Owen Benjamin’s Rhetoric is Growing More Extreme

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Right-wing comedian Owen Benjamin produces near-daily live content for an audience that calls itself the “Unbearables.” Lately, Benjamin has been spouting bizarre conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic remarks. Recently, his tone became violent when he said he has not yet started considering “Who needs to die?”—but that he could soon reach that point.

As we reported last month, Benjamin enjoyed tenure of celebrity on the Right and appeared on many large platforms, including multiple appearances on comedian Joe Rogan’s top-rated podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” We wrote last month:

Benjamin is a classic example of what can happen to people who think they’ve swallowed the “red pill” promise of truth—a “truth” that bears little resemblance to everyday reality—and take it fully to heart. What started as a flirtation with so-called “alt-media” and right-wing internet personalities who dabble in conspiracy theories has resulted in Benjamin now spouting anti-Semitic conspiracy tropes, doubting the authenticity of the moon landing, believing the Holocaust was exaggerated, and rubbing shoulders on-air with white nationalists.

Despite this, Benjamin has been featured in two Prager U videos that, at the time this article was published, had together pulled in more than 5.4 million views. He was interviewed favorably by The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles in November and has collaborated with Crowder, who expressed last month that he had “real concern” for Benjamin’s well-being. At the time of Crowder’s and Benjamin’s split, Benjamin had said that his belief that the moon landing was faked resulted in him losing contact with Crowder. On Alex Jones’ Infowars site, Benjamin debated the authenticity of the moon landing at extended length.

Since that article was published, Benjamin’s trajectory into the fringes has accelerated. For example, Benjamin has told his audience on YouTube that it is “infinitely more probable” that the Nazis over-worked Jews to death during the Holocaust than it was that they subjected them to execution in gas chambers. He went on to say that he was “a big fan” of Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler’s art.

“Really what he was trying to do was clean Germany, clean it of the parasites, of the fleas. He did not hate Jews. He hated filth and he was trying to clean up,” Benjamin said.

In another stream, he advocated conspiracy theories alleging massive Jewish influence in pornography, Hollywood and media, also alleging that Jews are secretly responsible for education programs that help children understand LGBTQ identities.

“Nobody wants any of it and it’s all Jews!” Benjamin yelled into the camera. “It’s war Jews [and] sodomy Jews and they’re having a family feud at our expense.”

He incorrectly cited the circles of hell in “Dante’s Inferno” and alleged that “sodomites and usury” are in the innermost circle of hell before he asserted that Jews don’t want people to read books anymore. (The ninth circle of hell in Dante’s Inferno is actually attributed to those who commit treacherous acts of betrayal.)

“Gays and Jews were considered the worst of the worst. Why? Because if they get power, they will destroy your entire civilization. Has anyone not seen that happening?” Benjamin asked.

In another stream, Benjamin said that he didn’t want anyone to immigrate to his country “ever again,” adding that he wanted to “start weeding out the weak” in his country.

“I’m not scared of shit. I’m not scared to the point where I’m like, ‘Who needs to die?’” Benjamin said. He added moments later that he wasn’t calling for violence “yet” but that he “will.”

Benjamin can bring in anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 viewers per live video, and rakes in substantial profits via YouTube’s Super Chat function. On March 15, Benjamin claimed that his YouTube channel had been demonetized and urged his followers to download and re-upload his videos across the internet for fear he would soon be banned from the platform.

This video is a compilation of clips from Owen Benjamin’s livestream broadcasts, which go for hours at a time.