|The Drunken Peasants|
|Hosted by||Ben (aka Benpai), William Berry (aka Billy the Fridge)|
|Genre||Comedy, Popular Culture, Social commentary, Political commentary|
|No. of episodes||486|
|Original release||January 5, 2014 – present|
|Total views||59 million+|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of June 29, 2018.|
Drunken Peasants (DP) is an American social, popular culture, and political commentary podcast that started in January, 2014. The podcast was originally hosted by the mononymous Ben (aka Benpai), TJ Kirk, Scotty Kirk and Paul Parkey, Jr. As of February 2018, the podcast is hosted by Ben and William Berry (aka Billy the Fridge), along with a rotating lineup of guest hosts. The podcast predominantly features the hosts commenting on video clips from the Internet, with YouTube videos often being featured. The podcast gained attention after a video clip in which the podcast's hosts questioned media personality Milo Yiannopoulos resulted in the latter being accused of supporting pedophilia and hebephilia.
Drunken Peasants podcast originally aired in 2014 as the No Bullshit Podcast. The show was co-created by Ben and TJ Kirk, the latter of whom was already an established YouTube content creator by way of the Amazing Atheist YouTube channel. The pair would often invite guest hosts onto the show, with TJ's production support staffer and younger brother Scotty eventually becoming a full-time host. YouTuber PaulsEgo (Paul Parkey) became the fourth member of the podcast's permanent staff in 2016. In 2017, they introduced a fifth regular host, Billy the Fridge, who was named the '5th Peasant' during a Seattle meet-up. As of December 2017, the podcast had produced 414 episodes. The show also hosted numerous exclusive, private shows, and "DP Special" episodes throughout their run.
On Episode 193 of the show, the DP hosts interviewed controversial media personality Milo Yiannopoulos. During the episode, the topic of relationships between underage children and adults was briefly discussed. Yiannopoulos stated that sexual relationships between 13-year-old boys and adult men and women can "happen perfectly consensually", as some children are sexually and emotionally mature enough to consent to sex with adults. In February 2017 the politically conservative Twitter group the Reagan Battalion posted an edited segment of the Drunken Peasants episode. This, and the ensuing criticism Yiannopoulos's comments drew, resulted in the media personality being removed from his position as a speaker at CPAC. The widespread coverage of Yiannopolous's remarks brought a degree of notoriety to Drunken Peasants. In an interview with TJ Kirk on The Joe Rogan Experience, host Joe Rogan remarked to Kirk that “Your podcast was the big podcast that kind of sunk Milo", to which Kirk commented that he had known what he had gotten himself into by inviting Yiannopoulos on the podcast, while also stating that the podcasts's impact on Yiannopoulos had been unintentional.
TJ Kirk announced the end of the Drunken Peasants on December 29, 2017 via his own YouTube Channel and Twitter. On the other hand, Ben never announced his leave and chose to continue the podcast. On January 31, 2018, Ben confirmed via Twitter that he and TJ had reached an agreement and that Drunken Peasants would continue without either Kirk brother or Parkey.
Generally, Drunken Peasants episodes are two to three hours in length. In December 2017, the podcast announced that future episodes would air on Mondays and Thursdays. In June 2018, the podcast instead announced that going forward their shows would be on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Drunken Peasants is primarily a social and political commentary podcast. Video clips and news articles were often shown, with commentary made by the podcast's hosts towards said media taking up the majority of the current episode's run-time. The average episode of the podcast is divided into segments depending on what media are available to be commented on. Segments included Troll or Not a Troll, in which the hosts determine whether or not a content creator is an internet troll; Feminist Slam Poetry, in which critique is given towards bad feminist poems; The Information Segment, in which a random article from Wikipedia was read; DP Action News, in which clips or articles from mainstream news outlets were discussed; Crazy People, in which videos of content creators, both big and small, deemed by the hosts as crazy were viewed and critiqued (notable content creators included in this segment are Anita Sarkeesian, Alex Jones, Tommy Sotomayor, Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker, and Pastor Steven Anderson); Cutting the Fat, in which old, usually poorly-made videos of the hosts were viewed and mocked; and The Individual Brett Keane Segment Situation, in which videos or articles written by the hosts' arch-nemesis, Brett Keane (a born again Christian YouTuber based in Festus, Missouri who was TJ Kirk's inspiration for joining YouTube), were mocked and, in cases of his guest appearances, challenged and debated.
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