Getting Louder with Crowder: The Man Behind the Campus Controversy

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Best known for his YouTube content, fiery rants, and “Change my Mind” sets, Steven Crowder has become an internet sensation to the conservative youth through his right-winged messages.

Crowder was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and raised in Quebec, Canada. He began his acting career as a voice actor on the popular kid’s TV show, Arthur. Crowder then shifted to comedy, where he did stand-up starting at 15 years old.

In 2009, Crowder was hired at Fox News, where he worked until 2013. Crowder reportedly criticized the network in a radio interview, which led to his termination.

Since his time at Fox, Crowder became an independent commentator, starting a YouTube channel and his own episodic series called “Louder with Crowder”, where he offers his take on current political issues from a conservative perspective. “Louder with Crowder” is now offered on CRTV for a $99 per year fee, with discounts for students and veterans.

His YouTube channel has caught fire recently, with over 2.6 million subscribers, and his most watched video has 17 million views. His most popular series is known as “Change my Mind”, in which he travels to college campuses or public forums, offers his opinion, usually controversial, and invites the general public to come and “change his mind” on the issue.

“Change my Mind” has been featured in many Texas-area schools and cities because Crowder is based in Dallas, Texas. He has visited TCU’s campus twice, and SMU’s multiple times as well.

Steven Crowder speaks with students about male privilege last February at TCU. Photo by Jack Wallace

Last February, Crowder’s take was that “Male Privilege is a Myth”, and was seen as very controversial on campus. TCU’s College Republicans invited the commentator to come to campus to speak, and many supporters and challengers provided some great insight.

This first installment also angered many left-leaning students on campus, citing that he was trying to stir up the campus and perhaps including “hate speech”. This is why this year’s show was so divisive on campus.

This last week, Crowder planned to attend TCU’s campus for another episode of “Change my Mind”. Unlike his previous visit, no campus organizations helped bring him to campus. Crowder set up on the public sidewalk in front of the TCU sign by the Sadler building because of his lack of a permit to officially be on campus. Being on public property, Crowder had no obligation to move despite many students’ protests.

Steven Crowder speaks to more students about the validity of rape culture on October 2nd, 2018. Photo by Jack Wallace.

His argument was that “Rape Culture is a Myth”. He made it clear that he was adamantly anti-rape and sexual assault, addressing that if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is proven guilty, he should be “castrated” and meet the full extent of the law if even the death penalty.

“Statistically, it doesn’t bear out,” Crowder said when he explained his position. “We charge rapists, we put them in jail, rape is a very rare crime, and I don’t believe we live in a culture that supports or condones rape, or tolerates it.”

Crowder cited FBI statistics that show rapists and sexual assaulters are put away and hated by society. Many students came up and argued with him over how he was not supporting rape victims and had a poor format for his show. When asking students which was a better format, he rarely received an answer.

“We’re having a dialogue,” Crowder said when explaining his reasoning behind his format. “Then millions of people will see the dialogue. Then they can judge for themselves who’s rationalized their position. This is not meant to be an argument.”

Overall, Steven Crowder is known for his large internet following, as the “Rape Culture is a Myth” already has 1.6 million views as of October 4th, 2018, which is just two days after he was at TCU.

Students on campus have been fiercely divided by Crowder’s presence, as many conservatives cite free speech, wanting a more diverse set of opinions, and agreeing with his positions. Many liberals on campus tend to say that Crowder was offensive, produced a too sensitive topic, and had a poor delivery method for his point.

Steven Crowder has gained ground in his internet crusade with one of the most conservative-leaning generations in Generation Z. His following has greatly grown from his beginnings and will continue his format despite others’ opinions.

Regardless of how many stand on the issue, Crowder has started a huge conversation at TCU, and through his content, can perhaps continue to create new dialogues.

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Jack is a sophomore Journalism major, Film, Television, Digital Media minor from Atlanta, GA. He enjoys photography, writing, and playing basketball with friends. Go Frogs!