This is simply, glaringly incorrect. David Icke has spent thousands upon thousands of hours advancing his Annunaki theory of the world, and while what he says is certainly anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic, and outright insane, it’s also very much about lizards. (I will note here that I too am Jewish, and having spent 32 years on Earth, I feel fairly confident that I can identify both veiled and outright anti-Semitism.) If you’re extremely curious about how all the dizzying concentric circles of weirdness contained in Icke’s theories look, here is a very long YouTube video of one of his talks:

Icke doesn’t have that many serious followers or fans, that I can tell; he’s simply too far out there. (It is true, though, that he spends his time on a sort of perpetual world tour, and the tickets must sell well enough for it to continue to be worth his time. He also makes comically bad memes on Twitter.) Walker, in fact, is by far the most famous and mainstream among them, and her praise the most unqualified.


“Icke is a rare, free, being,” she wrote on her blog in 2014. “He just gets out there and says what he thinks about what he’s found out. It’s unusually thrilling. While waiting for the October 25th event to become available on Youtube I watched the March 2014 talk, Remember Who You Are, which I found exhilarating. Whatever happens to David or to any of us, we’ve been brought into the realm of an entirely different interpretation of life on the planet than the one with which we were raised. I find it exciting, scarily fresh, definitely liberating. I am immensely grateful.”

This brings us to the more pressing question of how in the world Alice Walker fell into the deep end of the pool. The answer seems to be that, like many older people, she has discovered the internet as a wonderful font of knowledge, without necessarily developing any kind of screen to sift fact from bullshit. In 2017, she wrote a hideously and openly anti-Semitic poem on her website, “It Is Our Frightful Duty to Study the Talmud,” which accused that esoteric sacred text of being a manual for how Jews control the world. What follows is both viciously anti-Semitic and very bad poetry, but it also contains the alarming and revealing words, “For a more in-depth study, I recommend starting with YouTube.”

It is our duty, I believe, to study The Talmud.

It is within this book that,

I believe, we will find answers

To some of the questions

That most perplex us.

Where to start?

You will find some information,

Slanted, unfortunately,

By Googling. For a more in depth study

I recommend starting with YouTube. Simply follow the trail of “The

Talmud” as its poison belatedly winds its way

Into our collective consciousness.

Walker added:

Is Jesus boiling eternally in hot excrement, For his “crime” of throwing the bankers

Out of the Temple? For loving, standing with,

And defending

The poor? Was his mother, Mary,

A whore?

Are Goyim (us) meant to be slaves of Jews, and not only

That, but to enjoy it?

Are three year old (and a day) girls eligible for marriage and intercourse?

Are young boys fair game for rape?

Must even the best of the Goyim (us, again) be killed?

Pause a moment and think what this could mean

Or already has meant

In our own lifetime.

You may find that as the cattle

We have begun to feel we are

We have an ancient history of oppression

Of which most of us have not been even vaguely

Aware. You will find that we, Goyim, sub-humans, animals

-The Palestinians of Gaza

The most obvious representatives of us

At the present time – are a cruel example of what may be done

With impunity, and without conscience,

By a Chosen people,

To the vast majority of the people

On the planet

Who were not Chosen.

This is all a wild distortion of the Talmud, promoted by anti-Semitic YouTube channels, and it’s just the most blatant of a number of conspiracy theories Walker has promoted. Some of them are harmless and charming: In 2014 she expressed enthusiasm for crop circles. She’s a fan of Vandana Shiva, a controversial anti-GMO activist who has a lot of support on the left. Sometimes they are a lot less charming or harmless: She’s repeatedly praised the Nation of Islam’s leader Louis Farrakhan, who is himself a particularly virulent anti-Semite, and expressed sympathy for his idea that someone is behind a “global depopulation” effort aimed at black citizens. Earlier this year, she seemed to compare vaccines to bullets, likening them to weapons of war:

How to maim and kill

Children at will

In every war

Whether soft or hard;

Whether with bullets

Or vaccines

Or the withholding

Of bread.

All of this is both dispiriting and sad: Alice Walker wrote one of the finest and most influential American novels of all time, and it’s regrettable that she’s descended into a mass of wild bullshit. Perhaps this time we can try to not forget Walker’s current-day stances, and even question her on them when she’s inevitably interviewed again; perhaps, too, we can encourage all of our parents and older relatives to approach YouTube with caution and to—for the love of all that is good—not use it as an engine to research the Talmud.