Southern in 2016
|Born||16 June 1995|
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Alma mater||University of the Fraser Valley|
|Occupation||Political activist, internet personality|
|Total views||50 million|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of August 2018.|
Lauren Cherie Southern (born 16 June 1995) is a Canadian far-right political activist,[a] internet celebrity, YouTuber, writer and documentary film director. She has been described as alt-right,[b] though she has denied this. In 2015, Southern ran as a Libertarian Party candidate in the Canadian federal election. She worked for The Rebel Media until March 2017. In addition, she has written for Spiked, the International Business Times, and The Libertarian Republic. Southern continues to work independently and uploads videos on YouTube.
In 2017, Southern supported the white identitarian group Defend Europe opposing the action of non-governmental organizations involved in search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. She was detained by the Italian Coast Guard for blocking a ship embarking on a search-and-rescue mission. In March 2018, she was questioned under the UK Terrorism Act and denied entry to Britain, because of her intentions during her March visit. She said she was "permanently banned" from the UK, though it was later confirmed she was refused entry for specific purposes only, not banned.
In July 2018, she went on a speaking tour of Australia and jokingly called for the country to be bombed, quoting the Bible. In August 2018, her attempted speaking tour of New Zealand was unsuccessful. Auckland Council cancelled Southern's booking and blocked her from using its venues, claiming she wished to "stir up ethnic or religious tensions".
- 1 Education and personal life
- 2 Political career
- 3 Activism
- 4 Views
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Education and personal life
Southern was born in Surrey, British Columbia. She studied political science at the University of the Fraser Valley but completed only two years without matriculating. Southern said she dropped out because it was a waste of money to pay for knowledge she could obtain on her own.
In 2015, Southern was a candidate in the 2015 Canadian federal election representing the Libertarian Party in the district of Langley—Aldergrove. She was briefly removed by the party as a candidate, but was eventually reinstated with support from Breitbart News and The Rebel Media. The election was eventually won by Conservative candidate Mark Warawa. Southern finished last, having received 535 votes, or 0.9% of the total.
Southern was mistakenly suspended from Facebook, having criticized the site for banning several conservative commentators. She later received an email apology from Facebook saying the suspension was an "error".
In January 2017, Southern posted incorrect rumours from 4chan that the Quebec City mosque shooting had been carried out by Syrian refugees; she later deleted those tweets. In March 2017, Southern announced she would be leaving Rebel Media to become an independent journalist. In the same month, she gained access to White House press briefings.
In April 2017, Southern was one of several scheduled speakers at a Patriots' Day rally in Berkeley, California. The rally led to a riot between pro-Trump demonstrators and anti-Trump counter-protesters.
Support for the targetting of NGO ships
In May 2017, Southern took part in an attempt organized by the identitarian group Génération identitare to block the passage of an NGO ship, the Aquarius (co-owned by SOS Mediterranée and by Doctors without Borders), which was leaving Sicily to start a search-and-rescue mission for ship-wrecked migrants off the shores of Northern Africa. Claiming that the goal of the activists "was to stop an empty boat from going down to Libya and filling up with illegal migrants", Southern was briefly detained by the Italian Coast Guard. NGO ships often rescue migrants and refugees, who disembark from Libyan shores on unsafe makeshift rafts, and bring them to Sicily. With regard to her actions, Southern stated that "if the politicians won't stop the boats, we'll stop the boats."
Southern supported similar actions by identitarian[clarification needed] group Defend Europe, which chartered a vessel to track and stop what it called collusion between NGOs and human traffickers. In July 2017, Southern revealed that Patreon had deleted her account citing concerns about her "raising funds in order to take part in activities that are likely to cause loss of life". Southern denied these allegations, stating that Defend Europe's actions were likely to save lives and that none of her funding went towards the group.
In March 2018, Southern, Pettibone, and Pettibone's boyfriend, Martin Sellner, were all denied entry to the United Kingdom. Southern was also questioned under the Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Her denial of entry was due to her intentions during her March visit and on the same grounds as Pettibone and Sellner.
She said she was "permanently banned" from the UK. The government issued a statement that she was instead refused entry for specific purposes only, and reports of her being banned were false. New Zealand's immigration minister checked this when processing her visa application because "being permanently banned from the UK or Australia would have triggered a response from us" and could have result in her New Zealand work visa being denied.
