Carl Benjamin called racist leader Richard Spencer ‘our guy’, Spencer called Benjamin ‘a great entry point’.
Aug. 26, 2017. This article has been updated to include a quote from Dan Arel and a report that Benjamin was suspended from Facebook for three days due to Community Standards violations.
Aug. 25, 2017. Mythicist Milwaukee will host a man endorsed as a ‘great entry point’ by white supremacist Richard Spencer at their autumn conference. Carl Benjamin is a featured speaker for the September 30th event taking place at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Benjamin, also known by his YouTube channel name ‘Sargon of Akkad’, called Spencer ‘our guy’ on Twitter. The UK resident, who once tweeted ‘Jews aren’t white, they’re Jewish’, is supported by American neo-nazi leader Richard Spencer and the racist English Defence League in his home country.
Benjamin uses racist slurs in his videos, even insulting those with cognitive disabilities on his YouTube channel.
Mythicist Milwaukee organizers have fielded complaints about Benjamin’s online harassment campaigns. Last year, Benjamin told the The Sunday Times he’d been planning to target British MP Jess Phillips with online harassment.
His tweet ‘I wouldn’t even rape you, Jess Phillips’ set off a storm of rape-based abuse directed at Phillips, a survivor of sexual assault.
In this video clip, Mr. Benjamin calls his mother and lies about the exact wording of his rape-themed tweet to British MP Jess Phillips.
UPDATE: The day after this article was published, Carl Benjamin reported he had been suspended from Facebook for three days for violating their Community Standards.
Benjamin was recently permanently banned from Twitter.
In the past his account has been suspended for spamming unsolicited gay porn at people and posting personally identifying information about a woman because she wore a T-shirt that said ‘Feminist’. His online followers then sent the woman rape and death threats.
(CONTENT WARNING FOR SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE IMAGES)
In response Benjamin posted a video where he tells his listeners that what the Nazis did to the Jews is analogous to his being removed from Twitter for violating the terms of service.
Individuals in the atheist community are expressing concern that Benjamin is being promoted by Mythicist Milwaukee. Several progressive YouTubers opposed to Benjamin’s content and tactics created a YouTube playlist featuring the bigoted and hateful content Benjamin puts out as ‘Sargon of Akkad.’
Labor activist, author, and freelance journalist Dan Arel said, ‘”Giving a platform to someone that promotes the harassment of women and spreads a message endorsed by neo-Nazis and white nationalists will only help endorse the hatred and bigotry that lead to violence like we saw in Charlottesville and elsewhere.”
PZ Meyers wrote, ‘Mythicist Milwaukee is free to invite a cluster of neo-fascists to speak at a conference. However, what is appalling is that they’re advertising this as skepticism, and piously declaring that they oppose
white supremacy, racism and sexism while hosting a trio of alt-right feminist-hating dorks to headline their event. I know if I attended a meeting that declared that they
stand against bigotry of any kind, and first thing I saw was frikken’ Sargon of Akkad taking the stage, I’d walk out and leave because they’d lured me in under false pretenses.’
Steve Shives, a YouTube personality Benjamin has repeatedly targeted for online abuse, said, ‘Carl Benjamin is a professional troll who profits from peddling intolerance and inciting harassment. He blames sexually assaulted women for their abuse, he equates attacks on white supremacy with attacks on white people, he defends and apologizes for Nazis. Why anyone would think inviting this man into their community is a good idea is utterly beyond me. What makes Mythicist Milwaukee’s behavior even worse is that they are supposedly a skeptical organization. In addition to all his other offenses, what Benjamin does is the opposite of skepticism.‘
Further, Benjamin’s online actions violate the Mythicist Milwaukee’s recently released ethics statement against white supremacy, racism and sexism. When asked, Mythicist Milwaukee said they intend to host Carl Benjamin despite concerns they are promoting a man responsible for online harassment and making bigoted statements.
Instead they recently did an interview to promote him further, ahead of their event.
A listener had this reaction:
So up until this moment you didn't realize that Neo-Nazism was stupid, you're a fool Carl, don't let anyone tell you different. pic.twitter.com/X8F8raMoK7
— The FishSpeaker (@TheLadyColumbia) August 24, 2017
Playlist Questioning Benjamin’s Appearance
Benjamin’s Coordinated Online Harassment