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.”
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 9, 2017
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 nasty white supremacists pic.twitter.com/jwObm7EoVh
— Crab Colson (@crabcolson) October 9, 2017
Not retweeting that Daily Wire cartoon, It's too vile to spread even from ppl quote tweeting to condemn it.
I will say that it may be the single most disgusting and openly racist thing I've seen in a long time and in today's climate that is saying something.
— Jonathan H. Gray! 😃 (@jongraywb) October 9, 2017
“Indigenous Americans were godless savages who deserved to be slaughtered,” says the website run by Honest Conservative Ben Shapiro. https://t.co/B6ErQLE0Hh
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) October 9, 2017
Remember a couple weeks ago when folks were trashing Berkeley students for connecting Ben Shapiro w/ white supremacy? https://t.co/2Odohhj0Lj
— Andre (@themancANDREss) October 9, 2017
Has the president retweeted the Daily Wire video yet
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 9, 2017
Wow. I mean just… wow. That video is unbelievably and openly racist af https://t.co/4KIxVcfqZW
— Andrew Losowsky (@losowsky) October 9, 2017
so that Daily Wire video was pretty, pretty, pretty racist
— Brandt (@UrbanAchievr) October 9, 2017
I'd argue it's *extremely* on brand for the daily wire
— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) October 9, 2017
Will do. Hey @benshapiro, what a singular, vulgar, demeaning, unfunny piece of racist shit video that was. So how you been?
— It's me Margaret, God. (@MikeTolbert100) October 9, 2017
I'll take racist apologists who need to look up satire in a dictionary for 10, Alex.
— John Brownlow (@JohnBrownlow) October 9, 2017
Vacation? Man, @benshapiro, this excuse is the weakest of sauces.
If you’re going to post this crap, at least own your racism. https://t.co/IrRrLmxOM8
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) October 9, 2017
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 (@IlanaCT) October 9, 2017
— Mobile Suit Chicken Wing 🍗 (@Thefukestupest) October 9, 2017
— Karen (@2018Bluevoter) October 9, 2017