2018 Australian tour
Shortly before a planned speaking tour of Australia in July 2018, Australia's Department of Home Affairs denied Lauren Southern an Electronic Travel Authority visa, saying it was "not a working visa". She intended to charge $79 for a basic ticket and up to $749 for an "intimate dinner". The Australian government allowed her to enter the country once she had the correct visa. Arriving at Brisbane airport, she was wearing an "It's OK to be white" shirt.
There were no protestors at her event in Sydney, where ticket holders were notified of the venue by receiving a text on the day. The Sydney event included a $200 meet-and-greet, a $500 VIP meet-and-greet and a $750 dinner.
2018 New Zealand tour
In August 2018, Southern's attempted speaking tour of New Zealand was unsuccessful. Auckland Council cancelled her booking and blocked her from using its venues to "stir up ethnic or religious tensions". For agreeing with the cancellation, an MP received violent threats.
The subsequent booking of a private venue was revoked by its owners, one of whom said "The minute I heard who it was I cancelled". In retaliation, their venue was vandalised. The failure to find a venue was celebrated by around 1,000 protestors, who said the planned event had nothing to do with freedom of speech. The Prime Minister said Southern's views "are not those that are shared by this country".
Auckland Council venue cancellation
Southern and Canadian podcaster and YouTuber Stefan Molyneux were scheduled to speak in Auckland on 3 August 2018, at an Auckland Council-owned theatre. Auckland Live, the Council agency responsible for the theatre, cancelled the venue booking on the grounds of concerns around "the health and safety of the presenters, staff and patrons". The Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff then tweeted that Council venues should not be used to "stir up ethnic or religious tensions". Goff later added, "we've got no obligation at all" to provide a venue for "hate speech". In response, Southern denied assertions that her views were "hate speech" and warned about the danger of "progressivism".
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and National Party leader Simon Bridges said they would have supported her right to speak, while Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson said she supported the ban. For saying so, Davidson's family was sent degrading messages of a sexual nature and death threats by supporters of Lauren Southern. Human rights lawyer Craig Tuck criticized Mayor Goff's decision as a violation of free speech, while the cancellation of Southern and Molyneux's tour was welcomed by the Auckland Peace Action activist group and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ). By contrast, The Spinoff contributor Ali Shakir said that while he disagreed with many of Southern's views, he thought she and Molyneux should be welcomed to New Zealand and said that barring them damaged the country's commitment to freedom of expression and raised "serious concerns about the process." Shakir also questioned FIANZ's claim to speak for all Muslims. A group called the Free Speech Coalition advocated for a judicial review of the cancellation and raised NZ$50,000 in less than 24 hours. The group's supporters included former Labour Party cabinet minister Michael Bassett, former National and ACT parties leader Don Brash, Property Institute chief executive Ashley Church, Auckland University of Technology historian Paul Moon, broadcaster Lindsay Perrigo, political commentator Chris Trotter, and New Zealand Taxpayers' Union director Jordan Williams.
On 20 July, Immigration New Zealand granted visas for Southern and Molyneux to visit New Zealand. While describing their views as "repugnant" and "counter to the kind and tolerant values of the vast majority of New Zealanders", Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway cleared their entry on the grounds that the duo had met immigration character requirements including not having prior criminal convictions. He added that they were never banned from Australia or the United Kingdom as previously reported. Southern welcomed the news and tweeted that she hoped that she and Molyneux could be "unbarred" from their venue as well.
Alistair McClymont, an immigration lawyer, argued that there were "plenty" of grounds to stop the two coming into the country. He cited the visa cancellation of a rapper in 2014 using a law usually reserved for white supremacists, and suggested the grounds of a risk to order or the public interest. "Considering the amount of information out there in the public forum about the views held by the different people and what they've been talking, they would be plenty of grounds that could have been applied to declining visas." In the end the minister took the view that denying entry would not be justified.
Seeking a private venue
On 25 July, Southern and Molyneux cancelled their trip to New Zealand. The Free Speech Coalition said time had run out to find alternative arrangements for the pair, following the Auckland Council ban. On 26 July, Southern and Molyneux's promoter David Pellowe said that the duo would be speaking in Auckland after claiming that a new speaking venue had been found.
