At the risk of axing my non-existent friendships with Dave Rubin and Paul Joseph Watson, here’s my take on the Candace Owens controversy — otherwise known as the Myth of Funded Misinformation, co-inspired by this bad boi:
I’d like to say thank you to all of you guys who didn’t believe the funded misinformation campaign against me this week. ❤❤
— RedPillBlack (@RedPillBlack) October 24, 2017
The other co-inspiration: Candace Owens’ “Myth of the Coon”CANDACE OWENS’ FIRST VIRAL HIT: “I Don’t Care About Charlottesville, the KKK, or White Supremacy” — a video that, despite the cringy black- & white-filtered segments, won me over to …well, the stance that I already held. The obvious gimmick here being that Candace Owens is black, providing a unique POV: the black, female conservative. I say “gimmick” not to be insensitive — the black, female conservative POV is a positive and attention-grabbing refreshment to the conservative viewpoint — but to foreshadow the recently burst tension between the anti-identitarians and Candace Owens’ “overnight” conservatism. series.
A Quick Recap: Candace Owens, summer 2017’s newly converted conservative and rapidly rising star behind YouTube’s Red Pill Black“A Red Pill for Black People.” – from Red Pill Black’s Facebook page, harking back to the red/blue pill scene of 1999’s hit film The Matrix. Ironically, the movie’s directors, the Wachowski Brothers, each underwent a gender transition to become the Wachowski Sisters, somewhat confusing the right-wing spirit of “red pilling.”, fell backwards into a seemingly expired controversy when conservative YouTuber Tree of Logic revived interest in Candace Owens’ pre-conservative project: Social Autopsy — by revealing that the site was still, as of earlier this week, at least semi-operational. As a result, Twitter, YouTube, etc. began questioning Red Pill Black’s authenticity in being a boss ass conservative bitch who openly massacres mentally retarded liberals (or something), whereas Candace Owens ascribed the criticism held against her to “funded misinformation,” as opposed to legitimate concern over the continued existence of her extremely Orwellian Social Autopsy project. Her reasoning: “the people are scared that the
#MAGA movement is growing with black conservatives.”
Ha, try again, racists.
Candace Owens’ evasion is strange and, for those who like her content, confusing. The revamped concern over Social Autopsy hasn’t stopped Red Pill Black from doubling down on this “funded misinformation” narrative, but it should — at least for a few minutes to answer a few key questions:
- Which line of evidence points to a conspiracy against Candace?
- Why was Social Autopsy semi-functional for so long?
- Why did Candace erroneously call it a “splash page”?
- What about the 22,000 collected profiles?
“Thus far we have worked to collect data and create about 22,000 profiles from individuals that are surprising all over the employment spectrum (doctors, teachers, lawyers, you name it).” – Candace Owens
And the most important Q: How many children has Hillary Clinton personally murdere — wait, wrong flash card… here: How “red pilled” can Red Pill Black be, if she’s denying the prolonged existence of Social Autopsy?
I will never be sorry for Social Autopsy, ever. My heart was always in the right place. Also, it’s what brought me to where I am today.
— RedPillBlack (@RedPillBlack) October 4, 2017
WTF is Social Autopsy?
THE ANTI-HARASSMENT WEBSITE SOCIAL AUTOPSY launched its Kickstarter campaign on April 12, seeking $75,000 to essentially fund an online public database of trolls, cyberbullies, etc. And not simply to catalogue trollish acts and incidents but to reveal the trolls themselves — to display their faces, names, and locations on the World Wide Web. In Candace Owens’ own words:
While reading this passage, the words “doxxing” and “naiveté” and “1984” come to mind. During its start-up phase, Social Autopsy received criticism from the likes of ChrisRayGun, MundaneMatt, and InfoWars for being just that: a naive, dystopian, doxxing website — i.e., a terrible idea.
Ideally, Social Autopsy ensures responsible online behavior, restoring the lost connection between digital communication and personal accountability. Realistically, Social Autopsy opens a Pandora’s box of false, misguided, and unverifiable public accusations, omitting the cornerstone of our domestic legal system: Due Process.
Imagine: Seeking employment weeks after a drunken spat with an ex-roommate, who exaggerated and publicized his/her grievances with you on Social Autopsy.
Imagine: Rejecting sexual advances from a vengeful co-worker, who’s familiar with Social Autopsy and now wants you fired.
Imagine: Being a romantically inept minor dating another romantically inept minor, breaking up over each other’s ineptitude, which culminates in a pubescent rage-post on Social Autopsy.
Yes, Candace had no qualms with minors being listed on her website.FROM “SOCIAL AUTOPSY FAQS“:
Candace Owens: We are seeing a lot of people that are showing concern for minors, and I guess it’s sort of a two-prong approach, which is: First, you guys should be visiting the terms of service on Facebook and on Twitter, because they thoroughly explain what it means to be a minor, and what you sign up and what you agree for when you check that box and agree to their terms of usage. Pretty much if you are a minor, you are not excluded from anything if you are posting in a public place saying awful things. That said, we stand by the fact that we think the best time to be on our database is when you are a minor, because that’s exactly what we’re trying to do. We are trying to affect their conscious[sic] when they’re young, so they know to use the internet more responsibly when they’re older. There’s no harm, no foul, really, if you’re a minor … you’re not applying to college, you’re not going out for a job.??? It doesn’t do anything to affect your livelihood in any way. And no, nothing in Social Autopsy’s design controlled for false positive reports.
