Ostracized alt-right activist Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet is attempting a comeback by courting the people behind a YouTube channel called “Ice Poseidon” with more than 500,000 subscribers.
Gionet became isolated from the few remaining far-right social media allies he had last month when he briefly discouraged his alt-right fans from spamming his YouTube videos with paid text-to-voice messages containing racial slurs and neo-Nazi rhetoric. This caused some of Gionet’s far-right allies to turn on him.
Slightly more mainstream conservative social media figures turned on Gionet long ago when he began openly courting unabashed white nationalists while posting anti-Semitic and racist content, which he has continued to do ever since.
As we noted last month, in just the last year, Gionet has:
Hosted neo-Nazi blogger Andrew Anglin on his YouTube channel.
Promoted the candidacy of Paul Nehlen, an unabashed anti-Semite running for Congress in Wisconsin.
Admitted that Breitbart News had asked him to conceal his anti-Semitic views when he worked with Milo Yiannopoulous.
Urged white people to have more children and form coalitions because white people are “the ones that are picking the right people” in elections.
Held a speaking slot at the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year.
Posted anti-Semitic “gas chamber” memes on Twitter before he was eventually banned from the site.
Shared video memes of the “14 Words,” a well-known white supremacist slogan.
Declared that he has “no problem with white nationalists”.
Harassed a journalist who identified his ties to white supremacists.
The “Ice Poseidon” channel, which has more than half a million YouTube subscribers, often live streams derogatory clickbait content aimed at an audience that often presents itself as “ironically” racist.The main figure associated with the channel, Paul Denino, said on a live stream yesterday that Gionet was “working with my manager now” and Denino’s manager Brent Kaskel said he had given Gionet production equipment.
Later, Gionet mentioned that he was talking about “management stuff” with Kaskel as early as March. Gionet has said in other conversations that vitriolic anti-Semite Samaria Ruiz “helps me out” in addition to his manager, who is now presumably Kaskel.
In their first collaborative stream, Denino and Gionet had tried to make money by putting a young woman in a straitjacket and taping over her mouth with the premise that they were trying to find out if “she has what it takes to be a livestreamer.” The stream ended in a screaming match.
Gionet has desperately tried to balance his white nationalist sympathies with his desire to be accepted by mainstream conservative media.
Update: Shortly after the publication of this article, Denino spoke with his manager on stream and the duo decided to cut their professional ties with Baked Alaska and Kaskel apologized to fans for bringing him into their online community, citing Right Wing Watch’s article.