Agency Dumps Mizzou SJW: Weird Videos He Doesn’t Want You To See

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 10:36 pm, May 11, 2016

Jonathan Butler ‘dumped by talent agency’

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Video: ‘America pisses me off… capitalism pisses me off’

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Agency Dumps Mizzou SJW: Weird Videos He Doesn’t Want You To See

The talent-booking agency that has helped the University of Missouri’s most famous protester launch a speaking tour at elite institutions around the country appears to have dropped him, following the publication of videos and blog posts that show him saying and doing disturbing things.

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Earlier this week, Heat Street published a story with exclusive videos and blog posts from five years ago that show Jonathan Butler, the hunger striker during protests at Mizzou last fall, talking derisively about women and low-income workers and singing about crack cocaine.

Apparently in response to our story, Butler sent out a series of tweets Tuesday evening proclaiming that he’s not the same person that he was five years ago.

Meanwhile, we’ve unearthed another set of videos by Butler, and they are equally odd. It’s unclear when Butler filmed the three videos. One, excerpted below, shows Butler sitting at his computer. “There is nothing going on right now,” text on the screen says. “I GOT a job And the weekend is 5 minutes away So what should I do to celebrate? How about……… A One Night Stand?” The rest of the video features Butler dancing alone to a song about how “a one night stand is all I need.”



In a second video, also excerpted here, Butler says that both capitalism and America “piss me off.” The footage is shot in a Wal-Mart, where he’s shopping for a new camera. Throughout much of the nearly four-minute video, he questions why one camera is more expensive than others.

“Really, America?” Butler asks. “Is this what we’ve come down to? I don’t know. It’s just been a rough night. I’ve been thinking about life. And America just kind of pissed me off.” The video ends with text saying “Capitalism Kills” and “Don’t Buy into America’s Hype.”



A third video appears to show Butler throwing some sort of powder in the air, like the LeBron James chalk toss. It intersperses highly edited footage of Butler, an inspirational interlude from Christian rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H., and text including: “The Man. The Legend. The Chosen One. The Saga Begins May 2012. The Man. The Legend. The Man.”



Butler’s seven-day hunger strike during two months of race protests last fall led to the resignation of the University of Missouri’s president, Tim Wolfe, and contributed to the ousting of school’s chancellor, Bowen Loftin.

Since then, Butler has been invited to speak on diversity, equity and inclusion about a half-a-dozen times across the United States, including at both Duke and Harvard law schools, as well as a keynote speech at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

But before he became a celebrated college protestor, Butler authored some strange videos and blog posts, including ones in which he derided women and glorified drugs.

In videos and blog posts surfaced by Heat Street earlier this week, Butler spoke negatively of “ratchet” women, a term for women who are loose or trashy, and low-income workers. Butler, who comes from a wealthy family, also talks about chronically stealing food so “ideally” he could be caught and “beat like Rodney King.” Another 9-minute video featured him singing about cooking crack cocaine.

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Since Heat Street published that story on May 9, All American Speakers, which listed Butler as an available speaker last week, has since removed his page. A representative for the celebrity-talent booker declined to say whether it would still work with Butler.

Butler did not respond to a request for comment from Heat Street emailed Wednesday afternoon, and he failed to answer several queries sent to him the week before our first story ran.

But Butler did seem to refer to the controversy in a series of tweets on Tuesday evening.

Heat Street reviewed the video footage and blog posts after a tip from student activists and social-justice warriors at the University of Missouri. During the unrest at the school in October and November, Butler functioned as a spokesman of sorts for the protesters. But prior to that, he hadn’t been involved in on-campus activism there, our tipsters said, and at the time, they had looked into his online presence because they were concerned about his speaking for everyone.

More recently, they provided what they had found to Heat Street to give more context to the events of last fall. Some of the videos, which had been posted to YouTube, and blog posts have since been deleted or made private. But our sources retained copies that they were able to show us.

We asked the institutions that have hosted Butler as a speaker over the past six months whether they knew about his videos and blog posts when they invited him. By deadline, our media inquiries went unanswered from SCLC, Duke, and Harvard, among others.

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A spokesman for the University of Denver, where Butler spoke last week, said it had been “unaware of Butler’s former blog posts and videos” when it invited him. “While we don’t endorse any one speaker’s views, the University’s goal is [to] create space for diverse viewpoints to be presented and discussed,” he said in an email.

Ford Motor Company and the Wright Museum recently announced they will award Butler the first-ever Ford Courage Award later this month. Neither responded to Heat Street’s inquiries by deadline.

— Jillian Kay Melchior writes for Heat Street and is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and Independent Women’s Forum.