If you’ve watched much of Ben Shapiro’s podcasts, you’re sure to have walked away with some characterizations — “fast talker” being among the possibilities.
One not likely to make your Top 10: Nazi.
Yet, in a world with more information at our fingertips than ever before, there are young people protesting his appearances with signs and language that make obvious they’ve not thought to find out who or what he actually is — they just heard some Satan guy was comin’, and they were down for some outrage.
If I may…
Unsolicited advice to protestors, in general: Only protest things you know about.
They’ve got plenty of time to put that into practice ahead of Ben’s speech at Stanford University — he’ll be talking fast in a big room on November 7th.
Some people are already decrying the event, including cartoonist Eli Valley, who believes Jewish Ben is Jewish hater (?) Ben (?).
Let’s look, for a moment, at some defining characteristics of Nazis:
- Opposed to an armed citizenry
- Fond of banning things which don’t adhere to a particular viewpoint
Moving on, here’s Eli’s new ‘toon:
Stanford College Republicans—a hate group that in the past year has brought a Holocaust Revisionist and a Jew for Jesus to campus—is now hosting hatemonger @benshapiro. Flashback to when these Nazi allies called my portrait of Shapiro "Nazi"-like:https://t.co/Yk1DAZMJtB pic.twitter.com/NQ6aOLVtNN
— Eli Valley (@elivalley) October 12, 2019
So college Republicans (AKA Hitler Youth) = hate group.
And hate group = opposing Jewish people.
But Eli Valley ≠ opposing Jewish person Ben being able to show up and speak somewhere.
It’s hard to imagine the Hitler Youth inviting a man with a yarmulke to school them on how to be smart.
It seems to me we’re at a place in society where a whole lot of things are said just because they seem like they’d sound good to say.
Don’t like someone? Call ’em a Nazi — those guys are supposed to be jerks. Think someone’s got wrong ideas? Label ’em a fascist ’cause you heard that’s bad. Then black their eye and ignite their car.
But in Eli’s defense, he did take time to explain why the YAF should be wearing Michael Jordan mustaches:
Michael Jordan is 53 today. 3 more years and he'll tie Hitler for the oldest person to ever have a Hitler mustache. pic.twitter.com/wtjOojhO8r
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) February 17, 2016
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) December 6, 2011
You’re right, Arsenio.
Sorry — here we go:
To be clear, @YAF dipshits: They're Hitler Youth bc they hosted a Holocaust Revisionist, plastered student dorms w/images from Der Stürmer, champion the Hero of American Nazism, + now host a man who inspired a teen to become a Nazi + vandalize a synagogue.https://t.co/p2MmyHBk7G pic.twitter.com/oQOmdcfLOq
— Eli Valley (@elivalley) October 16, 2019
And they’re not just Nazis; they’re also terrorists:
They should've been thrown off campus after terrorizing students w/Der Stürmer images, but bc GOP has normalized the most horrific white supremacist antisemitism, and bc we've been gaslit into redefining antisemitism to mean "anti-Likud," hate groups like SCR + @YAF get away w/it
— Eli Valley (@elivalley) October 16, 2019
“They should’ve been thrown off campus” — I’m not in any way suggesting Eli’s of the Third Reich persuasion, but isn’t that kind of a Nazi thing to say?
Another guy speaking out against Ben being allowed to talk on campus is Dr. Eugene Gu, who believes the prodigious violinist (here playing “Schindler’s List”) should be straitjacketed:
With all the violent gun threats he made, including those against specific individuals and public officers, Ben Shapiro should be under consideration for a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold and have all his firearms removed from his possession.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 11, 2019
If you aren’t familiar with the reference, here’s Beto’s expressed plan to pull tax exemption from any institution which doesn’t endorse gay marriage, followed by Ben’s response:
Beto stuns, claims churches, colleges and universities should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage. pic.twitter.com/YvzP28Ehhs
— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) October 11, 2019
Ben Shapiro warns that if politicians try to mandate LGBTQ 'indoctrination' at all schools, then he will "pick up a gun." Further adding "Beto O'Rourke does not get to raise my child. And if he tries, I will meet him at the door with a gun" pic.twitter.com/Hq7SyF7FeI
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) October 11, 2019
Eugene’s absolutely anti-Ben-speaking because Shapiro has “zero…critical thinking skills”:
Stanford inviting Ben Shapiro to speak on campus is an absolute disgrace. Ben is a dishonest troll with zero intellectual depth or critical thinking skills. He only knows how to inflame and manipulate the media to cover his antics and gain legitimacy through his bullying lies.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 12, 2019
This was the doctor in July:
Some define a man as a person who is genetically male with a Y chromosome. But some intersex individuals with a Y chromosome can have female sexual characteristics and even give birth. Some say a man is anyone who identifies as a man regardless of female sexual characteristics.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 16, 2019
This is where I end the article abruptly like a bad SNL sketch, because I believe there’s nothing left to say. And I think it’s your turn — I look forward to hearing your thoughts on all this. Was Ben’s gun message wrong? Can you make sense of Eli’s Nazi deduction? Are you familiar with the propagandistic weekly German tabloid-format newspaper, Der Stürmer, or to what incident the cartoonish refers? Are you a man who’s had an abortion? Was Michael Jordan insane? Let us all know, in the Comments section.
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