In 2016, a gunman entered Pulse â a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL â and opened fire, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others in the deadliest attack against LGBTQ people in U.S. history. On June 9, 2021, days before the five-year anniversary of the shooting, Neo-Nazi livestreamer Tim âBaked Alaskaâ Gionet filmed himself mocking the victims.
In a brief livestream from the site of the shooting, which has since been converted into an interim memorial, Gionet raised his middle finger. âHereâs the Pulse nightclub. Fuck you Pulse nightclub,â he sang. âHappy Pride Month! Iâm glad youâre not here anymore!â
Gionet continued to walk along a wall decorated with photographs and other keepsakes until he reached a glass barrier where people can view a wall that was breached by first responders during the shooting.
Looking at the holes in the buildingâs walls, Gionet remarked that âyou can still see the shit that was shot through,â but quickly concluded that it was âJewish propaganda, 100%.â âThis is a movie set, dude, this is not real!â he exclaimed. âWho are you â who are you kidding out here?â
He continued mocking people whose photos were displayed on the wall, referring to them as âgayâ and a âbunch of queers.â
Gionet, who has been banned from YouTube and, most recently, from Trovo, uploaded the video to a backup YouTube channel. The video was briefly set to âprivate,â meaning it was not displayed on the YouTube channel home page and could only be viewed by people who have been invited to do so.
He is currently awaiting trial on charges of trespassing in a restricted area and disorderly conduct after he filmed himself inside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. In an April livestream with white nationalist podcaster Nick Fuentes, Gionet claimed he was a victim of âpolitical persecution.â