Crazy Mobs at CPAC

I was mobbed on two occasions at CPAC while shooting a short documentary for the Independent Film Project. I was prepared for some hostility after the crazed Andrew Breitbart declared jihad but I have to admit that by the end, I was pretty drained. The first mob, which consisted of about 40 people, gathered after Hannah Giles confronted me and asked me to apologize to James O’Keefe, who is being hailed at CPAC as the movement’s victim hero. I talked to Giles, who was totally civil, along with a few more crazed members of the mob for about 45 minutes, until they dispersed. Giles refused to say who was funding O’Keefe but conceded that he never appeared in any ACORN offices dressed as a pimp. (That contradicts earlier claims by Breitbart and O’Keefe).

The second mob was inadvertently incited by Breitbart, who ran into me as I was trying to escape from a few parasitic and barely coherent characters who felt unsatisfied by their interactions with me during the second mobbing. Breitbart introduced himself by telling me (weirdly), “You’re the best at what you do,” or something to that effect, then came unhinged and unleashed a tirade of insults, refusing to let me speak. I’m sure some of his right-wing fans will celebrate his uninterrupted temper tantrum. Others will see Breitbart as the unstable and desperate character he is. Meanwhile, most sane people will not care.

Because I was shooting for an IFC show that is scheduled to air in May, I am awaiting authorization from the network to post a little footage online. If I get it, I’ll have some video out by late tomorrow or Monday.

Update: Video should be ready for tomorrow, assuming I get approval. Here’s a classic Breitbart freakout, courtesy of Tommy Christopher (highlights include Breitbart’s refusal to address O’Keefe’s pimp costume, his discussion of Gary Bauer, Dan Savage and mucus; his description of me as “evil, evil, evil;” and his blaming of Wade Rathke for the plight of inner city African-Americans):

79 thoughts on “Crazy Mobs at CPAC

  1. tb

    Hey, Joe, please don’t unfavorably compare the value of my car with that of your watch for asking this, but what the shit are “high end industrail lubricanst”?

  2. watershed

    I think “mob” describes pretty decently how Max was treated. Otherwise why would so many people be gleefully howling in their posts at his treatment? There wasn’t any rational debate of any kind, that is for sure. To quote Foster Kamer over at Gawker:

    Breitbart is angry.
    Angry people cause a scene.
    People tend to look at shitshows.
    And being angry and a shitshow and a scene is obviously a pretty profitable business.

    If people like Breitbart were interested in change they’d probably spend less time talking to reporters about destroying people and looking angry and more time trying to figure out how to solve the world’s problems, which are complicated and require less shouting and more thinking.

  3. tb

    He really likes that line declaring the word racist off limits- he’s been repeating it for like two years, way past its obvious shelf life. He must think it’s a real dispute-ender; or maybe his meds have put him into a such a fugue state that he’s physically unable to say anything else. I’m actually kind of leaning that way- he keeps making these repetitive, one word declarations, and responding with inexplicably long pauses to questions along the lines of “what did you do five minutes ago?”

  4. weezie

    One of the hallmarks of authoritarianism is the manipulation of the mob. The wingnuts think this stuff is hilarious right now. But when we get to the serious pitchfork/torch and noose level, they won’t be chuckling. They will stupidly wonder how we got to this place.

  5. weezie

    I joked about Joe’s homoerotic fantasies about me being a man (which I am not). Nothing intolerant about that, moron. Do a few things:

    1. Get a dictionary. Read the New Yorker or the Sunday Times. This will expand your vocabulary and help you understand context.

    2. Take whatever meds you forgot to take. Borrow some of Joe’s – you clearly need them more than he does (and that is saying something, because he is a lunatic).

  6. TED

    Weezie said: “I am sure you were hoping for some guy to come seek you out and do things to you that would both excite and terrify you, but alas…

    sorry to disappoint you in your homoerotic fantasies about me being a guy. I am sure you were quivering in anticipation at the idea of some huge strapping lad (with a wide stance) finding out where you lived and coming to do wicked and sinful things to your trembling body. ”

    Weezie didn’t have to say the word, it is clear from his/her disdain and his/her equation that homosexuality is an insult, EXACTLY what he/she meant.

    Why is it that it is just fine to impugn other posters by drawing some contrived homosexual connection?

    Can you imagine Weezie saying “what are you, some kind of Mexican or something? Sorry I couldn’t give you tacos for lunch buddy!”

    What would be the difference, exactly?

  7. David

    Reminded me of a lynch mob. If republicans were as concerned about racism as they are about being called racist, it would fare better for their image. “Calling someone a racist is the WORST THING YOU CAN DO…” Seriously, to get THAT upset, there just has to be an element of truth.

  8. weezie

    TED your outrage is SO contrived. If he had been speaking to me as if I were a woman, and I revealed myself to be a man (with a flip remark about him fantasizing about me) would that be “straight bashing”? I think not.

