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SocJus's New Ministry of Truth

BreadTube, also known as LeftTube is a loose collective of leftists who, as the name implies, are mostly active on YouTube (they also have a fairly large presence on Reddit).

Origins & Summary

Breadtube was unofficially founded around 2015 during the early years of GamerGate by male third-wave feminist geek YouTuber Harris Brewis, better known by his moniker H.Bomberguy. He made a series of videos mocking the strained production of "The Sarkeesian Effect" (He cites Dan Olson & his channel Folding Ideas as being his biggest inspiration & has collaborated with Dan on numerous occasions). Ever since then, more leftist YouTubers have crawled out of the woodwork. These YouTubers include Contrapoints (real name Natalie Wynn, a transwoman, and former academic philosopher. She films her videos with a combination of dark, theatrical humor, surreal atmosphere and colorful characters all played by herself), and Shaun (a British socialist, formerly a gaming channel called Shaun & Jen, who in comparison to the other BreadTubers, is rather bare-bones. Reading his response to another video over a still image of his avatar, a skull wearing sunglasses, often superimposed with videos, articles, and other images he uses to help make his point. The reason for his avatar is to "reclaim the skull" from the alt-right), and Philosophy Tube (real name Oliver "Olly" Thorn; a British philosopher and actor who discusses political issues through a leftist perspective involving philosophy and, as of late, theatrics). Below is a list of a few other BreadTube channels;

Their stated goal is to challenge anti-SJWs & right-wingers online and to "de-radicalize"/draw young people away from them. The name "BreadTube" comes from The Conquest of Bread, aka the "Bread Book," by anarchist writer Pyotr Kropotkin.

