And a lot of y’all are falling for it. I’m not saying the guy’s a white supremacist, but he is the living embodiment of the exact strategy they’ve telegraphed in their secret meetings (that have been easily infiltrated) for years. Tone it down. Mainstream it. Deny, deny, deny. All I know is that I’ve had to explain how creepily similar a lot of the shit that comes out of his mouth is to religious fundamentalism to a lot of supposedly countercultural people who should really know better. As far as I can tell, this is largely because of his appearances on the Joe Rogan and Duncan Trussell podcasts and Jake concedes that’s why he was initially defending the guy. In each of these conversations, yep, the person I’m talking to (some who have been rather influential I might point out) doesn’t actually know that he also goes on conservative shows saying pernicious completely non factual nonsense like there’s no such thing as white privilege or that the gender pay gap isn’t a thing (you can read his utterly insane ideas on that here).
Here’s a fun synchronicity though. I’d been meaning to bring this up for weeks now because the last podcast we did about him got such a reaction but, errr, we just kept getting sidetracked. I’m always high as shit on these things but this time I was like, no, I need to finally address all that and wow. We recorded this last Wednesday night and then on Friday the creep was quoted in the New York Times proposing “enforced monogamy” as a solution to mass murders on the exact day a kid shot up his school because a girl who was way out of his league rejected him. Not a good look. Oh, but that quote was taken out of context his fans say. Yeah, he clarified and said young men need partners so they don’t attack and society should make sure they’re married. Go read the article again. Was I surprised by any of this? Nope, and yeah, this episode was actually recorded right before all that.