Steven Crowder is known to often do segments on his show satirizing The Young Turks, and has involved everyone from Gavin McInnes to Sargon of Akkad. However, a recent stunt of his went a step further and involves him trolling Cenk Uygur–co-founder and host–in person.
Crowder showed up at an South by SouthWest (SXSW) panel in Austin, Texas, on March 12th, 2017, to troll Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks (TYT), while dressed as Cenk Uygur himself. The first thing he says as he enters the room is “Hey! What’s this bullshit? What’s going on here? I thought we were going to have a reasonable discussion!” Of course, mocking Cenk. To which, Uygur responds by saying “he basically makes money by riding my dick” and that “he makes a living by trying to copy me”.
About halfway through it, the man sitting next to Cenk gets up and walks away from the panel. Crowder then takes a seat next to him as Uygur begins explaining the story behind the trolling. Which, of course, involves the incident with Alex Jones at the 2016 Republican National Convention. This is, of course, when the anti-fat shaming Ana Kasparian notoriously yelled “get off the stage, you fat f***”, Cenk Uygur poked fun at lizard people conspiracies before eventually losing his cool when being presented with a Bill Clinton shirt that read “Rape”, and Jimmy Dore even spit in his face. This incident launched a wave of criticism all over the internet.
After all is said and done, one of Crowder’s staff members (Not Gay Jared), posed as a TYT fan and asked for a picture with Cenk. Afterwards, he takes a parting shot at him by saying:
“I’m a big fan… even if your audience is dwindling.”
Reactions to this incident have been mixed. A piece in the Conservative Review praised Crowder and referred to the incident as “giving him a taste of his own medicine”, a YouTube channel by the name of Discoveryness called him a “blithering, blundering idiot” (check out the like to dislike ratio), and Styxhexenhammer666 responded with a bit of nuance saying that “it was amusing, but many people watching that will not respond well to the idea of this type of provocation” and that “it’s a poor strategy”.
Whether you like or dislike this stunt, it is kind of to be expected. Crowder has previously crashed the women’s march in drag, feminist festivals in his undies, and college socialist protests disguised as a fellow SJW.
This isn’t the first stunt he has pulled, and it likely won’t be the last.