Former Breitbart writer Ben Shapiro's latest venture, The Daily Wire, isn't known for political correctness. But their latest video, which portrays Native Americans prior to contact by Christopher Columbus as savage cannibals, takes their controversial politics to a new level.
The video, posted early on Monday to commemorate the controversial Columbus Day holiday, makes fun of people who wish to rename the day to "Indigenous People's Day." According to many who viewed it, they chose to make that statement in an "unbelievably racist" way.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) October 9, 2017
In a statement, Shapiro claimed that although he didn't "greenlight" the video, it should be taken as "satire."
"Everybody needs to calm the hell down," Shapiro said. "The video is obviously a response to the Left’s decision to turn Columbus Day into a story purely about Western civilization 'genociding' Native Americans rather than the great gain Western civilization brought the world via entry into the Americas, despite awful wrongs committed in the process."
—@benshapiro tells me he's on vacation/didn't green light @realDailyWire's Columbus Day vid, but says it's satire &… https://t.co/ruyuWntmSn— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy) 1507575581.0
After the video was published, many took to Twitter to criticize the cartoon video's messaging.
"This white supremacist propaganda from @BenShapiro's rag The Daily Wire is completely indistinguishable from Nazi historical revisionism," Alternet writer Ben Norton tweeted.
"This is the most racist thing i've seen in a long time and nazis call me the n-word on a regular basis," a user named Joe Prince wrote.
Check out some of the best reactions below.
Ben Shapiro is openly pro-genocide but according to the New York Times opinion page at least he's not one of those… https://t.co/qtKbzTIUAZ— Crab Colson (@Crab Colson) 1507568228.0
Not retweeting that Daily Wire cartoon, It's too vile to spread even from ppl quote tweeting to condemn it. I wil… https://t.co/MmFFJhkWEv— Jonathan H. Gray is... ✪ Frosty the Snowclown! ✪ (@Jonathan H. Gray is... ✪ Frosty the Snowclown! ✪) 1507585808.0
“Indigenous Americans were godless savages who deserved to be slaughtered,” says the website run by Honest Conserva… https://t.co/DjWowNpAMX— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse) 1507584223.0
Remember a couple weeks ago when folks were trashing Berkeley students for connecting Ben Shapiro w/ white supremac… https://t.co/DitWSFVUad— Andre (@Andre) 1507586513.0
Has the president retweeted the Daily Wire video yet— Dave Itzkoff (@Dave Itzkoff) 1507572501.0
so that Daily Wire video was pretty, pretty, pretty racist— Christian Vanderbrouk (@Christian Vanderbrouk) 1507578911.0
@willsommer @benshapiro I'd argue it's *extremely* on brand for the daily wire— holiday season enjoyer (@holiday season enjoyer) 1507570602.0
@ImWithHur @jbouie @benshapiro @scrowder Will do. Hey @benshapiro, what a singular, vulgar, demeaning, unfunny piec… https://t.co/IlU2xApU4W— Michael J. Tolbert (@Michael J. Tolbert) 1507586504.0
@oliverdarcy @benshapiro @realDailyWire I'll take racist apologists who need to look up satire in a dictionary for 10, Alex.— John Brownlow (@John Brownlow) 1507586433.0
Vacation? Man, @benshapiro, this excuse is the weakest of sauces. If you’re going to post this crap, at least own… https://t.co/IRQtrsWWef— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants) 1507587157.0
@benshapiro When I first saw this I thought it had been made by trolls. I'm astonished that a supposed "public intellectual" is behind it.— Ilana C. Myer (@Ilana C. Myer) 1507586682.0
The academic achievements of @benshapiro stand as testaments to the deeply racist nature of our education system #IndigenousPeoplesDay2017— george w bush deviant art page (@george w bush deviant art page) 1507586649.0
Fuck you @benshapiro racist garbage. This us straight up white nationalism level shit. https://t.co/C15mmc0acO— Karen (@Karen) 1507586794.0
Welp. @benshapiro just went all in on white-supremacy. #unfollow https://t.co/IiCEc1FQ6V— Kara (@Kara) 1507586790.0