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Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer tries trolling Aziz Ansari, gets trolled instead

Apparently, everyone saw Richard Spencer cry on TV.


Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Published Jan 23, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:54 am CDT

The internet is showing no remorse to a neo-Nazi who got punched in the face after President Donald Trump‘s inauguration.

On Sunday, just days after being attacked, alt-right leader Richard Spencer tweeted at Aziz Ansari, who hosted this weekend’s Saturday Night Live episode, in response to Ansari’s standup monologue

During his bit, Ansari mentioned the alt-right movement, one that embraces racism, white supremacy, and the preservation of the white race in the U.S., not by name but by the term, “lower-case K.K.K.

“The problem is, there’s a new group… I’m talking about these people that, as soon as Trump won, they’re like, ‘We don’t have to pretend like we’re not racist anymore! We don’t have to pretend anymore! We can be racist again! Whoo!,'” Ansari said. “You know who I’m talking about. There’s like this new lower-case K.K.K. movement that started. This kind of casual white supremacy.”

The monologue struck a chord with Spencer, who asked Ansari if he’d been triggered by the neo-Nazi’s work.

Given that Spencer had just been filmed being punched by a man with alleged ties to the black bloc (a protesting tactic rooted in anarchism, where people dress in all black to identify each other while remaining anonymous) while giving an interview after Friday’s inauguration, the internet had a different take on who really had been “triggered” this weekend.

Yes, everyone, absolutely everyone, saw Spencer “cry” on “TV”—that is, if by “cry” we mean hold his hand to his red face and walk away from the scene of the punch, and by “TV” we mean a video clip uploaded to Twitter

The “Everyone say you cry on TV” line has become a meme of sorts.

It is almost exhausting trying to think about all the people who saw Richard Spencer cry on TV.


Ansari has yet to acknowledge to the Spencer’s comment, but we know how he’ll respond if he chooses to do so. 

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*First Published: Jan 23, 2017, 9:49 am CST