Mythicist Milwaukee conference features a man with
a history of menacing women online
September 11, 2017 – Mythicist Milwaukee will feature a speaker with a history of harassing women online. The conference is promoting and selling tickets based on his reputation as a well-known online troll, sexist and misogynist.
Carl Benjamin, known as Sargon of Akkad online, is a featured guest of Mythicist Milwaukee at their September 30th conference at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Led a rape-themed harassment campaign against a woman MP
Benjamin has a well-known history of menacing women online. In 2016 Benjamin admitted to leading an online harassment campaign, using the theme of rape as a way to menace Jess Phillips, a British Member of Parliament.
Benjamin told the Sunday Times shortly after the abuse gained media attention in the UK press, ‘I’m not going to lie. I was trying to be provocative. I wasn’t being respectful, I was being condescending and childish.’
Carl Benjamin showed contempt for women again by recording a video of himself calling his mother and lying to her about what he tweeted. He then uploaded the video. At min 1:07 (below) Benjamin can be seen changing ‘I wouldn’t even rape you’ to ‘I wouldn’t rape you’ when describing the events to his mother:
‘Quick thing for Twitter just to let you know right there’s a feminist MP called Jess Phillips and I wouldn’t rape her. I will never rape her. Ever. It’s a bit of a thing for Twitter but someone was like God you wouldn’t say that in front of your mum and I’m thinking well telling something I wouldn’t rape them is something i would say in front of my mom it’s a perfectly laudable thing to say.’
Laughing at the murder of a feminist woman from YouTube
In May of 2017 Heather Anabel was murdered by her intimate partner. Both were members of The Skeptic Feminist, a YouTube channel devoted to issues related to atheism and feminism.
The news broke and spread among the online community that Aleksandr Kolpakov was being held on a murder charge in connection with the death of a woman. Carl Benjamin joined a hangout to discus and make jokes about the murder.
Despite denying he laughed at Heather Anabel’s murder, he can be heard laughing along with the others in the hangout who are enjoying the fact that a feminist man shot and killed a feminist women. During the hangout they learned that Heather was the victim, but this did nothing to stop them from gloating over her murder.
Benjamin was asked several times to apologize for his participation in this ghoulish display of callousness at the murder of a woman he’d met through YouTube. Benjamin refused and lashed out at those who were mourning the loss of their friend.
Doxing a woman for wearing a ‘Feminist’ t-shirt
A woman in Cardiff was forced to file police report when she was targeted for harassment and rape threats after Benjamin posted her picture and work location to his Twitter feed. After learning a police report was filed, he made an apology video where he blamed his fans for being stupid.
Online misogyny and harassment
Carl Benjamin also led sexist harassment campaigns against this author, sending tweets inquiring about ‘Tight Asian Pussy’ and mocking the physical abuse of women.
Benjamin was repeatedly reported to Twitter and found to be in violation of their Terms of Service. He is now banned permanently from the website.
In recent days Benjamin was again responsible for an online harassment campaign against a woman. In contrast to the numerous times he has organized harassment campaigns against women who were feminists, this time Benjamin initiated the apology for his actions rather than being pressured into it.
The unique factor in this apology seems to be that the women he targeted was not a feminist.
Instead she is a supporter of white supremacy. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Tara McCarthy ‘is a British alt right media personality who hosts the “Reality Calls” podcast, which boasts the tagline, “Let’s Make Western Civilization Great Again.” The goal of the show is to “help make ethno-nationalist views more socially acceptable, and to educate people on the dangers of globalism and replacement migration from the third world.” She has interviewed numerous white supremacists on the show, but denies being a white supremacist herself. She also co-hosts a podcast (with Brittany Pettibone) called “Virtue of the West,” which features interviews with people associated with both the alt right and the alt lite. McCarthy considers herself part of the alt right.’
Mythicist Milwaukee have yet to comment on how they reconcile giving a stage to Benjamin, a man who has a history of abusing women online, with their group’s Code of Conduct which states:
“We encourage free speech and try to defend your right to express unpopular points of view, but we don’t permit hate speech. Hate speech refers to content that promotes violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as:
- race or ethnic origin
- veteran status
- sexual orientation/gender identity
There is a fine line between what is and what is not considered to be hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation-state, but not okay to post malicious hateful comments about a group of people solely based on their ethnicity.”