Ex-celebrity chef Pete Evans has taunted on Instagram’s latest virus shutdown by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, telling people to vote against her and alluding to a “agenda” plot.
The post was mostly lauded by followers who flooded Evans’ Instagram page with wild theories about Ms Ardern putting the country “under martial law,” slammed for its “bullying” language.
Beside it he wrote, “If you want to see the agenda play out. Keep an eye on NZ over the coming months. Vote for freedom in the coming election.”
He added a link to @nzpp_official, the Instagram page of the New Zealand Public Party, an anti-lockdown political party with the motto, “It is Time to Take Back New Zealand for the people”.
Right after Evans’ post, one person criticised him, writing “Pete, come on mate, I’ve always really liked you and what you believe in … Please don’t turn this into bullying. The message you are spreading is better than that.”
One of the few critics of Evans’ post on his page wrote, “Chef Pete have lived (sic) and admired you and all you stand for, for years in particular your food philosophy.
“But I’m not sure why you are getting obsessed with this Covid outbreak and conspiracy theories?
“Why as a highly respected chef would you get into this space?”