Fortunately, Kickstarter cut their services to Social Autopsy on April 14, 2016. The project was seemingly abandoned. And, when Candace Owens re-emerged as Red Pill Black a year later, she revealed, on The Rubin Report, that the Social Autopsy project “red pilled” her to the conservative side “overnight,” after receiving harassing threats from anonymous henchmen, presumably sent by Zoë Quinn of GamerGate fame.
Yet, as YouTuber Tree of Logic discovered, the Social Autopsy website was still taking names by October 23, 2017:
And YouTuber Suit Yourself answered the “splash page” question on October 25, 2017 by revealing a public database of submitted persons [UPDATE: Suit Yourself’s video has since been removed, as you can see.]:
Since then, the Social Autopsy site has finally been removed. Yet, Red Pill Black remains dead-set on her narrative, which is: What you just saw is “misinformation,” Social Autopsy was a non-functional “splash page,” and anyone who criticizes her is a “fake conservative.”
[For more info on Social Autopsy’s backstory, read “Dissecting ‘Social Autopsy’” posted on TurboFuture.]
The Myth of Funded Misinformation
“The Internet loves jumping to conclusions and a good conspiracy theory,” Dave Rubin’s response to the past week’s Red Pill Black controversy. Here’s the two most popular Red Pill Black conspiracy theories currently circulating the interwebs:
The “Fake Conservatives” Conspiracy
Touted by Red Pill Black, the “critics were paid to lie” angle may have begun in a Patreon comment posted by le Candace herself:
The specifics turned away from Tree of Logic to “White nationalist, Richard Spencer, just launched an attack against me on Twitter!!!” after Richard Spencer tweeted the video “Red Pill Black Started A Real Life Troll TraceFrom South Park, Season 20, episode: “Wieners Out.” Fictionally advertised as a troll doxxing website, Troll Trace’s true purpose was to create international strife as part of a world trolling conspiracy.” by No Bullshit. (Red Pill Black fails to mention No Bullshit’s video in this allegation, instead focusing on the universally hated Spencer.) The conspiracy has coagulated into “white liberals, who are the true racists, want to destroy black conservatives.”
It’s perhaps worth noting that Tree of Logic is a black conservative.
The “Democratic CIA-Trained Operative” Conspiracy
A more nefarious plot line: Candace converted to conservatism, resurrecting herself Monte Cristo-style from a rabid SJW to Red Pill Black — an underground CIA-trained SJW disguised as an enlightened black conservative — to continue crowd-funding for Social Autopsy.
Red Pill Black directly acknowledged this wild narrative in her response videos. Given their similarities, its entirely possible that the “Democratic CIA-Trained Operative” shares its provenance with the “Candace critics are disguised liberals who hate black conservatives” conspiracy. Either way, to believe Red Pill Black didn’t undergo an authentic conversion to conservatism requires one to also believe that Candace Owens is a stone cold sociopath — even if you disagree that she’s not 100% politically conservative.
Yet, as the online skeptic community (Red Pill Black’s primary critics) have pointed out, Candace’s focus on this conspiracy theory evades the more legitimate concerns expressed regarding Social Autopsy’s searchable database.
The “ur just jelly of ma wumun” Conspiracy
Not a true conspiracy but a kind of funny defense in the Red Pill Black camp: “The critics are just jealous, m’lady.”
Et tu, Infowars?
If anyone’s down for a fun conspiracy, it’s Infowars. But not this time around:
The Social Autopsy website was from 4 years ago before she was red pilled. Please do some actual research before making dumb claims.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) October 24, 2017
A strange defense from Paul Joseph Watson considering this article from 2016:
Written by Paul Joseph Watson on April 13, 2016
Candace Owens may have converted to conservatism. But she and her defenders are now treating this like it were the other way around: that conservatism converted to Candace Owens. And to criticize Red Pill Black equates to criticizing the entire conservative philosophy, despite Red Pill Black’s only recent initiation into the movement.
On that point, Red Pill Black’s political awakening aligns more in the tradition of Trumpism than true conservatism.
For the more moderate Red Pill Black fan, the whole controversy is confusing, but a quick application of Occam’s Razor may help to discern which Candace we’re truly dealing with here: Odds are she’s not malicious. Odds are she’s not a Democratic operative nor a victim of “funded misinformation.”
The most likely explanation: Today’s “red pill” Candace Owens is the same, smart, well-meaning, extremely naivé person as last year’s “blue pill” Candace Owens.
She’s just a Republican now.
11.8.2017 Update: “Red Pill Black and Blaire White Talk Social Autopsy and Much More (Live Debate)” on The Rubin Report.