My latest article at Quillette examines moral panics over sexualisation in the wake of the controversy over Cuties, a Netflix film.
My latest video is a discussion with Ashley Frawley, a Marxist academic, on the nature of the Woke movement. Although it is often described as Marxist (sometimes self-described as such), is it really a left-wing movement, or is it (as I suspect) closer to being a fascist one?
This is the audio version of a YouTube video I recently published. It’s an interview with Alex Dutty, a London-based rapper who was attacked and “cancelled” for making a music video. But bizarrely, the video was a powerful anti-racist one. Alex was the victim of a Woke mob that, one day, collectively decided to brand him a “racist”, and turn on him.
This is the audio version of a YouTube video I published recently. It’s a monologue on a recent social media outburst by Wiley, a UK grime music artist, in which he attacked Jews and (apparently) called for anti-Jewish violence. I look at the background to antisemitism in black music scenes and argue that racist black nationalism is a problem that has been ignored for too long.
A few years ago, I noticed one of my Facebook friends – a UK music artist called Alex Dutty – was getting mauled on UK hip hop forums. This looked like the typical social media pile-on: influential individuals leading their fans into a bullying campaign. Alex was trying to defend himself, but once the mob scented blood, it mattered little what he said. Mobs are irrational, spurred on by reassuring each other that their target is the worst kind of person.
The accusation against Alex was “racism”. And yet there was no sign that he was actually racist. His crime was to have made a video called Proud To Be White. But anyone who watched it could see that this was clearly an anti-racism video. Alex’s true crime was, apparently, to be a white, working class man in the wrong time and the wrong place. His music career was destroyed by false allegations and boycotts. Alex was an early victim of what is now known as Cancel Culture. Recently, I caught up with Alex to interview him about his experience of being cancelled.
In this video, I look at the recent antisemitic social media meltdown by grime artist Wiley, and discuss the rise of racist black nationalism.
This article was originally a post on my Facebook page, Sex & Censorship.
A few days ago, an illegal street rave was held in Harlesden, West London, attracting 500 people. The police turned up and were attacked. 11 officers were injured.
Following that rave, a Twitter war broke out between gangs from two neighbouring areas, Church End and Stonebridge (areas I know well – they were within the intake area for my school, and I have relatives living nearby).
Offended by a tweet, some Stonebridge people drove down the road and shot 4 people in Church End, apparently at random: two men, a woman, and her two year old child. One of the men who was shot is the relative of a friend of mine. The woman and toddler are seriously injured. The child was hit in the head, and is gravely ill. Black families in London are shattered, yet again.
Meanwhile, a movement calling itself Black Lives Matter is resurgent in London, following the killing of a black man, George Floyd, several thousand miles away. Although I know or follow many people who have posted endlessly about this killing, not one of them mentioned the Harlesden incident. Nor do they mention any of the other murders that regularly occur in black London communities.
The job of actually trying to save black lives is left to the Metropolitan Police. While the activists constantly show zero interest in the violent deaths of black Londoners, they’re ultra-quick to attack the people who are trying to find the killers, and put an end to this epidemic of violence.
And here you have the ultimate contradiction: the activists who claim to believe that black lives matter, and engage in constant virtue-signalling, yet show no discernable interest in the violence plaguing black communities; and the “institutionally racist” police, who have to face the reality of policing London’s most violent communities, and are accused of racism (by middle class left-wing activists from outside the area) whenever they try to take knives and guns off the streets.
The police have a Catch 22: ignore the violence in poor communities (and be accused of racist neglect when the murder rate rises) or monitor the gangs and their members (and be accused of racism for using stop and search against black youths).
When black lives really do begin to matter to the British middle classes, the student activists will talk as much about London gang violence as they do about policing. Until that happens, you can assume they neither understand the problems faced by London’s poorest communities, nor care.
Reprobate Magazine (a favourite Twitter follow of mine) has launched a podcast, and I was interviewed for its very first edition. Click for an hour of discussion about Covid-19, lockdown, identity politics, culture wars and racism.
This Thursday 14th May, I was involved in a debate at Cambridge Union: This House Regrets Pornography. Of course, due to lockdown, it actually took place live online. There were three speakers on each side. I appeared along with US ex-pornstar and activist Ela Darling, and British performer Epiphany Jones.
The adult industry journal XBIZ carries a report of the debate, and the video itself can be seen at YouTube. The video starts with an 8 minute intro, then launches into the debate. My contribution begins about 36:44.
I take part in these debates because I passionately believe in individual freedom and am concerned about the erosion of civil liberties. If you’d like to support my work against censorship and repression, you can become a patron for $1 per month (and get goodies).
An Independent journalist tweets about a black man being victimised by police in a London park. But the story is quickly exposed as untrue. Click to read my article at Medium.