What started out as a bad week to attend a country music concert on the Las Vegas strip (as one does) ended up being one of the very best weeks to congratulate yourself for having known that someone was secretly a member of the alt-right, and it just goes to show, no matter how bad things get, there could be some opportunity for personal benefit.
It started out with the aforementioned mass shooting in Las Vegas. Some nutty, older CAC, armed with enough jerry-rigged machine guns to film an Expendables movie, opened fire on the crowd at a country music festival from 32 floors up at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 people and injuring over 500 other people. Though it isn’t clear if he actually shot 500 people, or if that number includes people who stubbed their toe running to safety.
Not that I blame them. If I so much as spilled some of my beer trying to get out of that bitch, I’d claim to be injured. That might be the only way to get a check, if there’s a class-action suit against the casino, or the company that organized the festival. Or shit, even the company that made the beer. Certainly, the casino can’t claim to not have any money. It’s an MFN casino! They’ll probably make it all back anyway. I’d even consider taking some of my settlement in “comps.”
The truly terrifying thing about this shooting is that no one knows why he did it. He may have just been trollin’. ISIS claims he converted to Islam six months ago, but they may have just read that on Infowars. They’ve been known to take credit for shit they didn’t really do. CNN or someone spoke with the guy’s brother, and he said the guy didn’t have any discernible religious or political views to speak—which is a fairly common thing for a white guy of a certain age. They don’t like to talk politics.
Tom Petty died right around the same time, and it’s probably for the best that the shooter was murdered by the police, possibly as part of a coverup, before he heard the news. Statistically, there’s basically no way he wasn’t a fan, and if he found out that Petty died he would have been even more upset. Who knows what he would have done?
Things took a turn for the better when it was revealed, in a shocking exposé in the Fader, that popular music vlogger Anthony Fantano is a member of the alt-right. He had an alt-right YouTube channel, thatistheplan, that he deleted shortly after the Fader enquired about why it was so racist. He later claimed, on Twitter, that he deleted it because YouTube refused to monetize it. In his defense, that might also be true, and it would explain why it was no big deal for him to just delete that shit.
He started out just doing album reviews, but then he realized, during a podcast interview with someone from Gamergate (natch), that he could increase his income by a third by creating a separate channel, with videos of him performing a sort of blackface routine with pictures of dead black people hanging from trees and memes with the dreaded n-word in them in the background.
Admittedly, if someone told me I could increase my income by a third by embracing certain racist beliefs … I’m not saying I definitely would do it, but I’d least have to consider it. Ultimately, it would come down to what exactly those beliefs were. Most stereotypes, if you notice, are at least kinda true. That’s why they’re so offensive.
No but really.
If you search Anthony Fantano on Twitter, there’s a shedload of kids, possibly from “4chan,” arguing that the Fader is full of shit (which is true, generally speaking) and that Fantano isn’t racist. For what it’s worth, there does seem to be evidence that he’s not alt-right in any meaningful sense of the term. (It doesn’t help that the kid from the Fader doesn’t seem to be clear what exactly the alt-right is.)
Then there was the big article yesterday in Buzzfeed on Milo Yiannopoulos’ ties to the alt-right. It’s kind of a bullshit article, in that it shows Yiannopoulos consulting members of the alt-right, to get their opinion on an article he was working on, and then uses that to smear everyone else he ever interacted with as a tantamount Klansman by association.
Worse, the article is highly selective, and manipulative, when it comes to the people it tries to throw under a bus. Notice, for example, how Broadly’s mission statement about representing the full range of women’s experiences is juxtaposed with Mitch Sunderland calling Lindy West a fat feminist, as if he reached out to Yiannopoulos on behalf of the site.
One thing the article fails to take into consideration is the fact that Sunderland is gay. Gay guys are allowed to say all kinds of fucked up shit about women, and even watch as they undress, because they don’t pose a serious threat. They don’t have the strength in the wrist to slap the shit out of a woman.
Two women from the media industry, one a film editor and one a producer at E!, are quoted reaching out to Milo. Neither one of them is named, but notice how they refer to LCD rap tastemaker Adam22 by his full government name, as if he tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan.
As we “speak,” all of the very best people on Twitter are calling for Sunderland to be let go from Broadly. Meanwhile, we couldn’t get those two women fired if we wanted to. The fact that Buzzfeed, which is supposedly run by a black woman, is protecting their identities is an object lesson in how feminism functions as the handmaiden of white supremacy.
Take it easy on yourself,