No laughing matter: Comedian Lawrence Mooney rips into Pete Evans after he shared a Nazi meme on social media – and reveals why the disgraced chef will be celebrating his notoriety

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Australian comedian Lawrence Mooney has ripped into controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans on his Triple M radio show, Moonman in the Morning.

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On Wednesday, the 55-year-old funnyman branded the former MKR star ‘Pete the peanut’ for sharing a ‘deeply offensive, pro-Nazi’ cartoon on Instagram.

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‘Pete, you can’t put neo-Nazi symbols on Insta for a laugh,’ he said in disbelief.  

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'You can't put neo-Nazi symbols on Insta!' Australian comedian Lawrence Mooney ripped into controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans on his Triple M radio show on Wednesday

‘You can’t put neo-Nazi symbols on Insta!’ Australian comedian Lawrence Mooney ripped into controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans on his Triple M radio show on Wednesday

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After explaining how many companies have now cut ties with Pete over the controversy, including Woolworths and Big W, Lawrence then branded the celebrity chef ‘paranoid’.

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‘But being a paranoid anti-vaxxer, he’ll see it as the system trying to silence him,’ he said.

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‘And guess what? It’s the system trying to silence him! Pete, you can’t keep saying whatever you want and not expect repercussions.’

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'Pete, ya can't keep saying whatever you want and not expect repercussions,' he said

‘Pete, ya can’t keep saying whatever you want and not expect repercussions,’ he said

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Evans was dropped by 15 sponsors and companies after posting a neo-Nazi meme to social media over the weekend.

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The list includes his publisher Pan Macmillan, bookstore Dymocks, BIG W, Coles, kitchenware company Baccarat, Woolworths, House homewares, Target, Kmart, Booktopia, David Jones and Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

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Also severing ties are Readings and Gleebooks bookstores, while Natural Raw C coconut water revealed it had ended its agreement with the 47-year-old disgraced chef earlier this year. 

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Dropped: Evans was dropped by 15 sponsors and companies after posting a neo-Nazi meme to social media over the weekend

Dropped: Evans was dropped by 15 sponsors and companies after posting a neo-Nazi meme to social media over the weekend

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Evans has faced significant backlash for sharing the neo-Nazi meme on Facebook on Sunday.

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The post was a cartoon of a caterpillar wearing a MAGA cap and a butterfly with the racist Black Sun emblem on its wing – with the suggestion being that neo-Nazism is the natural evolution for Donald Trump supporters.

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Pete is an enthusiastic supporter of the president and advocates the baseless claim that Joe Biden only won the 2020 election due to voter fraud.

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The Black Sun symbol became infamous after it was introduced by top-ranking Nazi Heinrich Himmler during World War II.

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Meme: The post was a cartoon of a caterpillar wearing a MAGA cap and a butterfly with the racist Black Sun emblem on its wing - with the suggestion being that neo-Nazism is the natural evolution for Donald Trump supporters

Meme: The post was a cartoon of a caterpillar wearing a MAGA cap and a butterfly with the racist Black Sun emblem on its wing – with the suggestion being that neo-Nazism is the natural evolution for Donald Trump supporters

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The symbol has since been adopted by numerous neo-Nazi groups, and by Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant.

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Evans seemingly confirmed he was aware of the meaning of the symbol when a fan stated they recognised it, and Pete replied: ‘I was waiting for someone to see that.’

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He later deleted the post on Monday afternoon and replaced it with an image of a rainbow heart alongside an ‘apology’ in which he claimed he would be ‘studying all of the symbols that have ever existed’ to make sure he doesn’t offend anyone again.

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‘Sincere apologies to anyone who misinterpreted a previous post of a caterpillar and a butterfly having a chat over a drink and perceived that I was promoting hatred,’ he wrote.

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‘I look forward to studying all of the symbols that have ever existed and research them thoroughly before posting. Hopefully this symbol resonates deeply into the hearts of ALL!’

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'Sincere apologies to anyone who misinterpreted a previous post of a caterpillar and a butterfly having a chat over a drink and perceived that I was promoting hatred,' Pete wrote

‘Sincere apologies to anyone who misinterpreted a previous post of a caterpillar and a butterfly having a chat over a drink and perceived that I was promoting hatred,’ Pete wrote

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