Why They're Almost Rotten

  1. They're glorified Social Justice Warriors, or at the very least apologists for them. They bring up and reinforce the same old SJW/Regressive Left beliefs & talking points (e.g., "Gender is a social construct," "White men have all the power and privilege and don't suffer oppression," "Women & minorities still face oppression," "Minority anti-SJWs are just internalized bigots or pawns" "Trump is a bigot & all his supporters are neo-nazis," "Islam is a religion of peace," "GamerGate is an alt-right hate mob and Quinn & Sarkeesian are poor little helpless victims" etc.). Unlike typical Social Justice Warriors, they have clever manipulation tactics, utilizing a combination of faux-intellectualism, straw-manning/nutpicking, and in some cases, great performance talent, SFX and funny gags (ironically the ones they accuse the alt-right of using) to seduce and brainwash people into joining the regressive left (in other words, blue pilling them) under the guise of "de-radicalizing" them. Also, they have been infuriatingly successful in swaying even hardline GamerGaters/anti-SJWs (such as Theryn Meyer, formerly a staunch anti-SJW and a supporter of MRAs, who now works as an assistant director, co-writer, creative assistant and sound editor on Contrapoints's videos), partially helped by the failure of “The Sarkeesian Effect” and the downfall of the anti-SJW community.
  2. Like regular SJWs, they tend to be very biased against conservatives, MRAs, anti-feminists, critics of Islam and even centrists/classical liberals (with some, such as Contrapoints, taking somewhat of a "with us or against us" attitude towards them, saying their neutrality enables fascists) and are probably the reason why YouTube is also becoming biased against those groups.
  3. Many of them are far-leftists like anarchists, communists & even tankies (their name even comes from the writings of an anarcho-communist).
    • Also, some of them, such as BadMouseProductions, apologize for communist regimes & insist that capitalism has caused more deaths, even in parts of the world where it is barely active.
      • And they sometimes even blame capitalism for things like flat earth belief (which has been around LONG BEFORE the modern capitalist system).
  4. As mentioned above, they are Anti-GamerGate and extremely defensive of Anita Sarkeesian, Zoë Quinn & others.
  5. Many of their styles aren't that original. Shaun, for example, is an almost complete pastiche of TL;DR, while Gutian is a more edgy-sounding Sargon of Akkad.
  6. Many of them seem ignorant, willfully, or not, of their side's toxicity. For example, H.Bomberguy made a video mocking the idea that White Knights only defend women in return for sex. He ignores the numerous male feminists & white knights who were exposed as hypocrites who abused their position to either get close to women and sexually harass them or to commit/cover up some other form of sexual misdemeanor.
    • Even those who do seem to be aware of their side's toxicity downplay it greatly.
    • As typical of social justice warriors & regressive leftists, they also dismiss/downplay any issues with modern feminism, the fat acceptance movement,, Anti-GG, radical Islam, ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter, political correctness or identity politics and thereby ensure these issues go unresolved.
  7. As mentioned above, many of them engage in straw-manning, such as in this Kat Blaque video (with commentary by Joshua Powell) which starts as a thinly-veiled parody of Laci Green's Red Pill video. She then spends the rest of the video misrepresenting anti-SJW and anti-Feminist arguments while creating thinly-veiled parodies of Armoured Skeptic, Shoe0nhead, Some Black Guy, and Blaire White and claims anti-SJWs and anti-feminists, who happen to be women or minorities, are just in it for the money.
    • Another example is Contrapoints. At least three of her characters are strawman parodies such as Jackie Jackson (a parody of Dave Rubin), Justine (a strawman of left-leaning centrists, portrayed as being easily mislead by fascists) and Tiffany Tumbles (a scathing caricature of Blaire White and other trans anti-SJWs, presented as an alcoholic, internalized transphobe who bullies other trans people).
    • Another example is when MrTARDISreviews claimed that UK TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson was a holocaust denier simply because he voiced a critical opinion of the new female Doctor Who. In reality, all Clarkson said in the review was that Holocaust denial wasn't a serious issue as fringe nutjobs only believe it. A debatable statement, but hardly the same as actually being a holocaust denier.
    • Another example is in this video by Suris in which he is critiquing No Bullshit on the subject of Pokémon. While Suris does provide fair and valid rebuttals to No Bullshit’s arguments through most of the video, near the end where No BS mentions the SJWs bigotry towards white people and erasure of white characters in media in favor of non-whites, Suris for some reason compares this line of thought to the Great Replacement, even though what he said was that SJWs have a bigotry towards whites. Which. They. Very. Clearly. Do.
  8. Nutpicking: when attacking GamerGaters/anti-SJWs, they tend to go after the worst examples (e.g., Milo Yianuopolis, Black Pigeon Speaks, No Bullshit, and other extreme conservatives) and present them as being typical of GamerGaters/anti-SJWs. They also criticize the worst moments of certain individuals who otherwise make valid points (e.g., Sargon of Akkad, Paul Joseph Watson, etc.).
  9. Like regular SJWs, they have an intense hatred of PewDiePie, claiming he's the equivalent of a gateway drug to the alt-right.
  10. Like typical SJWs & regressive leftists, they greatly overestimate the threat the far-right/alt-right poses to society.
  11. Just as they defend SocJus beliefs, some of them also defend SocJus and feminazi terminology. For example, PIGPUNCHER/Xanderhal & Suris have both defended the term "Toxic Masculinity", Suris doing so on at least two occasions.
  12. While at least some of the people they’ve "de-radicalized" genuinely were far-right, what they are "de-radicalized" into isn’t always a suitable alternative. For example, Micah Loewinger & Evan Heimbaugh, one formerly a neo-nazi, the other a right-leaning libertarian. After being "de-radicalized" by Contrapoints, Lindsay Ellis and Philosophy Tube, they became anarchists.
  13. Some of them, like H.Bomberguy & Shaun, can be rather smug and condescending.
  14. Many of them present themselves as being honest, intellectual people who produce "high-quality, well-researched work" and calmly debunk "alt-right bullshit". In reality, many aren't as smart as they or their fans think they are. They will also engage in the same dishonest tactics used by the mainstream media (deliberate misinterpretation, taking things out of context, cherry-picking information while omitting important details and even outright lying) & hypocritically, will accuse/criticize their opponents for using the same tactics. Shaun is an infamous example, as can be seen from the numerous videos below.
