We can’t follow PZ Myers on Twitter. He blocked us even though we have never intentionally tweeted or tagged him in any social media platform. But, Twitter is open and anyone can see what anyone else is doing at any time, so we know what he’s up to.
And we knew PZ lied about himself today without having to do any research.
We’ve seen this before. PZ lied about publicly criticizing Jeffrey Epstein in 2011, and no one, besides us, called him on it because he’s carefully conditioned his audience not to question his lies.
They won’t call him out on today’s lie, either. Which is sad.
PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:
What should greet my eyes upon looking into the abyss of Twitter this morning but a chittering mob of angry defenders of Pewdiepie, the no-talent vacuous King of YouTube. I’d made some dismissive comment about him, and now the people who love him are all making dismissive comments back. I guess when your hero is a whiny Nazi-friendly twit who does nothing but play video games, you are especially sensitive to criticisms — after all, that calls into question all of your life choices. But the reality is that he is alt-right. He’s Nazi-adjacent.https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/09/14/oh-no-i-have-roused-a-lesser-swarm-of-pewdiepie-fanlings/
PZ roused the ire of Pewdiepie fans three weeks ago, on August 25th, when he responded to a short YouTube retrospective about the internet star to celebrate reaching 100 million subscribers. Complaining about the video, PZ said this: “What? You failed to highlight his racist episodes? Mediocre.”
There were over 1800 responses to PZ, many of which were “dismissive,” calling him a “boomer,” something he also highlights in his post.
But, PZ can’t be talking about this tweet, because it’s three weeks old. He said he looked “into the abyss of Twitter this morning.” So, did PZ say anything about Pewdiepie in the last day or so?
Turns out he did: On the 12th, writing about Pewdiepie, he said this, ” You mean a Nazi *lied*? Shock horror.”
On the 13th, he doubled down with this: ” He’s a Nazi, dumbass.”
Far from being “dismissive,” PZ Myers claimed – twice – on Twitter that Pewdiepie is a Nazi. On Pharyngula, he changed his tune a bit, saying in reality Pewdiepie is “alt-right” and “Nazi-adjacent.”
Are any of these characterizations true? Here is the evidence PZ posted for those claims:
In 2017, Disney cut ties with PewDiePie after he posted several videos featuring anti-Semitic images.https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-49686018
These include swastikas drawn by a fan and footage of two Indians he paid to hold up a sign which read “death to all Jews.”
In the wake of the controversy, he said he was simply trying to “show how crazy the modern world is” and that people “would say anything for five dollars” but added that he understood that “these jokes were ultimately offensive”.
He has since distanced himself from the far-right.
Would an actual Nazi distance themselves from the far-right (assuming Nazis were right-wing)? No.
Would an actual Nazi admit a joke he told about Jewish people – the premise of which was not anti-Semetic – was “ultimately offensive?” No.
And if that’s all the evidence you have, you can’t claim Pewdiepie is a Nazi.
Back to PZ’s tweets. He said a “chittering mob” greeted him on Twitter this morning, which means thousands of people must have responded to him calling Pewdiepie a Nazi, right?
Thirty-four people, as of this writing, have responded to his Tweet on the 12th and a whopping two people responded to the Tweet on the 13th. For comparison’s sake, that’s roughly 1800 less than those who continue to respond to his ‘mediocre’ tweet of three weeks ago.
To sum up: PZ didn’t say something ‘dismissive’ yesterday or the day before, he called Pewdiepie a Nazi. No mob greeted this claim with disdain, the mob actually descended three weeks ago when he called YouTube ‘mediocre’ for not repeating derogatory claims about Pewdiepie in a celebration video. And Pewdiepie is not a Nazi, or even alt-right, and the premise of the joke he made was not anti-Semetic. Almost any way you slice it, this is a classic PZ Myers lie that might just end up on a top-ten list at some point in the future.
Once again, we see the target of PZ’s venom is someone orders of magnitude more popular and successful than he. We don’t know, and can’t prove, that envy plays a role in who he writes, and lies, about, but it’s becoming a noticeable trend.
We mention this only because we can’t think of another reason PZ would care about Pewdiepie. It’s obvious PZ hasn’t watched many of the YouTube star’s videos, he doesn’t really fit the demo. And, as far as we know (we don’t watch him, either), Pewdiepie doesn’t talk much about politics or science or pedophiles or anything else about which PZ blogs alot.
We think this might be the beginning of an Epstein-like run of Pewdiepie posts on Pharyngula (say that five times fast). We hope it isn’t, but our spidey-senses tell us we’ll be researching a few more lies about him in the days and weeks ahead.
Today: 0 science-related posts, 6 posts on other stuff
Since 30 May 19: 103 science-related posts, 353 non-science posts.
23% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science.
Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie
Since 30 May 19: 120 PZ Myers Lies
Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.