“These people are vampires of fear and hysteria.”
Buzzfeed’s Joseph Bernstein is leading the charge to get a 14-year-old YouTube sensation known only as “Soph” banned from the platform for what he says are “extreme views.”
In a report published Monday, he described Soph as “YouTube’s newest far-right, foul-mouthed, red-pilling star,” and laid out the case for why YouTube should ban the young and politically incorrect comedian. The Buzzfeed story served as a call to action for Bernstein’s left-wing followers, whose outrage eventually led YouTube to remove some of the videos on Soph’s channel.
The video at the center of the controversy, entitled “Be Not Afraid,” features Soph – dressed in an Islamic Chador – going on a profanity-laced 20-minute diatribe against the social justice movement, Islam and feminism.
“I’ve become a devout follower of the Prophet Muhammad. Suffice to say, I’ve been having a fuck ton of fun,” Soph said in the video. “Of course, I get raped by my 40-year-old husband every so often and I have to worship a black cube to indirectly please an ancient Canaanite god — but at least I get to go to San Fran and stone the shit out of some gays, and the cops can’t do anything about it because California is a crypto-caliphate.”
The high school freshman also goes after left-wing outrage mobs who seek to silence views they disagree with.
“These people are vampires of fear and hysteria. So if you maintain your position and refuse to comply with their demands they’ll become increasingly upset as time goes on,” Soph said. “Don’t ever allow yourself to be silenced.”
As if speaking directly to Bernstein, Soph went on to slam “sociopathic 30-somethings” who run Silicon Valley and dominate modern journalism as “faggotty microcosms” and “physical and mental weaklings.”
Soph also took aim at millennials who grew up watching MTV and transitioned to Colbert as a brainwashed generation, incapable of thinking for themselves. She promises that her generation grew up getting decentralized information on the internet and are more capable critical and independent thought.
In his piece, Bernstein called for YouTube to take action against the high-schooler’s content. He characterized the current YouTube landscape as a “moral crisis” and accused Soph of being indoctrinated by the right.
“She’s been publishing on YouTube for years with no consequence other than becoming famous,” Bernstein complained.
I’ve been covering this stuff for awhile now, and these videos are among the most shocking things I’ve ever seen. I don’t think you can watch this stuff without concluding there is a moral crisis at YouTube.
— Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein) May 13, 2019
Bernstein’s left-leaning followers soon join in, calling on YouTube and parent company Google take action.
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) May 13, 2019
YouTube quickly acquiesced to the demands, pulling Soph’s video and suspending her from creating new content. In response, conservatives accused the company of trying to “deplatform” Soph.
YouTube is deplatforming a 14-year-old girl for exploring her own viewpoints. Not cool.
— Ali Alexander (@ali) May 14, 2019
Mark Dice, a right-leaning internet provocateur who has worked for InfoWars, jumped to Soph’s defense, tweeting: “BuzzFeed is trying to get this 14-year-old girl banned from YouTube because her humor hurts their feelings.”
Right-leaning YouTube personality RAMZPAUL also accused YouTube of politically motivated censorship.
Joseph Bernstein, a failed writer at Buzzfeed, wrote a hit piece on Soph, a White 14-year old female comedian. Bernstein is lobbying to get Soph banned from YouTube because he does not like her political views.https://t.co/idAtOuZ1xJ
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) May 14, 2019
Other users pointed to 11-year-old drag queen “Desmond is Amazing,” who has been celebrated by many liberals and left-leaning outlets, as evidence that the outrage over Soph was hypocritical.
How BuzzFeed covers Soph versus Desmond is Amazing reveals the need for a broader conversation about public morality when it comes to children. pic.twitter.com/sAEknHufEP
— Jeff Giesea? (@jeffgiesea) May 14, 2019
According to Bernstein, Buzzfeed tried unsuccessfully to reach out to Soph and her parents for comment on the story.