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“”No, I didn't say "the n-word"; I said "nigger". "The n-word" is deeply condescending towards blacks, implying that they'll break down in hysterics at it's mere mention, regardless of context.
|—Davis Aurini, YouTube comment. Well, that's all right then.|
His image, especially the shaved head and goatee combo, bears a remarkable and probably intentional resemblance to Anton LaVey, Kane of Command and Conquer and Ming the Merciless. LaVey would be less than thrilled to have a fan who falls prey to so many of the Satanic Sins quite so assiduously, though.
“”90% of looking like a genius is knowing when to keep your stupid mouth shut.
Aurini makes YouTube videos. Lots and lots of YouTube videos. Most of them are pieces to camera, in which he enlightens us as to racial and gender politics. Production values are mediocre at best; he is particularly inept at sound recording. We Hunted The Mammoth features many
pisstakes analyses pisstakes of his work. To his credit, he speaks clearly, with good enunciation, in complete sentences.
Early videos featured Aurini sitting in front of a Motörhead poster; he then decided he came across as cooler wearing a black suit and turtleneck and mumbling through a cigarette in his mouth (He sometimes lights the cigarette, but has never been seen to puff on it), with a tumbler of only-occasionally-sipped
apple juice whiskey with too much ice in if it were in his hand. At least one video even shows him with said tumbler in hand while sitting in the driver's seat of his car. And he loves his sp00ky props, particularly his fake skull, which he calls "McCarther." Of late he has taken to cowboy hats.
He has also made a bad short film about nothing, Lust in the Time of Heartache, featuring angst over the plight of the manly male, actual fedoras and ninja fights.
Much of Aurini's most noteworthy racesplaining, such as "Why Blacks Fail", has been taken down, and only survives in excerpts or mirrors posted by stunned critics. (This humanises Aurini, in that it suggests, against all odds, a capacity for embarrassment.)
Although he has many things to say in accord with white nationalism, and the immense value of white culture, he stresses that he does not align himself with white nationalism as a movement, as he considers it "a movement for losers". Despite calling himself reactionary and neoreactionary, he is not a fan of the alt-right (the neo-Nazi end of neoreaction), describing them as "Leftist infiltration of the Right". (That this coincides with TheRightStuff considering him a ridiculous fool is mere happenstance.)
Quite possibly the finest Aurini video on race is "Ethno-Nationalism and the Metaphysics of Virtue". In this video you will learn the horror of leftist "snake melon" Jews — who, it turns out, were actually responsible for the Holocaust — that black nationalists cause single mothers, and that "the white southerner version of slavery was the kindest, gentlest and most righteous form of slavery that ever existed", and white culture deserves credit for that, dammit. However, he disapproves of white nationalists who want more white babies without considering "virtue": "I've seen the vilest white-knight beta male behaviour out of these degenerates". The video concludes with a rant about where your pineal gland is pointing and the value of divine creativity.
“”The holocaust did not arise ex nihilo. There had been these manipulative, snake-melon Jews, who had been screwing over Europeans for centuries — it wasn't a majority by any means, but there were enough of them — and Jewish enclaves protected these people, brought them in and profited from their evil, eventually leading to the Holocaust. Which, believe me, I'm not apologising for the Holocaust, but it happened for distinct reasons. And by bringing these leftist Jews into the Jewish narrative, you're tempting God for another Shoah.
|—"Ethno-Nationalism and the Metaphysics of Virtue", 7:00-7:43|
|—In "Sluts, Whores, and the Economics of the Star Trek Universe"|
Apart from his famous observation that "women in our culture have become the most decadent sluts since the fall of Rome" in his podcast "Neomasculinity" Aurini discusses the wisdom he's gained from Roosh V:
“”We have game, which is certainly useful. It's a skill that every man should have to some degree or another. You don't just use it for picking up sluts in bars, okay, this isn't pick-up artistry, it's just how you relate to women. You use game, yes, to meet girls at bars. You also use it with your wife. Or even your nieces. A man with game, y'know, knows how to relate to women. And even little girls are still, they are little women.
|—why Davis probably doesn't get invited to family barbecues any more|
Davis Aurini converted from atheism to Catholicism; he says that there are only two religions: "belief in God and belief in the God of man / the Mechanical God". One of his most striking views towards non-religious people is that left-wingers are narcissist minions of Satan.
Recently, he interpreted the Pepe the Frog meme's adoption by the alt-right as signifying the resurrection of "Kek", a pagan-like god of laughter and stupidity. (A link originally made by Nick Land.)
