OPINION: Sargon of Akkad Is An Existential Threat to UKIP
Editors Note: Elliot Lake is the UKIP Students Media Officer and Treasurer at Kent UKIP Students
On the 17th June 2018, Carl Benjamin (a.k.a. Sargon Of Akkad) joined our party to several warm welcomes. It was believed that he would bring many more members to the party and that he would appeal to the youth, which he did to an extent (though far less than the 10,000 they are currently claiming).
However, I was suspicious. I did some research into some things Mr Benjamin has said recently. I am so unimpressed that I have to say that I think that Mr Benjamin is an existential threat to the party.
I have compiled a video to highlight some of these statements. These are only from the past few days. There are countless more that are equally if not more damaging:
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I think it should be exceptionally clear to everybody that if somebody joins us with “Infiltration and Subversion” in mind, that they will do nothing but poison and potentially destroy our party. This is not to mention his constant insistence on being the future leader within the stream, with exactly no mandate to claim this.
Furthermore, Mr Benjamin has on multiple and repeated occasions publicly used racist epithets, sexist remarks, and anti-Semitic sentiments. Even with the most forgiving lens, these would be catastrophic in the public sphere.
This behaviour is unbecoming of those who want to win elections.
In addition, I think his motivation to join is selfish. Not only did Mr Benjamin lie to my face in private conversation (he said that he had no interest in internal party politics, while he clearly does if he desires to be the future leader), his online standing is in frank decline.
SocialBlade data shows that he has lost around 45% of his overall viewership since April 2017. If we factor in the Adpocalypse, which reduced ad revenue for many by around 80% (some as high as 99%), this would mean that Mr Benjamin has lost around 89% of his ad revenue on YouTube.
His Patreon account, a website where people can support their favourite creators monetarily, has also visibly declined since October 2017:
This leads me to conclude:
In my considered opinion, I think Mr Benjamin desires to buttress his online presence with real life activism to continue to sustain his income, rather than join us to help this nation to be great once again.
As many of you are aware, and as I am sure he is, YouTube is a fickle platform, and it looks as though in a couple of years Mr Benjamin will be in a similar position to The Amazing Atheist. That being, tons of subscribers but very few views…
And very little income.
I am working on an alternative for the party with other prominent YouTubers currently and we are in advanced talks with an excellent and dynamic creator to give UKIP a strong online presence.
However, I think it is vital that we remove Mr Benjamin as soon as possible. It is clear that the mainstream media is aware of this and wishes to make this public in the immediate future (Guardian, Daily Beast, News Week). It is my contention that these articles are a prelude to a significant media attack which we will suffer if Mr Benjamin remains in the party.