    I love wingnuts. They can’t even figure out how to muster up contrived outrage properly. LMAO!!!

    This is even more hilarious than the “You hate Michael Steele/Condi Rice! You hate black people!” or the ever popular “You think Sarah Palin is an idiot?! Sexist!!!”

    I would say that the wingnuts are professional victims, but they are too stupid to be professional victims. Maybe professional idiots? No. Just idiots. Garden variety.

  9. weezie

    I agree David. They believe that making a giant, outraged fuss will somehow cloak the facts in this case.

    The facts are that the forum was to advance the ideas of white supremacy. The presence of a black guy there to be a foil or a target does not change the facts. Of course there was someone there for the other white supremacist panelists to knock around! Alan Colmes served the very same purpose on Hannity’s show for years. He was the resident liberal for Hannity and his wingnut guest to “debate” (read: talk at and shout down). Still, no one disputed (ever) that Hannity’s show was a “forum” to suss out both sides of the issues”. His show is to advance the ideas of the right. Period.

    Breitbart’s stupid ass KNOWS that his fake pimp has been caught out, and thus reverts to the old favorite: Bullying with his mob-posse. And since the authoritarian right is very comfortable with mob mentality, it was not hard to round up a squad of brownshirts.

  10. TED

    Your remarks went beyond flip. It was clear what you did. I want to know why it is supposed to be okay? And while you’re at it, why is it okay to suggest that medicated people are somehow stupid or crazy or whatever you are implying by your insults?

    You clearly didn’t mean the comments to reflect your geniune concerns or observations. You meant them as insults. So why is an insult to be gay or on medication?

    By the way, I am not playing a victim. I just want you explain how it is exactly that you are not an intolerant piece of shit.

    Let me guess, its the “context” right?

    “No no, I wasn’t being racist when I call you a n—–! Put it in context man, I was just joking!”

    Right.

  11. weezie

    Call me a nigger if you want. That is what you really wish to do. This is all a setup so that you can call me a nigger. It is your deepest desire. You probably would like to lynch a me too. The contrived outrage is a setup so that you can say “hey, but you called that guy a retard, nigger. Fucking nigger-assed nigger nigger nigger!”

    You are so transparent. I would like to say that I am offended and shocked. But you motherfuckers never shock. It all boils down to two words with your kind: White supremacy.

    Cheers,

    - Uppity Black Obama-Voting Nigger Bitch

    (Do you feel better now that you have laid your cards out on the table? Honesty is so refreshing, isn’t it TED, my little racist friend?)

  12. weezie

    This thread is officially dull. With the typical supremacist trolls and Breitbart thugglets drooling all over it. I am moving on.

  13. sdgarcia12

    You are completely awesome. I thought Breitbart’s head was going to explode. Now that would have been a good video.

  14. GeneralMalaise

    Max – like his daddy dearest – is, in fact, a scumbag. As Americans watch ACORN shutter its offices around the country, we who value truth can take heart.

  15. weezie

    Whatever, loser. ACORN got swiftboated by the right, but other community activists are popping up immediately to take their places and help the poor and disenfranchised. So before you celebrate the poor and brown having no one to advocate for them, remember that for every dickhead like you, there are a hundred awesome people who are altruists and will spend their lives helping the marginalized no matter what you throw at them.

  16. GeneralMalaise

    “… and will spend their lives helping the marginalized become even more marginalized, no matter what you throw at them”.

    I knew you were “typing through the tears”, so I went ahead and fixed it for you.

    My pleasure.

  17. weezie

    Sorry, but unlike you I don’t get emotional over politics. Now go finish crying over Scott Browns cloture vote, cookie. “Ask him fer yer munee back, cuz heez a leebrull!!!11!!”

  18. weezie

    (by the way, LOL at your “helping the poor makes them more poor”)

    1. Giving someone a job just makes them more unemployed.
    2. Giving someone food just makes them more hungry.
    3. Educating people just makes them more stupid (well, in your case that is the truth).
    4. War is peace!
    5. Starvation is plenty!
    6. Wolverines!
    7. Eleventy !!!11!

  19. DLJ

    luckyjoe, what did I “lie” about? Now be careful, because spin and innuendo doesn’t work on me. Kevin Martin turned everything into hearsay. How do you know he isn’t the liar? Don’t pick the side that works best for you, because if that side is this wrong, you probably shouldn’t be there in the first place. I am on a stronger foundation that Breitbart is. We have names, photos, history and most importantly we were there. Breitbart has an vivid imagination – that, by the way, doesn’t seem to get in the way of him publishing articles about how ACORN is just like the Ku Klux Klan. So come with it, man what did I “lie” about?

  20. Ajax151

    Funny how some newsrealblog.com goers admits that Breitbart came unhinged and looked bad, while others can swallow their version of events which makes him out to be some kind of soul crushing hero of logic.

    I thought you handled yourself very well Max

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