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Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro rose to prominence over his ability to COMPLETELY DESTROY and ANNIHILATE debates. In fact, YouTube is littered with clips of Shapiro taking questions after his lectures where he uses “facts and logic” to take 20-year-old college students to task.
But when faced with a journalist at the BBC, Shapiro couldn’t handle the inquiry, eventually walking off the set.
Shapiro on Friday was doing press for his new book, The Right Side of History, and was pressed by BBC host Andrew Neil, especially over his support for Georgia’s new abortion law.
Neil is a prominent conservative in British politics, but Shapiro called him a biased member of the “left.”
Shapiro wouldn’t stand for Neil reading his old tweets, where he once declared that Arabs like to live in sewage. At one point, Shapiro called having his statements read back to him were unfair and designed to make him look bad.
Eventually, frustrated with the interview, Shapiro took off his mic, concluding that “I’m popular and no one’s heard of you.”
Shapiro—who infamously has declared “facts don’t care about your feelings”—got roasted online for being in his feelings about facts.
"IM PoPUlar AnD yOu aRe NoT!!!!" Screams the melting snowflake, Ben Shapiro, as he shrinks into the wet pavement surrounded by Islamophobes and fascists. https://t.co/a2aHZ2XnI2— Lefty-Desiree McLeftyFace (@TinaDesireeBerg) May 10, 2019
Ben Shapiro throwing a temper tantrum the moment he’s challenged in an interview is as hilarious as it is pathetic pic.twitter.com/hMRGR6inUq— Jed (@j3dinah) May 10, 2019
he didn't even term the pro-life position barbaric. he termed drafting statutes to make miscarriages potentially punishable by decades in prison if the cops don't believe the woman barbaric. is this really your debate king? https://t.co/K2dkKV3NMn— Sigh Hersh (still a yianni d. fan) (@Ugarles) May 10, 2019
it must be humiliating for an American reporter who glowingly profiled shapiro to realize how easily the little nazi is thrown off his game https://t.co/MP5po84m8H— Elon Green (@elongreen) May 10, 2019
This is why Ben Shapiro specializes in debating college freshmen and Tucker Carlson— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 10, 2019
It is morally reprehensible that Ben Shapiro terminated the Andrew Neil interview. He should have had to bring it to term— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) May 10, 2019
Because I like to bring laughter into people’s lives, please join me for a quick, fun ride.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 10, 2019
If you’re not familiar, Ben Shapiro is a con-smurf-ative blowhard popular among the right’s clownacopia of blowhards. If Ann Coulter had a nephew, you get the idea.
Honestly, the spectacle of Ben Shapiro going on BBC and completely melting down under the slightest bit of adversarial questioning should really make us rethink the whole way our press approaches politics and empowers bad-faith provocateurs.— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) May 10, 2019
Shapiro did finally address it this morning, declaring himself bested and “saying he didn’t prepare.”
.@afneil DESTROYS Ben Shapiro! So that's what that feels like 😉— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 10, 2019
Broke my own rule, and wasn't properly prepared. I've addressed every single issue he raised before; see below. Still, it's Neil 1, Shapiro 0. https://t.co/UAtAUtIWtO
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]