    • They will sometimes go to desperate lengths to attack/discredit anti-SJWs. For example, Shaun took Sargon's satirical #Feminists4Autism video and treated it as if it was serious.
    • And some of them, like PIGPUNCHER/Xanderhal, cyberwitchlexi & Chud Logic, act no better than typical SJWs & Regressive Left pundits. They get triggered at things they don't like or find offensive, throw loaded terms & petty insults like Nazi, Fascist, Boomer, Incel, etc. at people they disagree with & tar gamers & nerdsas racists & sexists.
  15. Since they reinforce regressive left propaganda (& have done so rather successfully), they are fully endorsed by the mainstream media & pro-Socjus journalists, who have done numerous puff pieces on them.
  16. They even rip off Anti-SJWs wholesale, using terminology commonly associated with them or making similar-sounding terms (Virtue Signalling, Breadpill/Breadpilling, etc.) & making cringe compilations.
  17. They have some outright atrocious YouTubers and people among their ranks such as Dan Olson, Peter Coffin, and Lily Orchard.
  18. Being a group that panders to, and reinforces SocJus beliefs, their fanbases, unsurprisingly, consist mostly of Social Justice Warriors and Radical Feminists. Their fanbase has made many of them untouchable (thus why not many criticisms of them exist), but has inevitably backfired on some of them & led to many needless dramas & infighting in the community:
    • Contrapoints' fanbase and other SJWs have attacked her over various reasons, such as her playing to negative transgender stereotypes for cheap laughs, sharing photos of herself with a couple of anti-SJW YouTubers, interviewing noted TERF, Jesse Singal, her character Justine being portrayed in a sympathetic light in one video, one of her characters, Tabby, being a parody of far-left Antifa activists & biggest of all, two major controversies involving her & the "non-binary" community. The first being spurred by her criticism of the practice of transpeople giving their preferred pronouns while introducing themselves in August 2019, which caused a major shitstorm on Twitter so bad that she briefly deactivated her account & put her channel on hiatus. Two months later on October 2nd, she returned to Twitter & 10 days later released a video titled "Opulence". She then received another wave of online criticism & harassment by her own fans & various other SJWs for what they perceived to be her dissing "non-binaries" as being envious of her & for featuring controversial trans-medicalist Buck Angel as a voice actor. The harassment being so bad it took a toll on her mental health and on November 6th, she left Twitter permanently & put her channel on hiatus again until January.
    • Kat Blaque also experienced similar hostility for similar reasons (having Buck Angel as a guest star). In this case, however, it was from a video made Five Years Ago.
    • Even Shaun & Hbomberguy have also come under fire for using offensive terms.
  19. In addition to the above infighting, it would seem that the same forces of political correctness and identity politics that destroyed the New Atheist community (and the same forces that they downplayed or denied even existed) are poised to destroy BreadTube in the same way.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. They make valid criticisms of unchecked capitalism, the Alt-Right, the Manosphere/MGTOW & extreme conservatives/the more nutty anti-SJWs.
  2. They’re supportive of more reasonable socialist and left-wing concepts like socialized healthcare, free tuition, and same-sex marriage.
  3. Some of them, like H.Bomberguy, Contrapoints, Philosophy Tube & Lindsay Ellis, have great talent and can be entertaining to watch.
    • Also, they produce thoughtful essays on certain subjects.
  4. At least some of them do have a grasp on how toxic their side is & do show common sense. Kyle Kulinski a.k.a. Secular Talk admits that regressive leftists can exist and has stated he dislikes SJWs (though he's rather biased towards MRAs, calling them "stupid" and "whiny"). Anthony Fantano is also highly critical of SJWs (even though he can be quite biased and hypocritical himself at times). Lindsay Ellis has criticized woke culture. Two of Contrapoints' characters mock far-leftists (such as Tabby, who is a satire on Antifa, and Abigail Cockbane, who is a stereotypical pink-haired radical feminist who hates BDSM and other kinks and is also Trans-Exclusionary).
    • Contrapoints, in particular, seems to be waking up more to her side's toxicity with her critique of cancel culture.
    • In addition, some of them are even willing to criticize other breadtubers & leftists. PIGPUNCHER/Xanderhal for example has criticized Lily Orchard & Essence of Thought (though only because they criticized Contrapoints). Vaush has also criticized Lily Orchard (Though again, only because she criticized Contrapoints).
  5. Many of them aren’t necessarily fully or horrible people, just misguided and seemingly unaware/ignorant (or not fully aware) of the toxicity of their side, or can still do some good deeds;
    • H.Bomberguy, in particular, did a 57-hour livestream playing the notoriously-long and time-consuming Donkey Kong 64AGW to raise money for the UK transgender charity Mermaids.
    • Unlike standard SJWs, some of them, such as Contrapoints, are willing to engage in civilized debate with those whom they disagree.
    • As mentioned above, at least some of the people they've "de-radicalized" genuinely were far-right.
    • Also as mentioned, they are against the Far-Right/Alt-Right and genuinely crazy groups such as Christian fundamentalists, TERFs, neo-Nazis, holocaust deniers, Flat-Earthers and climate change deniers.

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References

  1. http://archive.md/95qm5
  2. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WebVideo/HBomberguy
  3. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WebVideo/ContraPoints
  4. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WebVideo/Shaun
  5. https://burrunjor.com/2019/03/14/sjws-dont-like-female-heroes/
  6. https://www.reddit.com/r/EnoughCommieSpam/comments/abd0t2/in_which_hbomberguy_blames_capitalism_for_the/

Comments


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EijiZeBoi

12 days ago
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IMHO Lindsay is the best out of all of them.
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Reebok300

12 days ago
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Agreed. She's only very loosely associated with Breadtube (in that she's friends with hbomberguy & contrapoints & has collaborated with the latter on a few occasions), has criticized woke culture & thankfully stays out of politics.

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