Friday, June 10, 2022

Ben Shapiro: Is Ignoring the Other Side a Winning Strategy for the Left?

 his week, my company, The Daily Wire, premiered a blockbuster new documentary starring Matt Walsh. Titled "What Is A Woman?", the documentary investigates radical gender theory and its peculiar hold on the elites in our society -- and how the insane proposition that men can become women and vice versa has become so well-accepted that even normal Americans now live in fear of questioning it. The film has been the single largest success in the history of The Daily Wire; hundreds of thousands of Americans have subscribed to view it. Yet Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregator for film and television, has not a single traditional review of the film. 

        That's because, according to the legacy and entertainment media, the film doesn't exist. When the Daily Wire press team sent out invitations to reviewers to watch the film -- knowing, of course, that the vast majority of reviewers are Left-leaning and would undoubtedly pan the film -- reviewers began responding with insults and declarations of preemptive hatred. "Hard pass," wrote one. "Unsubscribe," wrote another. "Lose my email. Forget my name." A third reviewer, this one a member of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, wrote, "Hard f---ing pass. I won't give that transphobic bigot a platform on my site. Never email me again!" Thus, the current Rotten Tomatoes audience score for the film is 96%; the reviewer score remains empty.

        Reviewers' willingness to pretend that there is no controversy with regard to gender and sex perfectly reflects the Left's beliefs about transgender ideology more broadly. One gender reassignment surgeon -- a medical doctor who performs body-mutilating surgeries -- told Walsh that nobody believed in traditional ideas about biological sex anymore; only "dinosaurs" would believe such antiquated notions.

        Such denial of the mere existence of a countervailing argument is a common feature of the Left these days. The idea is that by pretending opposition to bizarre ideas doesn't exist, you can mainstream those bizarre ideas. Thus, "everyone believes" that climate change is not merely a byproduct of human activity, but that it threatens life on earth; to deny the latter proposition is tantamount to Holocaust denial. "Everyone believes" that America is systemically racist; to do otherwise is to mark yourself as a bigot. 

        But what if everybody doesn't believe such propositions? What if there are millions of Americans -- the majority of Americans, in fact -- who believe precisely the opposite? Then the only option is to reinforce denial with censorship. Which is why former Barack Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer went on the air at MSNBC to declare the very popularity of conservative viewpoints a threat to democracy. "Right wing content," Pfeiffer observed, "dwarfs progressive content (on Facebook). It dwarfs mainstream media content, which actually should be the part that scares us the most, that Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire has more followers and engagement, many times more than The New York Times or CNN... That is a problem for democracy."

        Democracy, you see, simply means the Approved View. If the Approved View is somehow unpopular, that must be a problem of propaganda, which is in turn a problem for democracy. The only solution is to ban such propaganda, thus leaving a monopoly on behalf of the Approved View. If the echo chamber isn't strong enough to drown out the outsiders, simply silence those outside the chamber, then declare democracy safe.

        There's only one problem: it won't work. Democrats have siloed themselves into an increasingly progressive universe, one in which the most controversial imaginable propositions are utterly uncontroversial. In this universe, the other side doesn't exist. Unfortunately for the Left, the other side  does exist. And they vote. And come November 2022, the ostrich strategy of the Democratic Party and its media apparatchiks is likely to bear devastating electoral fruit.

        Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of "The Ben Shapiro Show," and Editor-in-Chief of He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is "The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America's Institutions Against Dissent." To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



Anonymous said...

There’s only 2 genders it’s simple, scientific, and nothing you can change. Women and Men have a different bone structures you can cut and paste all you want but it won’t change that. Also, tab A was designed to go into slot B to reproduce screaming poo poo factories, anything else is unnatural and a defect in the brain. Yes, there have been poo punchers and taco bumpers throughout history and some cultures have HE/SHE/ITs. But as far as gender goes only 2, you don’t have to listen to your space daddy, the alphabet gang, or the Democrats to tell you that.

Anonymous said...

Baby Ben needs to learn that respect is earned, whining doesn’t help anything. Why would anyone want to watch a movie about Ben projecting his own insecurities over his manliness onto democrats?

Anonymous said...

