As the Federal Communications Commission is preparing on a vote to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules Thursday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai appeared in a video on the conservative site The Daily Caller entitled, “Ajit Pai Wants The Internet To Know You Can Still Harlem Shake After Net Neutrality.”
The video includes Pai doing various things he claims everyone will still be able to do after net neutrality is repealed, including binge-watching your favorite television shows, shopping for Christmas presents online, and posting pictures of your food on Instagram. At the end of the video, Pai says you’ll even be able to post Harlem Shake videos, referring to the popular internet meme from 2013.
Pai fails to mention any consequences of repealing net neutrality.
Perhaps even worse than the FCC Chairman openly mocking the idea of rolling back a policy designed to prevent internet service providers from offering preferential treatment to certain content over their lines is who joins him in the video.
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Alongside Pai in the Harlem Shake portion of the video is Daily Caller video producer Martina Markota. Gizmodo reported that Markota was a prominent proponent of Pizzagate, the popular, baseless conspiracy theory that claims elite Democrats were running a child sex trafficking ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizza shop, Comet Ping Pong. The conspiracy theory eventually drove a man to “self-investigate” the matter for himself, driving up from North Carolina, entering the pizzeria armed with an AR-15, and opening fire.
In a now unlisted YouTube video on her personal channel, Markota discussed the details of the Pizzagate theory in full. According to Gizmodo, she explained the extent to which the the Clinton family and John Podesta were allegedly involved in the conspiracy, along with the roles emails, cocaine, “government pedo programs,” and “cheese pizza,” which she alleges is a code word for “child pornography,” played in it.
“This is not something I’m making up because I’m trying to, you know, put in my fantasy version of what’s going on and interject it into these email scandals, this is independently of the campaign I know what cheese pizza is,” Markota said in the video.
Markota likely unlisted the video after a number of other Pizzagate proponents, including Mike Cernovich and Alex Jones, distanced themselves from the theory.