We’re living in the attention economy, where a lot of eyeballs translates to dollars, and a career. And the problem with QAnon is that it allows you to tap into an instant, massive audience that will worship at your feet if you’re an attractive woman.
So says journalist Travis View, reporting on Q-pilled wellness influencer Krystal Tini, who exploded her social media engagement in March of 2020 when she started sharing QAnon-related horrors and hashtags.
In May, yoga influencer Bizzie Gold posted a video to a private subscription group in which she spoke about “the transhumanist agenda,” and “the satanic agenda,” and referred to “adrenochrome”, the fictional rejuvenation substance said to be siphoned from abused children by New World Order flunkies. (By email, Gold said that she did not endorse QAnon.)
In September, I reported on “holistic psychiatrist” Kelly Brogan’s right-hand turn into COVID-denialism. In a video sermon, she terror-teased her followers with soft-Q references to “vaccine microchipping” and lockdown measures being like the “dehumanization agendas that preceded the Holocaust.” Brogan’s husband, Sayer Ji, was more explicit, inviting his 500K member strong social media following to “take the red pill” and sharing hashtags like #pizzagateisreal. When given the chance to disavow QAnon in a email requesting comment, Ji demurred.
The algorithms these influencers game are the machine-version upgrades of their organic talent for extending evidence-free charisma in frictionless space.
In the online conspirituality space, Tini, Gold, Brogan, and Ji all flex at different power levels. Tini fits the wellness precariat archetype: a yoga teacher who sells magical water and supplements through MLMs, as well as yoga mats emblazoned with slogans like “I am the Creator of My Universe”. Her IG numbers are currently at 37K. Gold has flirted with A-level celebrity, riding her success with her “Buti Yoga” brand to appearances on the Dr. Oz show as “The Millennial Voice of Personal Empowerment”. Sayer Ji is a human firehouse of…