by Counter Cultured | October 29, 2014 1:00 pm
We recently asked Julie some questions on how to combat radical feminism and big government.
CC: Your videos greatly appeal to millennials. Why is that?
JB: I think it helps that I’m a millennial myself. A lot of political commenters are older and stuffier. YouTube is a medium that a lot of young people watch and I’m not afraid to get a little goofy to get a point across. My favorite messages, though, are from little kids who watch my videos or their parents. I’ve heard that kids as young as 4 years old enjoy watching my videos with their parents because they like to laugh at me. I don’t know if they agree or not, but I think it’s cool that they are being exposed to alternative views at least.
CC: Though you identify as libertarian and have a huge following among liberty-minded folks, a lot of your videos resonate with conservatives, especially Millennials who are right-minded (us included). Do you think that’s true?
JB: Yes. I’m glad that there are conservatives who watch my videos and I’m reaching out beyond the echo chamber. I come from a pretty conservative background. The difference, now, is that I don’t think the government is the solution to societal problems. But I still have many of the same values that were instilled into me that might resonate with conservatives. I also try to be respectful of other people’s views. I’ll debate but I’m not going to call people “STATISTS!” if they disagree with me. On my Facebook page, especially, I like to ask questions and get people’s opinions on issues of the day. That way, everyone can add to the discussion and it comes across as less preachy. I’m just expressing my opinions and I can definitely learn from people who have different opinions.
CC: Your latest video—“Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism PARODY” — has over 100,000 views. Does this indicate that people have had enough of radical feminism influencing policy?
JB: There’s been a big push back against radical feminism on the Internet especially over the past few months with the #WomenAgainstFeminism campaign. You’ve probably seen young women holding up signs that say: “I’m not a feminist because _____.” To me, it’s nice to see women who refuse to fall in line. I took a few women’s studies type classes in college and so much of what was said just bugged me. I thought it was sending out destructive victimization messages to young women. I think my parody video was mostly just good timing. A lot of people—even some liberal feminists—were outraged or didn’t like the original F-bomb princess video and I quickly put out a response video.
CC: What topic or person would you like to parody next?
JB: Ooh, I don’t know. I guess I have to wait until someone makes the next dumb viral video that I can mock. My most watched videos have been the princess parody I just did and the Lena Dunham Obama ad spoof video I did in 2012. I have fun with it.
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