May 21, 2015

The Rebel's breakout star Lauren Southern: "I'm trying to go against everything I've been taught"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Lauren Southern's first video for -- "Why I Am Not a Feminist" -- went viral, getting well over half a million views.

I was in British Columbia recently, and caught up with Southern to talk about why she thinks her videos are so popular.

She's still a university student, so she shares some depressing stories about how difficult it can be to be the only student challenging the Marxist worldview of academia. Her instructors and fellow students tend to mock her or just ignore her.

Southern, however, isn't complaining.

She's more determined than ever to keep questioning what she's being taught and creating her iconoclastic videos for The Rebel.

For that, we're grateful!


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commented 2015-05-22 23:32:54 -0400
Well, having watched the “interview” clip, I can say she’s dead on target, right on the money that post-secondary education is not really an education so much as indoctrination. If one gets out of the “technical” studies and into the “arts” (Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Education, etc), challenging voices are not tolerated. Even in today’s “scientific” community, where the status quo is supposed to be challenged, dissenting voices are ridiculed and marginalized. Critical, analytical thinking is not taught outside of technical studies (computer science, trades, etc), and hasn’t been for quite a while. Need we bring up Trudeau Jr as a demonstration of this? He can’t even describe where monies for pet projects are going to come from!

So yes, Lauren, exercise your “right of free speech” and your power of challenging status quo! Just because something is accepted as “truth” does not mean it actually is true. Absolutely, young lady, think for yourself!
commented 2015-05-22 23:15:33 -0400
Adam, I would be interested in your line up. I am always looking for new sources, would you care share ?
“There are plenty of reputable right wing media sources and this isn’t one of them.”
commented 2015-05-22 21:48:15 -0400
I see that Terry and Adam have not yet responded to my challenge question.

I guess they are not available. Maybe they have not yet read my comment. Yea, that must be it.

It’s certainly not because they are avoiding answering the questions put to them, that is for sure! They, just by some sheer comic coincidence, just happen not to have visit this article again, or any other article to which I have posted similar questions challenging their comments.

What bad luck I obviously have, posting challenging questions to people just after they leave the article never to appear again. Sigh! Murphy’s law, I guess!
commented 2015-05-22 20:20:19 -0400
Lauren Southern is good business for The Rebel, the contraversy (Libertarian views, though she was Conservative only two years ago) and to attract young political pundits to this website. Would be interested in hearing the Libertarian views on gay-marriage vs Conservative perspective.
commented 2015-05-22 19:32:48 -0400
Adam Christie, if I may ask, what is in your opinion of the definition of “reputable and professional journalism”?

I asked this of Terry Rudden on another article and he did not answer. He must have missed my question. So, Terry, if you read this maybe you also could answer this same question.
commented 2015-05-22 19:28:03 -0400
Regarding the removal of Theo’s article, has anyone determined beyond any shadow of a doubt that it was removed because of Ezra’s big bad mean censor streak, or is it just assumed by people here that it was removed because of that reason?
commented 2015-05-22 19:24:36 -0400
Great interview, but please tell your videographer to lay off the JJ Abrams style “kinetic” camera work, hold it stready and quit with the whip-zooms. I’m getting seasick watching it.
commented 2015-05-22 19:22:44 -0400
Adam Christie – " the problem that I have with The Rebel is that it’s a joke just like Sun News Network was"

Yet you provide no reasoning why, nor any evidence or facts to back up you claim.

What I find is that when people make a comment like this, the website or whatever source they gripe about, hits a nerve they find tender.
Adam, you will have to to better than (and I paraphrase correctly here), “I don’t like Ezra ‘cuz he’s a big meany that says things I don’t want to hear. Waaaahhhhhh, waaaaahhhh!”

Yes, that is what I actually read from your comment, the intent, the meaning behind your angry comment.

If you don’t like it here so much, why are you here?