America spends too much time worrying about the tiny percentage of our population that is gender-confused. Less than 2% from what I have read. Liberals obsess over their right to be themselves, whatever that is, and the conservatives obsess over the liberals' obsession. Enough, already. Our time and energy would be better spent on issues that matter to the majority of us, such as healthcare, food and transportation, for the greater good of all.

Anonymous said...

@6:41 said
and the conservatives obsess over the liberals' obsession.

Nope. We are obsessed with protecting our children. I don’t care what consenting adults do behind closed doors. But you don’t get to corrupt and groom my kids with your degeneracy and mental illness. Full. Stop.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter. The ultra-progressive activists are not interested in what you or I think or believe. They are not trying to convince us of anything. It's the children. If they can make their gender-sex-confusion part of our children's new normal, what difference will adult common sense make? The last thing they want is analysis and debate of their unsustainable descent into societal madness. They simply want to keep the popular media pumping their "anything-goes" lifestyle into the heads of vulnerable kids and let the passage of time do the rest. Perversion and confusion will become "normal".
Look at the statistics. LGBTQI+++ is growing big time. They would love to be ignored, while they are winning.

Anonymous said...

So your failure to get good reviews for your shoddy film is evidence of a political agenda?

Have you considered the possibility that you’re just not as talented as you think?

#BenWantsHisParticipationTrophy!!!! #Waaaah!!!

Anonymous said...

@9:36 AM
Just how bad is your reading comprehension?
Ben got plenty of user/viewer but the professional critics just want to pretend it doesn’t exist.

The movie is pointless though. All of these LGBTQI+Pgroups have public leaders and those leaders have names. At any given time of there day there will be at least one thread on /pol/ discussing these people. These threads include infographics tying the names and faces to the non-profits pushing this garbage on children in public schools and the media. It’s not some anonymous gay cabal. They file tax exemption forms and raise millions of dollars. It’s an industry.

Ben should discuss it because doing so would get anyone else (besides him) labeled an antisemite. He is the only one who could discuss it without getting instantly smeared. Why he chooses not to discuss these facts is a question that needs to be asked.

Anonymous said...


For conservatives, everything is governed by their fear. They don't give a damn about those things you mentioned, as they can't get their rabid base riled up over common things that affect us all. CRT, abortionists, gays, and atheists are coming for them!

Anonymous said...

Another Christian Crusade is coming...and it won't be pretty because this time it will have the 2nd Amendment behind it instead of religious dogma of dominance. Self-defense will become analogous to a new and leave me alone and let me live, or else.

Anonymous said...

Ben seems not to understand the difference between the government forcing you to "believe" and preventing YOU from forcing your beliefs on others or discriminating against those not sharing your beliefs.

Ben may not believe there is a such thing a men who like to dress as women, or humans born with two sex organs or only one that developed enough to function or believe homosexuality is a decision or the result of exposure to the behavior( even though their is zero proof that is true and quite a bit of proof in the lack of a "cure").
Ben wants everyone to think like him and be as ignorant about sexuality and chromosomes and hormones and ovaries and the uterus and his own
And, apparently, Ben isn't much of a sports fan if he doesn't already know that testing testosterone and progesterone levels could establish define gender definitions by too much or not enough occurring within normal limits so as to complete "change". But, thanks to our sexual ignorance , we haven't even gotten to the point that we are even cursed with men who think below their waist and think that defines being a "real man" and that only "fertility" and boobs define a "real woman".
I have little doubt that when Ted Cruz as the question," What is a woman?" question, he well knew it couldn't be legally answered in a Senate hearing or without extensive medical testimony or an unbecoming snide "come back".
So add political naiveite to Ben's ignorance and that of everyone preventing a discussion about how we can protect Ben believing his myths and me from having those myths forced, not only on me, but keeping my children ignorant as well.

Anonymous said...

I grew up on a farm. We learned pretty early in life how to tell the difference in male and female.

Anonymous said...

don’t care
I am not taking part in your delusions.
If I can tell you are a man in a dress then I am going to make a point of calling you sir and referring to you as a man, no matter how much your screech.

Honestly the truth is that nobody would care if you could pass as a woman. But most of you can’t and it is repulsive.

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