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Natalie Wynn Parrott,[1][2] better known as ContraPoints, is a YouTube talker who identifies as a "pessimistic socialist"[3] trans femme[4]/female.[1][note 1] Unlike many YouTube talkers, Parrott has a background in academia.[5]

As of May 2018, Parrott's YouTube channel had over 120,000 subscribers and 4.9 million views.[6] After posting her much-noted video on popular right-wing "intellectual" Jordan Peterson, her subscriber count rapidly surpassed 100,000.[7]

Work[edit]

Parrott began her channel, Contrapoints, in early 2016 with videos discussing specific political or social ideas and/or responding to other youtubers, particularly those involved in New Atheism or Anti-SJW spheres. As the channel has developed her scope has broadened, discussing new types of media and different subjects, particularly American politics and economics. The style of her videos has also changed drastically, shifting from her earliest talking-head monologues to miniature narratives inhabited by reoccurring characters, with the situation depicted in the video reflecting a specific issue as well as serving as commentary on specific kinds of creators or media formats, such as her video focusing on the dissemination of explicitly anti-semitic views, "Debating the Alt-Right".

Views[edit]

Gender[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Gender

Parrott has made several videos about the concept of gender. Her work critiques transphobia, transmisogny, misogyny and gender roles. Her videos on gender usually focus on right-wing ideas of gender and how they conflict with the lived experiences of transgender and non-binary people. She has also severely criticized transgender women who ally themselves with trans-exclusionary feminists or anti-SJW skeptics, both in her earliest videos and her most recent. [8][9][10]

Anti-SJWs[edit]

Parrott has made videos criticizing the anti-SJWs, which include criticizing their blaming of feminism for destroying atheism,[11] their overtly offensive and exaggerated style of critique[12][13] their denial of having any racial bias or prejudices whatsoever[14] and for fat shaming.[15]

Dave Rubin[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Dave Rubin

Parrott has parodied Dave Rubin's show the Rubin Report (her parody show being called the Freedom Report and having a similar intro style and theme as well as set up to the Rubin Report).[16] In one "Freedom Report" episode[17] it shows "Jackie" (the host of the Freedom Report meant to represent the centrist Rubin) clearly being influenced by the alt-right guest on her show, which seems to mirror Rubin's turn from progressive to hard right through his interactions with his right-wing guests.[18] She also said that Rubin was "a man who may disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to appear on his program and spout racist bullshit without interruption or objection", clearly critiquing Rubin's interview styling of not actively challenging his guests, which others have also objected to.[19][20][21][22]

Alt-right[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Alt-right

Parrott has been highly critical of the Alt-Right,[23][24] [25] as well as critical of Alt-Right talking points such as race[26] and their arguments against casual sex.[27] Parrott also made a video talking about how to identify fascists,[28] where she made the controversial claim that just because someone says that they are not a fascist this doesn't mean they're not one (which some in the comments section took widely out of proportion to suggest that Parrott thought anyone who said they weren't a fascist was a fascist. What she was actually doing was applying the same logic we use for murderers and thieves, that just because they say that they are not criminals doesn't make them not criminals, and applying it to political labels. This was doubly funny as in the video itself Contra pointed to a fascist who was literally telling people to not openly call themselves Nazis or fascists in order to gain more public sympathy).

She's also criticized the alt-right's memelord Trump.[29][30]

Other views[edit]

Parrott dislikes TERFs and transphobic women for their exclusion of trans women from women's spaces and movements,[31] cultural appropriation,[32] pick-up artists,[33] the concept of alpha males[34] and pop feminism.[35] (Parrott later retracted her comments about pop feminism in a video commentary.) [36]

Parrott's views at the creation of the ContraPoints channel were strongly influenced by New Atheism and the atheist community on YouTube,[37] as well as disillusionment with the academic left.[38] At the time YouTube atheism was, by her account, disintegrating as a community and marked by the rise of anti-feminist commentators such as Thunderf00t. Her first video reflected a compromise position between the left and New Atheists, largely accepting the latter's propaganda about feminism, although Parrott has since moved sharply away from New Atheism.[37]

Debates[edit]

Parrott, contrary to the right-wing stereotype around progressives,[39][40][41] frequently engages in debates and conversations with YouTubers she disagrees with, including Sargon of Akkad,[42] The Distributist,[43] Blaire White,[44] and Theryn Meyer.[45]

She also engages in discussions with YouTubers she is more ideologically aligned with, such as Polite Conversations[46][47][48] Destiny,[49][50] Ollie from Philosophy Tube[51] and Kristi Winters.[52]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Parrott formerly identified as genderqueer [1] but, since coming out as trans, she no longer identifies as genderqueer or non-binary [2].

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 New Video! TERFs [a w], Patreon.com
  2. Twitter [a w]
  3. https://twitter.com/ContraPoints/status/852311325049016321
  4. Twitter [a w]
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNAAAfLi0pM&t
  6. https://www.youtube.com/user/ContraPoints/about
  7. https://twitter.com/ContraPoints/status/992249497886445568
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spHCEBTqaUE
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_uEXzqW43c
  10. https://youtu.be/j1dJ8whOM8E
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klfH9QaEcqY
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fR6g9CDMsA
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubc2CRwBGTk
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okLqi2t-oHc
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsdaLqAZ9hA
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQPWI7cEJGs
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQPWI7cEJGs
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVQ8vrGA_8
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xytR7Bx1aH8
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3OAg2CSS5A
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxHqGLrwVIE&t
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNv6JRSjdYU
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-c2qnfUNXE
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEyL1rDe60w
  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3XjRO4-kGk
  26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY3lBKje46E
  27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKrbvLkbHu8
  28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx4BVGPkdzk&t
  29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Zam8cqth8
  30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV8tFZZGhL8
  31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQPWI7cEJGs&t=3s
  32. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL4nHYFZoGs&t
  33. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTomsgnRZFk
  34. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6jYB74UQmI&t=713s
  35. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3glomsCM5mU
  36. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYp9Xg6Ivyg
  37. 37.0 37.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQr6yH2WtlI
  38. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvhCjUMHpSQ
  39. http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/young-american-liberals-are-losing-the-ability-to-argue/17007#.Wb0SZMiGPIU
  40. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/22/progressive-liberalism-enemy-of-tolerance
  41. http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/19/why-liberals-attempt-to-silence-honest-debate/
  42. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT9e5Fw9Wi0&t=
  43. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEw1VJoTVuo
  44. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SeCD8tJUhU
  45. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-aSBc4HcE4&t=245s
  46. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1NsR7515iA
  47. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihl5QxfeqDk
  48. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEPYb1xEQVk
  49. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjRWujUXKL8
  50. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryXhON7u7gw
  51. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OppqUxQQE-s
  52. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0bWSkknrac