Don’t misunderstand me, Adam Christie, I am not saying you should go away, but just wondering why you would torture yourself reading and listening to all the terrible things on this site. I find you are quite comedic.
commented 2015-05-22 19:07:20 -0400
P.S. I like Ezra…and have no problem with them removing anything they wish…just noticed an article missing that had been there before…take a powder folks…and my comments on Chrisite (sp?) were regarding his views on the ‘youthful’ professionalism of Lauren’s presentations…not on his comments about Ezra with which I DO NOT AGREE

NOTE! THERE ARE NO LEFTIES ‘lurking’ here today…I help this site too! So stop blaming the left on justified criticism…People on the right who cannot stand anyone who doesn’t cross all their t’s and dot all their ’i’s are just too obtuse to be taken seriously…if we are all going to have to follow ‘THE PARTY LINE’ to a T then we are nothing more than a bunch of dumb sheep and the Rebel will become nothing more than an utter bore! Real Conservatives are ALLOWED to think their OWN thoughts… and I BELIEVE TO HAVE FREEDOM TO SPEAK…OR IS CHRISITE RIGHT that some Conservatives here can give it but not take it? What happened to the logo, “Fearless”, readers? If I don’t happen to agree with Lauren so be it…she is free to think what she wishes, but one thing she and I do not agree on is feminism’s many varied expressions…I have almost 50 years on her and know a great deal more than she does about life…so cool down you younger hot heads!

Having obtain “iconic” status by yanking people’s chains is not much of an achievement…it happens all the time…and hating feminists is really popular everywhere…hardly requires a lot of research to discover this…but keeping the interest of people for a while takes talent…like the truly iconic Rush Limbaugh., Ann Coulter, the delightful Mark Steyn, Brian Lilly, Ezra, the late great Maggie T, Pamela Geller…and the bright upcoming star, Marissa Semkiw, and many others we know and love! But Lauren, being so young, simply hasn’t had time to develop the GRAVITAS and consequence, to make her memorable beyond one video…with time she may become one of these greats…We will see how it all plays out as she grows more mature…she needs time to develop substance.
commented 2015-05-22 19:01:19 -0400
Over 80 years of marxist (communist) experiments all over the world (USSR, Eastern Europe, China, South East Asia, Africa, Cuba, Venezuela etc.) have bought nothing but death and poverty to countless of millions. And yet so called “elites” in the West are shameless enough to push this nonsense…
commented 2015-05-22 18:36:02 -0400
Lauren you are great, I am guessing there are some role models that are very proud of you.
commented 2015-05-22 18:20:52 -0400
@l. Rosie…you are really a ridiculously bossy piece of work! I won’t ask who you think you are…it is quite clear: re: "Rudden, go take your bowel movement back to Theo’s articles. Get out of Laurens (Actually it’s Ezra’s…and note the apostrophe!). Judy, that is a big unsubstantiated comment @terry at the bottom of your post. Take it outside people, and get on topic here"…

But I will be polite: You sound like Frankie Lane…only not as pleasingly melodious…more obnoxious, unrefined, and overbearing…shrill, maybe even a bit like an untamed secular feminist :)

‘keep movin, movin, movin…tho they’re disapprovin…keep them dogies movin’…don’t try to understand them, just rope throw and brand em..move em on hit em up hit em up move em on Cut ’em out, ride ’em in Ride ’em in, let ’em out
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in"

…yup sounds like you, only much more appealing!…

@ Adam Chrisite (Christie?)…interesting response from a man on this site!…and unusually different, maybe I could add, even refreshingly novel ! :)

