearney, Laila. "Trump fans' 'Deploraball' party shows rift in alt-right movement". Reuters. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  25. ^ Usborne, David. "'Islam is a threat to America': What the alt-right had to say at their rally after Portland's stabbings". Independent. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  26. ^ Willis, Jay. "White Nationalist Twitter Melts Down Over Fancy Inauguration Party Guest List". GQ. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  27. ^ Menegus, Bryan. "Who Gets to Party with the Alt-Right?". Gizmodo. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  28. ^ "Alt-Right Dickheads Bravely Cancel Their Netflix Subscriptions Over 'Dear White People'". Gizmodo. February 8, 2017.
  29. ^ Porter, Tom. "Who are the Alt-Right Leaders Addressing the White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville?". Newsweek. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  30. ^ "How to Tell If You're a Neo-Nazi". Gizmodo. 15 August 2017.
  31. ^ "Verified no more, Twitter drops blue check from white nationalists' accounts". Southern Poverty Law Center. 16 November 2017.
  32. ^ "The 'Ironic Nazi' Is Coming to an End". New York. 14 August 2017.
  33. ^ "Alt-Right Grifter 'Baked Alaska' Is Plotting A Comeback On YouTube". Right Wing Watch. 3 May 2018.
  34. ^ "Twitter Has Permanently Banned Alt-Right Troll Baked Alaska". BuzzFeed. 15 November 2017.
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