The Sarkeesian Effect
So when Gamergate came along in 2014, Aurini and his friend Jordan Owen announced they were making a movie titled The Sarkeesian Effect: Peering Inside the World of Social Justice Warriors, setting up a Patreon to crowdfund it at a requested $15,000 a month for five months. (Note that that was to start filming. Though they did take the nearly $9k a month and release a shaky webcam update every month or two.) The project ran into financial problems, as Aurini had correctly assessed men's rights activists' hatred of Sarkeesian, but overestimated how much money they were willing to part with. This was, of course, everyone else's fault.
Stung by the criticisms and the lack of funding, Aurini and Owen released a "teaser" — apparently all the footage they had to date — which looked like it had had $25 spent on it and you could see every penny there on the screen. This was all they had produced with several months and thousands of dollars. (Precise amount unknown; they inexplicably failed to provide the level of accounting detail they demand of Sarkeesian.) With just a bit more cash, they might have e.g. read WikiHow and learnt basic facts about microphone and lighting placement. You can see how badly they needed this in their second Patreon paid update, in which Aurini is literally inaudible from 1:20 on due to being out of range of their directional mic. Just the thing to make their paying sponsors think "this is a good use of my money, I have made a correct decision."
In order to demonstrate his filmmaking chops, Aurini responded to critics of the "sneak preview" trailer with a half-hour long vlog wherein he is both barely visible and barely audible, due to having shot it literally in the dark with his usual terrible audio setup.
The pair had a hilarious and messy breakup in early March 2015 due to delays in getting anything done and Owen disagreeing with Aurini on how cool Roosh V was (particularly Roosh's proposal to legalise rape, as well as the burning question of whether Roosh actually did get laid in Norway). Sadly, they got it back together. Though breaking up again in July, just before Owen was to release a version of the film, Aurini started a personal fundraiser without mentioning it to Owen, ostensibly to finish post-production.
Aurini eventually released a 40-minute "rough cut" to YouTube on July 15 (then later deleted it). Jordan Owen's 2½-hour final version was premiered at a Gamergate meetup in Atlanta on July 31 to a total audience of nine people (including Owen) and released for sale on Vimeo on September 14.
SPOILER: The big reveal of the film was, per the trailer, to be that Feminist Frequency's address is … a post office box!! They tracked it down and filmed the PO box. That is, their planned revelation demonstrated why people use PO boxes. Owen eventually decided this wasn't very good, so the final cut has … no conclusion, just a rambling Ayn Randesque "GamerGalt" speech. Which was apparently an hour originally.
WORSE SPOILER: Owen refused to have it in the final version of the film, but, according to Owen, Aurini had decided, based on watching a Sarkeesian gaming video and literally no other evidence, that Sarkeesian must have been raped by her father, and apparently wanted to make this utterly unsubstantiated claim the capstone revelation of the film.
Totally Not The Sarkeesian Effect
Aurini finally released Immersed in Subversion: Control the Culture, Control the Man (Davis Aurini's Sarkeesian Documentary) direct to YouTube on 28 March 2016. He stresses that this is totally not The Sarkeesian Effect or a version of it in any manner whatsoever, although it uses footage filmed for it (i.e., all the Aurini footage Jordan Owen cut out of his version). He still doesn't know how to record sound properly.
Davis later admitted, after spending a year and a half making a film about Sarkeesian, taking thousands of dollars in donations to do so and holding forth with his opinions of her opinions at length, that he had never watched any of Sarkeesian's videos through. "If I had ever watched any of her fucking videos, I could have come up with a far tighter argument." Apparently she's too "toxic and pedantic".
Sarkeesian and death threats
“”Did Ms. Sarkeesian report this to the FBI instead of the SFPD? Did the Officer who she reported to hate women, and throw her report in the garbage? Did she eat some bad burritos, and was this all just a fever dream?
|—Davis Aurini just asking questions|
Aurini then claimed that Sarkeesian was lying about her death threats because he had apparently contacted the San Francisco Police Department and asked for a case number and none was found; this was proven wrong by an SFPD spokesperson who looked harder and found that Sarkeesian did indeed complain to them about death threats she'd received, numerous times, and the case had in fact been handed over to the FBI.
When proven wrong, Aurini then went from point A to point U by going full conspiracy theory mode, spewing red herrings, that "this revelation about the FBI didn't answer all of our queries, rendering GamerGate nothing but a tinfoil-hat in neck-beard chic – quite the contrary, it compounded them!". Owen made a video that somehow managed to spin the story to make out that he was the true victim.
Other contributions to human understanding
- His claimed life-experience includes: "Trained as a Historian at McMaster University" — though he doesn't claim an actual finished degree — and "Infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces" for an unspecified length of time. In his website bio he claims to be "an author, strategist, neoreactionary monarchist, and an entrepreneur". His author bio at A Voice for Men adds "theologian" and "patriot".