Oops…watch out, here comes L.R. again….with her whip!
commented 2015-05-22 18:10:23 -0400
When ever trollers drift through, leaving their detritus behind, I know we’ve hit a nerve.
commented 2015-05-22 17:50:54 -0400
Interesting and predictable that the left wing lurkers on this site have attempted to deflect attention away from the content of this interview, to a narrative that they support. Lauren Southern is a new and rising star in the world of the media. But the left will do anything to stop her, because she isn’t playing by their rules. She isn’t a left wing conformist. In their eyes, she is a heretic and must be burned at the stake for daring to challenge their left wing ideology and doctrine. The problem the left have with this new media outlet, “The Rebel”, is that they have no control over it. That they see all their lies being exposed, that they see their hold on information control slipping once again. Make no mistake about it, those on the left will stop at nothing to take down “The Rebel”. They will fabricate stories, alter others, and just flat out lie to everyone’s face in order to achieve that goal. It’s just how they roll. So I say to Lauren Southern, Go Get Em! Don’t hold back, and never let them influence you. The Rebel was founded on crowd sourced funding, and that alone spelled the end of the far left agenda that permeates the MSM. Those on the left just hate it when they can’t control everything, and that makes me very happy!
commented 2015-05-22 13:39:42 -0400
Peter: “She said nothing one way or another about your fantasy about this supposed act of censorship.”
a) Not a fantasy, Peter. The article was published, it was removed, and several people noted it.
b) I’m aware she said nothing. That’s why I asked the question.
commented 2015-05-22 12:43:37 -0400
Terry, you are incorrigible. Liza requested you take your complaints out of this article. She said nothing one way or another about your fantasy about this supposed act of censorship.

Now more on topic: @ David Majak – I was going to post something like that but for myself figured in inappropriate since I am at least twice her age, but my sentiment is the same as yours. :)
commented 2015-05-22 10:44:34 -0400
@ Liza: so you DON’T find any irony in this act of censorship?
commented 2015-05-22 10:40:37 -0400
Rudden, go take your bowel movement back to Theo’s articles. Get out of Laurens. Judy, that is a big unsubstantiated comment @terry at the bottom of your post. Take it outside people, and get on topic here. This is an interview with Lauren, not Terry, or Theo or anyone else.
commented 2015-05-22 10:28:52 -0400
Rick, I agree. Ezra established and runs this site, and is absolutely within his rights to censor or remove anything he doesn’t like. I understand and accept that. But as a self-proclaimed defender of “free speech”, and a self-declared promoter of “iconoclasm”, I think SOME explanation of why he cut Theo’s amusing reflections on PKP and Sun Media would be a courtesy to his readership, if only so that we know what he won’t allow us to talk or write about.
commented 2015-05-22 10:12:42 -0400
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”

Today’s students are being ripped off. The real problem is the lack of time and the UTTERLY OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF INFORMATION that bombards us every day and the multitude of programmes kids are condemned to attend (like hockey!)…causing us to live by SOUND BYTES instead of in depth study of lengthy reasoned tomes…we are losing a lot because of this. Even the ‘shortness’ of Laurens original video cannot possibly cover the required depth of study of the subject and so we are left with a few sound bytes…not enough to delve into the real truth of the issue. So we settle for what pleases us instead of what is real.

Sadly the Universities have stopped doing their job…In the past (50 YEARS AGO) we were taught to question EVERYTHING…now the universities teach students to TOW THE PARTY LINE. There shouldn’t BE a party line in education! A party line means RESTRICTION in education. There has been a DESTRUCTIVE REVOLUTION in the UNIVERSITY CULTURE and colleges as well. UNIVERSITY MEANS UNIVERSAL…everything should be permitted to be explored…that is the point of education…WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY.

I know a professor who was refused a position in a university even 50 years ago, as the tide was turning, after they discovered he was right wing and discovered that he questioned the ‘accepted wisdom’ of the day…regarding his studies on rape. The universities are no longer for EDUCATION but for INDOCTRINATION, particularly in the social sciences. Indoctrination REQUIRES restriction or a loss of FREEDOM. This is the same in the elementary and secondary education system…they have succumbed to long term indoctrination by leaders with a STRONG POLITICAL AND SOCIAL AGENDA…When are Canadians going to stand up against this TRAVESTY STIFLING FREE THOUGHT!

All forms of social studies in Canada are suspect…the only reason to go to university these days is to study subjects that can have no political agenda. Yet even the sciences have their particular ‘naturalist religious’ bent that refuses freedom of expression to any who disagree with their agenda, going so far as blacklisting and having fired, even PhD scientists who do not tow the party line, such as is shown in this full length film. This film shows how even the sciences are taught like a religion…basing much of origins study on the RESTRICTED view of naturalism that has really no effect on practical, or applied, science and therefore should have no scientific right to be so punitive. The political and dreadful social consequences of such restricted scientific studies are explored in this film, including the practice of eugenics that resulted from the naturalistic philosophical bent in science:

Democracy depends on INFORMED CONSENT…misinformed consent is worth nothing! Elementary education is the place to START bringing this agenda to an end…interestingly, this is what parents are doing inadvertantly regarding the Ontario sex education programme. Without realizing it, they are actually attempting to squelch the left wing agenda…so this is a very good thing for liberty…if they succeed.

