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This viral video looks very bad for “free speech warrior” Ben Shapiro
It turns out conservative pundit Ben Shapiro isn’t quite as fond of free speech when he’s losing a debate on his own turf.The antigay commentator was speaking at a Young America’s Foundation event at Iowa State University on Tuesday when he got into an argument with a Democratic activist and former Elizabeth Warren campaign staffer about the definition of “wokeism.”As Shapiro puts it, wokeism is the belief that “all inequalities of today are attributable to not only historical injustices but also continuing injustices in the now.”The Democratic activist pushed back, refuting Shapiro’s definition and questioning why it is that conservatives are the only ones who define it as such.Related: Angry GOP pundit Ben Shapiro thinks he “owned the libs” with his bagged wood, gets mocked instead“You are not characterizing what I am saying accurately,” he said.Avoiding the question entirely, Shapiro tried to cut off the conversation, saying “we’re going to have to stop this because it is going nowhere.”The unnamed activist then said he was “just trying to understand” Shapiro’s perspective, at which point someone working for the event put their hand over the man’s microphone.The activist complained he was “being censored,” adding: “I thought you were a free speech warrior.”“This is absolutely amazing,” wrote Media Matters senior researcher Jason Campbell about the clip, which has since gone viral. “You have to watch it.
Ariana Grande steps in to protect trans youth matching $1.5 million in donations
Ariana Grande is stepping in to protect trans youth, launching a new fund and matching donations raised from up to $1.5 million in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, following recent anti-trans policies that target the trans community.The superstar announced the creation of her Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund, partnering with fundraising organization Pledge and urging her fans and followers to donate to make a positive impact, collecting over $450,000 since going live.“Right now there are hundreds of disgraceful bills pending in state legislature that target trans youth and aim to curb their rights,” Ariana wrote, including states banning trans students from participating in school sports, such as Arizona, Oklahoma, Iowa, Utah and South Dakota.The singer stated that this new fund will provide “critical funds” and direct services to organizations “providing direct services and advocating for the rights of trans youth,” adding that this campaign will bring donations to 18 organizations across 12 different states, including the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, Equality Florida, Jasmyn, Tennessee Equality Project, and more.A post shared by Pledge ( shared her appreciation for everyone taking the time to donate, as “the impact of fighting these anti-trans bills and policies is felt all year by trans people, their families and loved ones.”