03.15.2017 09:39 AM

When you say: “I’m becoming anti-Semitic,” are you anti-Semitic?

Not good.

That’s what Rebel Media’s Gavin McInnes said on a video, found here.

Here’s some other things he said:

  • “God, [Jews are] so obsessed with the Holocaust. … I don’t know if it’s healthy to dwell.”
  • “I felt myself defending the super-far-right Nazis, just because I was sick of so much [Holocaust] brainwashing.”
  • “…much less than six million [were murdered in the Holocaust] and they starved to death and they weren’t gassed.”
  • “[A man-made famine that killed millions in Soviet Ukraine was caused] by Jews. That was by Marxist, Stalinist, left-wing, commie, socialist Jews.”
  • “[WWII was caused by the Treaty of Versailles, which was] disproportionately influenced by Jewish intellectuals.”
  • And, as noted, “I’m becoming anti-Semitic.”

I don’t think there can be any doubt those statements are unambiguously anti-Semitic, but in case you have any doubt, they were enthusiastically promoted – and celebrated – by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, and America’s current neo-Nazi leader, Richard Spencer:

Around the same time McInnes made his statements, another Rebel Media person, Lauren Southern, abruptly left the organization.  Southern also counts Spencer and assorted neo-Nazis and white supremacists among her fan base.  There is a lot of speculation online that she is more aligned with the National Policy Institute’s Richard Spencer than with Rebel Media’s  Ezra Levant.  Personally, I don’t know if that’s true: I have never watched any of her many (many) videos.

Now, am I fan of the Rebel web site? Full disclosure: not really.  That’s particularly the case after Rebel’s Faith Goldy defended a far-Right pedophile in a bizarre effort to slime me for, um, being critical of pedophiles.

Anyway.  Ezra and I have a long, long history.  We’ve slammed each other, we’ve sued each other, we’ve gone after each other.  When Sun News Network started up, Kory Teneycke asked us to enter into an armistice, and so we did.  It’s held ever since, and I’ve been content to let other people fight with Ezra.  Been there, done that.

And I will give Ezra credit for this much: one, he built the Rebel thing from the ground up, and he has turned it into a significant player in the Canadian media universe.  It’s not a news service, not by a long shot – it’s simply a web platform for Right-wing and far-Right-wing opinion – but it’s not inconsequential.

Two, Ezra is not an anti-Semite.  Not just because he’s Jewish – Ezra has been more critical of other Canadian Jews than Jim Keegstra, Ernst Zundel and Paul Fromm put together.  He’s not anti-Semitic because, basically, he’s not anti-Semitic.

So what, then, is he doing keeping the likes of Gavin McInnes on the payroll?  What is the truth about alt-Right heroine Lauren Southern and her speedy departure?  Is Rebel Media so free-speechy that it will now give an uncritical platform to Holocaust denier rhetoric?

Some say all this means the end of Rebel Media.  Personally, I doubt it.  They seriously underestimate Ezra Levant.

But it’s all deeply unsettling, and pretty off-brand, too.  When Ezra Levant is prepared to play host to the likes of Gavin McInnes, spouting anti-Semitic filth, well…it’s not good.

For him.


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    Eric Weiss says:

    The readers who follow the Rebel won’t care. They’re all bigots and anti-Semites anyway.

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      Ted H says:

      Ezra is such an ugly little twerp, in so many ways.

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    Charlie says:

    Spencer’s use of the term “fam” is… ironic, at best.

    These people are provocateurs; attention whores who have found an unorthodox path towards fame. Never underestimate the lengths people will go to grasp at relevancy once they’ve had a taste of it and never assume that people are be reluctant to assume the role of villain.

    We’ve spent decades denouncing anti-semitism in the West to the point where its strongly and immediately condemned at the scent of it. So of course its the first place these people go to stir shit up.

    By the way, remember when Spencer got punched and cried like a little bitch? Thats the face of the scary “alt-right”.

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    Bill Templeman says:

    The freedom to insult & offend, the freedom to spread hatred, the freedom to denigrate those too vulnerable to fight back: These are freedoms that I don’t want defended. They are not really ‘freedoms’. To put it another way: The Rebel media site is a fount of bad taste. It should should be legally crushed if at all possible. There are limits to free speech, and Ezra needs to be sued enough times to learn to respect those limits. Seems like the only thing he will respect.

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