- He has written an unbelievably terrible novel, As I Walk These Broken Roads, which "explores the ideas of masculinity, brotherhood, social evolution, epistemology, and the nature of violence" with only a slight peppering of punctuation and grammar errors. The novel started as fan fiction for the game Fallout, before he filed the serial numbers off.
- He is a global warming denialist.
- He has outlined his philosophy of film-making, which is best summarized as "planning is for suckers". He does not understand that "fix it in post!" is a filmmaker's way of saying "well, that was a cockup."
- "Only a few hundred Germans were directly involved" in the Holocaust and most Nazis didn't want it to happen at all; and in general, the Nazi state wasn't nearly as bad as it's painted. Furthermore, "Given the feminist/pro-immigration state that's growing in Canada, I might actually prefer it."
- Even 4chan's /pol/ board doesn't take him seriously.
- https://twitter.com/Aurini/status/602171785593769984 best tweet he ever made.
- Comment on The Sarkeesian Effect: A Measured Response.
- Is Race Realism Racist? — "fundamentally, no. Race realism is simply the truth and living a life of lies is sure as hell not going to set us free." (transcript)
-  "On paper, I have nothing against white nationalism. I'm a huge white nationalist on paper" — the paper on which this is not racist must be a Möbius strip.
- The Nine Satanic Sins
- Tweet, archive.
- #GamerGate question of the day: Does Davis Aurini own multiple skulls, or is he moving one skull from room to room? (David Futrelle, We Hunted The Mammoth, 27 October 2014)
- McCarther's watching you… (Davis M. J. Aurini, YouTube, 14 June 2007)
- Mammoth summary. The best bit of the film is someone getting punched in the nuts around 6:20; sadly, it's not Aurini. The font for the credits (9:24 on) is also worth boggling at.
- Why Blacks Fail, original.
- Why Blacks Fail, mirrored.
- 28 March 2014. Full 17-minute horror here, a four-minute highlights excerpt here.
- Nothing to do with actual snake melons — this is a skull type in the particular racialism espoused by Koanic Soul. A Picture Worth a Thousand Books (Koanic Soul, 23 August 2015)
- Neomasculinity (1:14-1:49), Davis M.J. Aurini, 24 May 2015; excerpted in The Aurini Deffect by Richard Coughlan
- 4 Nov 2014 tweet; screenshot.
- https://youtube.com/watch?v=8behWO51AW8 — "Yes, Margaret, There is a Devil: An Explanation of Extant Evil"
- https://youtube.com/watch?v=5FU2nG9gTlc ‐ "Pepe, Kek, and the Rise of an Elder God"
- Grand Theft Auto V and Misogyny (blog post, 26 September 2013)
- ABC segment and article (warning: autoplay video), Aurini's response
- The Aurini/Owen production company logo is an anarchy circle-A. What the fuck.
- "Today I’m going to break the basic rules of Marketing, and I’m going to do it with a rakish grin." Note also the use of the tone argument against people who thought he was full of shit and dared say so.
- #TheSarkeesianEffect Teaser No.1, October 2014 (Davis M.J. Aurini, YouTube, 20 October 2014)
- Fantastic review from We Hunted The Mammoth.
- #TheSarkeesianEffect: Second Paid Update and Anita on Colbert (jordanowen42, YouTube, 31 October 2014)
- Followup to the Teaser Video (Davis M.J. Aurini, YouTube, 21 October 2014)
- #TheSarkeesianEffect: Cutting Ties with Davis Aurini (jordanowen42, 3 March 2015), in which Owen also promises some actual accounting for the project's supporters (video taken private, entirety preserved in this commentary 2:26-4:35, 5:55-8:04, 20:20-21:36); Aurini blog response; Aurini, in an interview, compares Owen to Elliot Rodger. (This interview is comedy plutonium.)
- Aurini released the chat logs, thinking they made him look in any way good.
- Owen/Aurini Productions: Reunited (Davis M.J. Aurini, 12 March 2015)
- Owen announces premiere, to be at an Atlanta Gamergate meetup on July 31st. Aurini announces a new crowdfunding effort for post-production on the film, without Owen's name on it; Owen advises supporters not to give it any money, Aurini comes back again ...
- Davis M.J. Aurini (14 July 2015). "The Sarkeesian Effect (Rough Draft Preview)". http://web.archive.org/web/20150714232705/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6AibgptNxc.
- Friday Afternoon Video: “What it’s like watching The Sarkeesian Effect” (We Hunted The Mammoth, 18 September 2015)
- Comment by David Futrelle.
- But feels competent to advise history Ph.D candidates. Aurinis Insight: Advice for a History PhD Candidate
- Download the seven-chapter sampler! Or don't.
- Goodreads reviews
-  warning: /pol/. "what the fuck Aurini? I think maybe you've been drinking too many Jameson shots with Apple Juice."