From the ashes of Ezra Levant’s Sun News Network came a Western alternate-media phenomenon: Rebel Media (alt.: The Rebel). Growing especially provocative and popular during the 2016 American Presidential Election, Rebel Media’s forerunners (i.e. Ezra Levant, Gavin McInnes, Faith Goldy, former correspondent Lauren Southern, Brian Lilley, and David Menzies, to name a few) took a stab at political correctness, groupthink, political corruption, Neo-Marxist propaganda, radical Islam, and other issues left unaddressed or spun to a blur by what has come to be called the Mainstream Media (MSM).
The Rebel’s font choice is as bold as its headlines. “The UK at War.” “Racist University Apartheid.” “How the Left Pushes Pedophilia.” “Special Gun Rights for Muslims?” Many of the vloggers’ use of hyperbole seem to continue the spirit of the SNN, which frequently and intentionally pressed hot buttons and painted with broad strokes. That said, this boldness has paid off, not only with engagements, click-throughs in the monthly millions, and wild comment sections, but with real political activism.
The Rebel wears two hats, as many news networks and publications are now wont to do. CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and virtually all American print media fought desperately for a Clinton win in 2016, while feigning to provide objective coverage of the candidates and their campaigns. The Toronto Star vehemently opposes conservative bids for power in both Ontario and federally, and has enough muscle in its left hand (from punching right) to set records. The CBC struggles to paint whatever Canadian political party will fill its coffers with public funds, whether it be the LPC or the NDP. Ezra Levant, too, has been both a media publisher and an activist, and usually at the same time.
After working to “Unite the Right” in Alberta and winning the Canadian Alliance party’s nomination in the riding of Calgary South West, Levant started the spiritual successor to the defunct right-wing weekly magazine, Alberta Report. The revamped and renamed publication, the Western Standard, operated in earnest from 2004 until 2007. The mission, according to Levant: “to fight fights and to make money.”
Levant’s Western Standard met its untimely demise and Levant his rise to free-speech champion when the magazine published the Jyllands-Posten [Danish] cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. In the wake of 200 deaths resultant of the inevitable overreaction by Islamists to the original printing of the cartoons, primarily in Denmark and in the Middle East, Levant republished the cartoons saying later of them in an interview with the Globe and Mail: “[It was] the biggest moral success…Every penny and hour spent on the magazine was vindicated with that one act.” Syed Soharwardy, Gordon Wong, Mohamed Elmasry, and other publicly-offended Canadians sought Ezra’s reputation and incarceration via Canada’s kangaroo human rights courts.
After taking both a legal and financial beating, Levant scuttled his print-media operations and turned his focus to cable television and to the Internet. When the former petered out, the latter began to catch on.
Rebel Media, founded in 2015, maintains and emulates Levant’s tenacity and his ability to be the loudest and most provocative person in any room. Its Canadian nursery was and is more or less an echo chamber, and incredibly hostile to conservative views, especially after nine years with a Conservative federal government. With the exception to a few publications, most notably The National Post (and only in the Comment section), The Rebel stood alone, true to its namesake and to its slogan, “fearless”; an opponent to the status quo—now hard-left relative to even Chretien and Martin’s Liberal standard. Infamy has given way to interest, and that interest has quickly gone international.
Rebel Media runs a subscription video service, but the majority of its engagements online take place on YouTube. With over 6,100 videos, and hundreds of well-scratched petitions, The Rebel now has an audience spanning the globe, as well as correspondents in Australia, the United States, and most recently, the United Kingdom. England has only recently found its appetite for real truth to power, and that comes, at least in part, from the work of one unyielding little Englander.
Although former EDL leader Tommy Robinson has been opposing and rallying against the perceived threat of Islamism across the Atlantic in the UK for over a decade (initially in response to radicalization in his hometown and the uncovering the massive Muslim grooming gangs in Rochdale and Rotherham), his success and notoriety have not come easily. He has been routinely silenced, imprisoned, and gagged, usually by a state wary of offending progressive sensibilities and damaging the narrative of unproblematic multiculturalism. Islamists and white supremacists alike have made attempts on his life and on the lives of his friends and family. Despite the reaction he has witnessed and survived, Tommy Robinson has continued his mission, making lateral alliances with Sikhs, and all sorts of Britons unwilling to submit or bow to the Saracen sword.
Robinson struck a chord that resonated loudly outside of his hometown of Luton and inside the living rooms of little Englanders the nation over— particularly those directly affected by radical Islam—when he screamed for action in the days following British Army Soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby’s murder.
Despite the mainstream media and mouthpieces of the state referring to him before and after Rigby’s brutal murder in 2013 as a Nazi, a fascist, and a racist, Tommy’s message to Britons gained momentum. His influence was especially apparent going into the Brexit debate, where his name became a hot coal thrown from hysterical leftists to right-wing pundits. This hot coal did not burn, but it did manage to illuminate a great many facts. Nigel Farage articulated the good of a vote to leave the European Union, while Tommy Robinson articulated the dangers of remaining. And the nation agreed with him.
Enter Rebel Media; February 2017. With shared views and objectives pertaining to free speech, anti-Neo-Marxism, and anti-Islamism, The Rebel gave Robinson—who by that time had already an audience at Oxford in 2014, household brand awareness, and over an hour on the BBC—a international platform. And it is quite a platform. Robinson’s June 3rd speech (following the May 22nd Manchester bombing), subtitled “Get these murderous scumbags off our streets,” garnered over 450,000 views on YouTube alone, and has been widely circulated on Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and even turned into GIF sets on Imgur.
In addition to helping Tommy Robinson’s message find a greater audience, The Rebel has also assisted him with his legal troubles. Arguably, were it not for The Rebel and its crowdfunding initiatives, Tommy Robinson would still be in jail for having tried to expose Islamic pedophiles in early May of this year.
Ezra Levant is back at it fighting fights and making money, and he has with him Tommy Robinson—one perhaps more outrageous than himself—and a team of punchy political activists, all keen on protecting a free, democratic, and multiracial West. Little Englanders and scrappy Canucks have taken on tyranny before, and its no fucking contest.