A popular gaming YouTuber, JonTron, has become the target of abuse for airing his views critical of the progressive left. JonTron, whose real name is Jonathan Jafari, is an American gamer with over 3 million subscribers on YouTube.
The YouTuber recently did a five-hour interview stream with Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin, who was temporarily banned from Twitter for reasons undisclosed by the platform (but which apparently involved interracial gay porn). They discussed controversial political issues that ruffled the feathers of a few fans, prompting them to unsubscribe and create megathreads denouncing him.
Jafari’s words were taken widely out of context by outraged crybullies who had long despised him for myriad reasons, including his opposition to GamerGate “celebrity” and Crash Override Network founder Zoe Quinn and his neutral stance to the entire GamerGate fiasco.
During the conversation, Benjamin and Jafari were critical about the Women’s March on DC. They said it accomplished very little and didn’t amount to much of a protest because women in the United States did not face the same oppression as those living elsewhere.
In a tweet by Curtis Bonds, a lesser-known YouTuber with a significant following on Twitter, Jafari was painted as a misogynist. Among many false allegations, Bonds claimed that Jafari said “women are in no way oppressed.”
Oh hey, in case you're wondering what Jon did this time, here's a summation of the kind of shit he said on that live stream earlier. pic.twitter.com/FIQ76EHc5C
— CurtDogg (@CurtisBonds) January 28, 2017
However, Jafari calls himself pro-choice, in his own words, and expressed that he had no problem with institutions like Planned Parenthood facilitating abortions. He stated his opposition to the government’s funding of abortions overseas. He was critical of Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, an organizer of the Women’s March who publicly supports Sharia Law—a system that marginalizes women as second-class citizens. Jafari has been branded a “sexist.”
Jafari was also critical of the feminist movement. He observed that intersectional feminists were ousting or silencing white women based on the progressive stack. He criticized liberals for insisting that everything is racist, remarking that “reality is racist to these people,” and pointed out how crybullies will often cannibalize their own (citing the mass shaming of Joss Whedon as an example) whenever anyone stepped out of line.
He did not hold back from criticizing political correctness, which he called “Secular Sharia Law,” but said he disagreed with equally hyperbolic arguments from the right that call liberals “the real racists.”
“One side says you are crazy, the other side says you are racist,” he said. Jafari highlighted his disdain towards the far-left for branding anyone they disagreed with as “Nazis.”
On cue, Jafari was branded a Nazi.
Some people even threatened to violently assault him for his opinions.
jontron is for real joking about being a nazi right now mate seriously is this an actual suicidal thing because i will punch you to death
— i dont care (@cisph0bic) January 29, 2017
— calamity mika (@quatoria) January 29, 2017
If I see JonTron in NYC imma rip his neckbeard off and punch him in his stupid face
— Shannon Tiare (@8bitonionring) January 29, 2017
— 2017th Cycle H-Dawg (@tombstone_city) January 28, 2017
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— Paige ☆ DeCobray (@witchgoblin) January 28, 2017
Jafari, who isn’t keen on violence, stated: “I fully encourage anybody on any side of the spectrum to talk it the f**k out. Don’t condone political violence. Don’t do that.”
Throughout various points in the interview, Jafari was enthusiastic in his support of meritocracy, highlighting how America was founded on equality as an ideal—judging people on the content of their character.
He also pointed out how the political pendulum swung from one extreme to the next, and that it was imperative for millennials to recognize history and how far removed social justice activists are from the context of the past.
Regardless of the nuance in Jafari’s opinions, perpetually outraged progressives persist on demonizing him as a fascist because he, like many other classical liberals, has become little more than a bogeyman for them to focus their hatred onto. There’s nothing more they dislike than a liberal who points out their failings.