@ Terry Rudden…I missed that article you mention…too bad no one saved it…would love to see what it had to say…( I have seen a few articles disappear)…
commented 2015-05-22 10:10:18 -0400
TERRY RUDDEN, you seem to be off topic or is it okay only when others do it?
Once again, with your great interest in science, please tell us: Are you aligned with the U.N. position that its science demonstrates a need for such an imperative (for nations to make commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions)? I had asked you this question with respect to the May 18th Rebel post, “Why Harper’s vow to slash CO2 is meaningless”, but you disappeared after I had asked you this question. Try to make your evasion a little less obvious, there’s a good chap.
commented 2015-05-22 09:57:53 -0400
As a further comment, I agree with Terry that the article should not have been taken down. The taking down of the article does not pass the sniff test. Every commentator should have their right to say whatever the wish. I believe Ezra and/or Lilly (who started the Rebel) should give us some form of explanation as to why it was summarily taken down. It may not have had anything to do with either of them. An explanation is warranted.
commented 2015-05-22 09:50:10 -0400
Lauren, you are a beacon of hope in a world controlled by mainstream media! Continue to challenge, question, analyze, reflect on everything that you are taught. Do not accept everything at face value as “gospel truth”. Investigate divergent opinions; listen to the “other side” of the debate with an open mind; and, then, draw your own conclusions as to what and whom you believe. Do not be a “sheep” who will blindly follow its master. Be your own master.
commented 2015-05-22 09:34:38 -0400
Rick, I did go to his site, and I did love it. He’s a good writer.
commented 2015-05-22 09:03:29 -0400
Hey Terry. You seem to like Theo Caldwell’s work, then go to and see what he thinks of the left and Trudeau. It is insightful, funny, acerbic, well-written and surprisingly frank. You’ll love it.
commented 2015-05-22 09:03:04 -0400
Peter: you don’t find any irony in the fact that the (ahem) “Rebel” appears to have yanked a piece of good writing that was a little too honest about Ezra’s ex-boss and last job?
commented 2015-05-22 08:59:25 -0400
Lauren – keep doing this – I am so tired of finding graduates who cannot think – you obviously can – dare to be different.
commented 2015-05-22 08:10:16 -0400
Terry, it’s all a big conspiracy! That’s why! It all part of Harper’s hidden agenda. Oh yea, really! Harper controls the world! Didn’t you know Harper controls TheRebel.Media too? For sure. That article was pulled because Harper ordered it ! Bwhaaa ha ha ha!
commented 2015-05-22 07:51:24 -0400
The concept of “iconoclastic” media is an interesting one.
Yesterday morning, Rebel Media columnist Theo Caldwell and former Sun Media broadcaster published an excellent essay on this site about Pierre Karl Peladeau and the failure of Sun Media. It was insightful, funny, acerbic, well-written, and surprisingly frank about the problems that led to the failure of the network, including lousy production values and a reliance on simple-minded foe-bashing as opposed to good journalism.
The essay disappeared shortly after publication.
I and other readers have asked in Theo’s comments section what happened, and why writing critical of Ezra and Brian’s former employer appears to have been pulled without explanation. No answer yet from Theo, or anyone at “The Rebel”.
I posted the same question on Ezra’s Rebel Media facebook page (as did other readers): those question have been blocked.
I requested an explanation from Amanda Achtman, the “Rebel’s” contact: no response.
So before “the Rebel Commander” sprains his arm patting himself, or anyone else on the back, for their “iconoclasm” or “rebellious” spirit; be aware that telling the truth about Ezra’s former boss appears to be out of bounds.
“Free speech warrior”, huh?
commented 2015-05-22 07:12:35 -0400
Go on The Rebels.