So why is YouTube personality Candace Owens, AKA Red Pill Black, getting so much hate lately?
The liberal-turned-conservative has made waves over the past few months with her videos slamming social justice warriors, the media, and left in general. Her tell-it-like-it-is style and sarcastic wit have made fans out of many conservatives. However, it seems that now, people on both the left and the right are attacking her.
Who Is Red Pill Black?
For those who aren’t “in the know,” Candace Owens is a popular YouTube personality and entrepreneur. She also happens to be an outspoken black conservative. Her YouTube channel features several videos in which she calls out the left and discusses the issues of the day.
Owens quickly became an internet sensation garnering over 146,000 subscribers — with only 14 videos. It’s an impressive feat — but when you watch her videos, it’s easy to see why. Her video on the incident in Charlottesville, Virginia is an example of how she uses facts to expose the left’s lies.
Nevertheless, over the past couple weeks, Owens is receiving vicious attacks related to a service she created in 2016.
What Was Social Autopsy?
Last year, Owens began development on a service designed to combat cyberbullying. The service — known as Social Autopsy — was a website where one could post the personal information of individuals who had bullied them online.
The idea was that a person could enter another’s social media information along with their offending posts. They would be able to add the person’s place of employment as well. Anyone would be able to look up an individual on this database — including potential employers.
Owens has experienced harassment and bullying herself. In various interviews, she recounts an incident when other students left her a series of threatening voicemails replete with racial epithets. According to CTPost, one of the messages said, “You better not (expletive) be there, because you might get a bullet in the back of your (expletive) head.”
The school did not take action against the boys when Owens reported the threats. She was accused of fabricating the story — which led to further harassment against herself and members of her family.
Criticism Of Social Autopsy
The service was met with criticism from individuals on both the left and the right. The notion that a person could create an entire online profile for others who offend them is scary — especially to those who value privacy. It’s easy to see how one could abuse a system like this.
What if a person decides to create fake social media posts for people they don’t like? What happens if people can find out where a particular person lives? Using a service like this could result in further harassment and even violence. Quite a price to pay for some inappropriate comments, right?
Owens ended up abandoning the project. She left the website up for about a year so that she wouldn’t be accused of trying to cover it up. However, the site was inactive and not being used. “I haven’t even typed in the domain name in over a year,” she told Liberty Nation. “I don’t even own the domain name past this February.”
Nevertheless, the social media criticism persisted.
While some of the criticism is fair, much of it falls into the realm of conspiracy theory. It has made her a target for trolls. Some have insisted that Owens intends to revive Social Autopsy at some point –despite the fact that she has done nothing with the site for over a year. Many have also surmised that her decision to become a conservative isn’t genuine.
People have also made unsupported claims that she is conning conservatives into giving her money so she can continue to raise funding for the project. Nobody has accused her of colluding with the Russians yet, but it’s only a matter of time before someone implies that the “Red” in Red Pill Black is suspicious.
What’s The Deal?
Here’s the reality: Candace Owens created Social Autopsy when she was still a leftist. She has been open about the time in her life when she was buying the left’s lies.Owens is not pursuing the project any longer.
Additionally, Owens’ current actions debunk the claim that she is leftist disguised as a conservative. She creates videos that are sure to enrage the left – and she continues to do so despite their constant attacks.
So why is the opposition choosing to focus on a project that Owens has already left behind? She told Liberty Nation that she believes it’s because the usual leftist attacks won’t work:
“I wondered what it would be. Surely they couldn’t label me a white nationalist or a racist. ‘Misogynist’ wouldn’t have rang correctly either. So this week, they went with ‘democratic secret-agent who will siphon money from conservatives.’”
According to Owens, this new round of trollery has only helped her. “Truly, this is laugh-out-loud funny and worked only to grow my fan base. Not sure how long it will take trolls to realize that Conservatives and libertarians don’t fall for smear campaigns,” she said. She added, “That’s why Donald Trump IS the president.”
She’s right. One look on Twitter and Facebook will show that along with the attacks, she is enjoying much support — and her fan base is growing.
The bottom line is that Owens is no longer pursuing Social Autopsy. It was a project she started when she was still on the left — and you know how the left feels about regulating speech they don’t like.
People on the right who were worried about the service have valid concerns — however, she has moved on and is supporting the conservative cause. Slamming Owens for something she is no longer doing is not productive. Conspiracy theories don’t help either. Many conservatives — myself included — were liberals before they had their “red pill moments,” and we all had our faulty beliefs. There’s no reason to keep punishing Owens for her past.
We should be quick to call out people on both sides when they engage in wrong behavior, but we should be faster to acknowledge when they turn away from it. Instead of faulting Owens for something she did previously, we should encourage her in what she is doing now.