Neo-Nazi Troll ‘Weev’ Calls for Violence in Latest YouTube Video
Andrew Auernheimer, best known by his pseudonym “Weev,” recently alluded to the use of violence against people he believes are endangering the Internet.
On April 23, 2018, Weev uploaded a YouTube video titled “bleed me an ocean (status update),” which begins with him complaining about a content strike his channel received recently.
As a result of the strike, he apparently lost his privilege to live stream on his YouTube channel, which currently has over 8,800 subscribers.
The white identity extremist then expressed dissatisfaction with people who he claims are threatening the Internet, or, in his words, his “home”:
“The Internet is my home. I grew up here,” the troll lamented. “All my friends and connections and loved ones. I interact with them through the internet.”
The troll then told his followers that they were going to have to fight for their right to freely express themselves on the Internet.
“The only way that these people are going to have respect for our home, is if we are willing to fight for our home and our rights.”
Finally, Weev asked his followers how far they were willing to go to defend the freedom of expression on the web.
“The time by which we could have a peaceful resolution in this process is coming to a close… It’s becoming absolutely apparent what’s got to be done. And whether or not you guys are gonna do it, you know, it’s just, do you want a free and open Internet? And, if so, how far are you willing to go for a free and open Internet? How far are you willing to go to defend your home? To defend your memes?”
The comments section of the video was also rife with calls for violence.
One user even hoped for a “copycat” of Nasim Aghdam, a woman who shot 3 people at YouTube offices in California earlier this month. The shooter had reportedly ranted about YouTube and its policies prior to the shooting.
A user by the name of Ed Gein also commented under Weev’s video that Aghdam “did nothing wrong.” Weev replied with a like and a link to a video titled “A Tribute to The Persian Girl,” a video about Aghdam.