You will not be shocked to learn that Alex Jones is an asshole in the workplace, too.
Rob Jacobson, a former video editor who worked for the site for 13 years, alleges his co-workers and managers called him “The Jewish Individual” and “The Resident Jew,” and that Jones regularly humiliated and belittled him. As the Mail reports, “The abuse got so bad that one member of staff photo shopped Jacobson’s face on to the image of an Orthodox Jew under the words ‘THE JEWISH INDIVIDUAL DEMANDS YOUR HOT TOPICS’ and printed it out for all to see.” Jacobson, who was eventually fired, is planning to sue Jones for discrimination, harassment, and unfair dismissal, in addition to his EEOC complaint.
Meanwhile, Ashley Beckford, a former production assistant for InfoWars‘s parent company, Free Speech Systems, alleges Jones “often spent his time shirtless, and endlessly leering…at female employees and guests,” which created a “disgusting, hostile environment” that openly encouraged his staff to make inappropriate comments towards women. According to the EEOC statement from Beckford, who is African American, Jones made unwanted sexual advances and allegedly groped her while commenting, “Who wouldn’t want to have a black wife?”
Now if only we could also sue capitalism for setting up a system where a man needs a job that requires him to be humiliated for 13 years.
I declare It is those frequently unnoticed aspects of social/political/economic reality that are taken for granted, that urgently need the application of a strong sceptical glass.
If there is one topic that needs a radical application of scepticism it is the nature of work in the modern world. Frankly above and before most other topics.
Sceptics really should ask themselves just how much of the so called protestant work ethic is in reality a slogan benefitting slave holders and their descendants especially when internalised by the offspring of said slaves and those who are obliged to compete with slaves.
More emphasis on how in the US the ex slaves and those who found themselves competing for work with the ex slaves were strongly encouraged to see each other as enemies. Divide and conquer on steroids.
They weren’t just tolerating humiliation, they were committing actual evil, like harassing school shooting survivors and parents of victims. No sympathy at all.
Brian Pansky says
Even though the “sue” part isn’t meant literally, I don’t think this makes sense.
Somehow, “capitalism” is seen as a blameworthy factor here? Even when it seems like the way to solve this sooner than 13 years is to fix the inadequate laws (and stuff) against abuse?
Yup. I was listening to his show a few years back when he was interviewing a man and a woman via Skype about some tech issue he was trying to incorporate into his globalist conspiracy theory. About five minutes into the interview, he suddenly told the male interviewee that he was really lucky to have such a hot colleague, telling him (not her), on air, while she was right there on the call, that she was so good looking, she could be a porn star.
Here’s a link to an Austin Chronicle article about Jones’s tenure at the local cable access channel.
The drama and accusations are nothing new. They have been following him his entire career. If you search “Alex Jarhead Jones” you will find more, but I’m not sure he’s worth it…
Brian Pansky is right. My experience and that of too, too many women is that a man of any background, ethnicity, religion or politics can be a sexual abuser/harasser/predator. The rich white men are responsible for all evil meme fails completely with respect to this issue.
Porivil Sorrens says
How exactly does that prove that capitalism as a system played no role? Women can be part of the bourgeoisie too.
Furthermore, those women exist in a system that was structurally founded to the benefit of rich white men, and were socialized in a system that reifies capitalistic constructs. While they can be bad actors, they don’t exist in a vacuum.
“Bad women exist!” doesn’t actually shift the blame from rich white men and capitalism at all. If anything, it’s pretty obvious that women are just as willing to exploit class disparity as men are, when they have the societal power to do so.