On 2 August, Southern and Molyneux arrived in Auckland for their speaking event on the following day. An email to attendees said the pair look forward to the day when "ideas right of Stalin are permitted equal rights to peaceful assembly". The speaking tour was booked at Auckland's Powerstation theatre but was cancelled shortly after the venue was revealed on social media. Owner Peter Campbell rescinded the booking, citing disruption to neighbours. Co-owner Gabrielle Mullins cited "humanitarian issues", adding "The minute I heard who it was I cancelled", "It goes against quite a lot of things that we say" and "They can say whatever they want but personally I don't want it in my venue". For refusing to host the speakers, their building was vandalised with graffiti.
Response to private cancellation
Tāmaki Anti Fascist Action spokesperson Sina Brown-Davis said her group feared "dehumanising depictions of indigenous people" in New Zealand. Molyneux had called Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people "the lowest rung of civilisation". Brown-Davis added "They've been quite clever framing this as a free speech issue, which they use as a smokescreen to introduce their politics of hate and division." In response to the cancellation, Southern blamed a "violent and scary minority willing to make threats and commit violence" for shutting down free speech. Roughly 1000 protestors gathered in Auckland's Aotea Square that night, celebrating the cancellation of the event, which they said had nothing to do with freedom of speech.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand is "hostile" to the views of the speakers and "I think you'll see from the reaction they've had from New Zealanders that their views are not those that are shared by this country, and I'm quite proud of that". Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson added "Aotearoa does not stand for your messages of racism, hatred and especially white supremacy". Justice Minister Andrew Little said the speakers "clearly have misled people" in trying to secure the venue. TV personality Te Hamua Nikora said the pair were against multiculturalism, unlike New Zealand. The minimum ticket price for the cancelled Auckland event was $99.
Southern has been widely described as alt-right,[b] far-right[a] and right-wing.[c] She rejects the label "alt-right". The Southern Poverty Law Center has described Southern's videos as antifeminist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and borderline white nationalist. She is anti-multiculturalism and has called the Black Lives Matter movement a "terrorist organisation".
Southern said transgender people have a "genuine delusion" adding "It’s body dysmorphia and that is a mental illness". She criticised legal recognition for changing one's gender, because people doing so might be "dishonest".
Southern has spoken in opposition to feminism and has said that women are "not psychologically developed to hold leadership positions", and "not going to be as great being CEOs". In 2015 she attended SlutWalk and held a sign that read, "There is no rape culture in the West." She also said that it was "insane" to focus on the issue.
Southern is against multiculturalism. She has asked whether a multicultural society would require "witch doctors" at medical conferences, and has claimed that "multiculturalism will inevitably fail unless 50 per cent of the population believes in Western culture". New Matilda reported that the core message of her 2018 speaking tour of Australia was that "multiculturalism doesn't work". On the tour, she caused controversy for publicly criticizing an "Asian only" room-share advert that she had photographed and published as evidence of the "extremely tribalistic" nature of immigrants. This was an attempt to highlight the supposed failure of multiculturalism, by suggesting that it produced a form of "segregation".
Southern defended the American alt-right leader Richard Spencer, who said "Hail Trump" in a speech at a white nationalist gathering, and called for a "peaceful" ethnic cleansing of America. Southern said he "is not a white supremacist, he is a white nationalist. He believes in a white ethnostate."
"White genocide" conspiracy theory
Southern has promoted the white genocide conspiracy theory. She has advocated for European countries to refuse refugees from Africa and Asia, saying that immigration would lead to white genocide, and has been labelled in media as a "booster" for the conspiracy at large. In 2018, Southern produced a documentary called Farmlands about the conspiracy theory in relation to post-Apartheid farm violence in South Africa. Farmlands includes claims of an impending race war in South Africa, a common talking point for white nationalists.
- Sources describing her as "far-right" include:
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- Sources describing her as "alt-right" include:
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- Sources describing her as "right-wing" include:
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On April 15, American activists, many of whom support closed U.S. borders, held a "Patriots Day" rally in Berkeley, California. One of the marquee speakers was Lauren Southern, a Canadian.
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