In recent days the acclaimed American writer Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, has become embroiled in accusations of antisemitism following her promotion of a book by the British conspiracy theorist David Icke during an interview with the New York Times. Icke rose to fame – or infamy – in Britain during the early 1990s when he abandoned his career as a successful television sports presenter to become the self-styled “Son of the Godhead”, warning British TV and radio audiences of a secret cabal of lizard-people seeking to enslave humanity. Since then he has refined his allegations, claiming that the unnamed reptilian race emerged in the Middle East some 6000 years ago, exerting a malevolent influence over world history through the creation of the international banking system and the sponsorship of such individuals as the millionaire-turned-philanthropist and far-right hate-figure, George Soros.
Until recently David Icke had largely fallen into obscurity in the United Kingdom, initial sympathy for his obvious mental health problems in the 1990s turning to derision in the early 2000s as his stories of shape-shifting alien overlords became evermore deranged. However, every dog has its day, and the rise of the Brexit movement in the UK has given the ex-journalist a new lease of life. This started with a TV appearance on This Week, the leading BBC news and politics show, just before the referendum vote to leave the European Union in 2016, and has continued to the present day, with his elevation to the position of an expert on EU wrongdoing by the mainstream press in London, including the likes of the Daily Mail, the Daily Star and the Express.
Which makes the apparent outrage in the British news media at the supportive words of the novelist Alice Walker somewhat ironic given that UK journalists and editors have been giving a platform to David Icke and his outrageous fake histories and sly insinuations for the last two years.