Jean-François Gariépy

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Jean-François Gariépy
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Gariépy in January 2020
Personal information
Born1984 (age 38–39)
Québec, Canada
OccupationYouTube personality, author
YouTube information
Years active2011–present
Total views232,425[1]
Associated acts

Last updated: June 2021

Jean-François Gariépy (born 1984) is a French Canadian white nationalist,[2][3][4] former neuroscience researcher,[5] and alt-right[6] political commentator. Gariépy hosted the YouTube channel The Public Space before launching his current channel JFG Tonight[citation needed] where he calls for the creation of a white ethnostate, promotes antisemitic messages, and advocates for the genetic superiority of white people.[7][8][9] The Anti-Defamation League lists The Public Space among "White Supremacist Channels".[10] Gariépy has been described as a "standard bearer of the alt-right."[11]

Personal life[edit]

Gariépy was raised in Saint-Sophie, Québec and has been married three times. Gariépy and his third wife separated in July 2015. In December 2015, his wife gave birth to his first son. In the ensuing custody case, his wife accused Gariépy of "emotional abuse" and of "threatening to abduct their child to his native Canada." Gariépy's wife was given custody, to which Gariépy appealed. The appellate court judge ordered Gariépy to undergo a psychological evaluation which resulted in Gariépy being evaluated as "very bright, intellectually", while also showing a "lack of insight and impulse control".[12]

During the custody case, Gariépy started a relationship with a 19-year-old mestizo autistic woman from Texas, and eventually convinced her to drive to North Carolina to be with him and attempted to get her pregnant. As the parents objected to her daughter's relationship with Gariépy, a case was filed in which the woman was revealed to have "the social and mental maturity of a 10- or 11-year-old child", according to a psychologist. Gariépy claimed she was pregnant with his child, but this was proven false. Guardianship was consequently transferred to the parents who severed the relationship. In an interview, Gariépy told The Daily Beast that the current family court system is designed to "harass men, to harass white, heterosexual males. Right now I'm currently being treated as a criminal by courts that don't have the power to put me in jail, but they have the power to ruin my life."[12]


Gariépy studied biology at the Université de Montreal. In 2008, the Society for Neuroscience awarded Gariépy the Next Generation Award.[13] In 2012, he finished a doctoral thesis in French about the neural networks involved in the respiratory rhythm in lampreys.[14] From September 2011 until September 2015, Gariépy studied social interactions in monkeys at the Institute for Brain Sciences at Duke University.[15] Over his scientific career, Gariépy published 21 research items that were cited 529 times.[16]

Gariépy was not asked to return to his postdoctoral position. At this time, Gariépy was in a relationship with one of his undergraduate lab assistants. Gariépy told The Daily Beast he left Duke University for Canada because "he'd grown disillusioned with the scientific community."[12] In a Facebook post, Gariépy said he was leaving academia because it was "defective" and was interfering with "a true search for knowledge". He said he would continue to search for "a better way" to satisfy his scientific curiosity.[17] As of 2018, he had moved back to Canada following changes to his legal immigration status related to his divorce from his third wife.[12]

In 2014, Gariépy received $25,000 from Jeffrey Epstein to start the nonprofit organization which was dedicated to education on science and philosophy via YouTube.[18] Asked whether he felt any regrets for having taken money from a sex offender, Gariépy said: "I'd cash a check sent straight from the devil if it could allow me to advance science or science education [...] I did know about the earlier conviction of Epstein when I accepted the money. I didn't know of the most recent allegations though, which are worse than I thought. In any case, I do not regret taking the money. Evil people are not just evil."[19] Later that year Gariépy requested additional funding from Epstein to finance his book, The Revolutionary Phenotype. Epstein did not respond. The book, which was self-published in 2018, argues that artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and other advances might lead to the destruction of humanity.[20][21]

Political commentator[edit]

Gariépy made his first public appearance on episode 76 of the podcast Drunken Peasants in 2015.[12] In 2017, Gariépy joined the YouTube channel Warski Live as co-host.[22] At Warski Live, Gariépy introduced topics like scientific racism by discussing ethnic differences with guests like Richard B. Spencer, Millennial Woes, Andrew Anglin and Sargon of Akkad.[11][23] At Warski Live, Gariépy gained notoriety among the alt-right as a moderator of the so-called "YouTube Bloodsports" where two or more mainly right-wing guests engage in often highly abusive discussions on politics.[24]

After a falling out with his co-host, Andy Warski, in April 2018, Gariépy founded his own YouTube channel "The Public Space". The channel has, among many others, featured white nationalists and alt-right figures like Richard B. Spencer, David Duke, Mike Peinovich, Nick Fuentes[25] and Greg Johnson.[24]

Selected works[edit]

  • Gariepy, Jean-Francois (2012). Organisation et modulation du réseau neuronal de la respiration chez la lamproie (PDF) (in French). Montreal: Université de Montreal.


  1. ^ a b "About JFG Tonight". YouTube.
  2. ^ O'Brien, Luke (May 30, 2019). "Twitter Still Has A White Nationalist Problem". HuffPost. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Weill, Kelly (September 18, 2018). "Inside YouTube's Far-Right Radicalization Factory". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Koh, Yoree (November 3, 2018). "Hate Speech on Live 'Super Chats' Tests YouTube". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Weill, Kelly (March 15, 2018). "Alt-Right YouTuber Accused of Luring Autistic Teen in Pregnancy Plot". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 16, 2020. A former neuroscience researcher at Duke University who left suddenly in 2015, Gariepy now makes videos attempting to prove white superiority, calling for all-white separatist states and a crackdown on immigration.
  6. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (March 19, 2018). "Alt-right is dying, but powerful conservatives are mainstreaming its ideas". Salon. Retrieved February 16, 2020. Jean-François Gariépy, a prominent alt-right YouTube personality who works closely with Spencer [...]
  7. ^ Martineau, Paris (October 23, 2019). "Maybe It's Not YouTube's Algorithm That Radicalizes People". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved February 16, 2020. The most exteme[sic] category, the "Alt-Right," refers to those who push strong anti-Semitic messages and advocate for the genetic superiority of white people, including [...] Jean-Francois Gariepy.
  8. ^ "Names of prominent far-right commentators spray-painted onto Plateau buildings". CBC. May 8, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2020. Jean-François Gariépy, originally from Quebec, is an online white nationalist personality, who supports ideas of white superiority and white "ethnostates."
  9. ^ "Fallen Star: Jason Kessler went from a high of 'Unite the Right' to a pariah among other racists and in his hometown". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved February 16, 2020. Jean-François Gariépy, a YouTube personality who promotes the idea of ethnostates and has expressed antisemitic views.
  10. ^ "Despite YouTube Policy Update, Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist Channels Remain". Anti Defamation League. August 15, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Béland, Gabriel (May 25, 2019). "YouTube payant pour l'extrême droite". La Presse (in French). Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d e Weill, Kelly (March 15, 2018). "Alt-Right YouTuber Accused of Luring Autistic Teen in Pregnancy Plot". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 31, 2019. The psychologist found Gariepy to be "very bright, intellectually," but said he showed a lack of insight and impulse control, a "sense of being treated unfairly, or victimized," and displayed distorted thoughts suggesting "overt psychosis."
  13. ^ "Next Generation Award". Society for Neuroscience. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  14. ^ Gariepy, Jean-Francois (2012). Organisation et modulation du réseau neuronal de la respiration chez la lamproie (in French). Montreal: Université de Montreal. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "Jean-François Gariépy". Duke University. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  16. ^ "Jean-Francois Gariépy". ResearchGate. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  17. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (September 11, 2015). "The Rise of "Quit Lit". Soon-to-be former academics are taking their grievances public". Slate. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  18. ^ "Front Page". Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  19. ^ "Dirty Money". GenomeWeb. August 27, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  20. ^ Aldhous, Peter (August 26, 2019). "Jeffrey Epstein's Links To Scientists Are Even More Extensive Than We Thought". BuzzFeed. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  21. ^ Gariépy, J. F. (2018). The revolutionary phenotype : the amazing story of how life begins and how it ends. [Place of publication not identified]: CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1729861561.
  22. ^ Haskins, Caroline (February 12, 2019). "How YouTube Drives Shane Dawson and Other Creators to Conspiracy Theories". Vice News. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  23. ^ Silverman, Robert (August 20, 2018). "The Far Right Is Conning IMDb: They're Exploiting 'a Weakness in the System'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  24. ^ a b Holt, Jared (December 12, 2018). "White Nationalist YouTuber Says Jeffrey Epstein Once Gave Him $25,000". Right Wing Watch. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  25. ^ Holt, Jared (May 8, 2018). "Nick Fuentes Denies Being A White Nationalist By Explaining That He's A White Nationalist". Right Wing Watch. Retrieved June 7, 2021.

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