By CCN: Stumbling across a headline like “Ben Shapiro self-destructs on camera” is not a rare sight on the internet. As perhaps the most conservative millennial conservative commentators, his aggressive debate style often incites rage in his political opponents. For once, though, Shapiro not only self-destructed in spectacular fashion – but to his credit – he actually admitted it.
Here’s the hilarious backstory.
Shapiro appeared on the BBC to promote his new book. Andrew Neil, a prominent UK conservative and an editor at the “The Spectator” – a right-wing publication – tried to interview him. A visibly-unhinged Shapiro incoherently railed at the “left”-wing Neil and stormed out of the interview in a fit of rage.
It’s hard not to smile at the “if you only knew how ridiculous that statement is” reply by Andrew Neil. He’s dealt with far more troublesome guests in the past.
Remember this classic interview with conspiracy theorist nut-job Alex Jones?
Ben Shapiro’s defensive attitude betrays that he was trying to look tough in what he mistakenly expected to be a liberal hornet nest.
That he was actually speaking to one of the world’s most respected conservative journalists and didn’t know was beyond shocking. Thus Andrew Neil got to deliver a delicious mic drop as Shapiro imploded and headed for the hills.
Mr. Neil isn’t wrong. US politics have become so polarizing that the dialogue has stopped. Both sides have dug trenches and merely hurl verbal abuse at one other.
It was fascinating to see how poorly Ben Shapiro fared when presented with a different political climate. He was undoubtedly a better host of PewDiePie’s meme review than a guest on BBC.
For someone whose reputation relies on self-confidence and the ability to win debates, it’s clear this was a PR disaster. GOP fanboys who worship him as a conservative Achilles will be disappointed to see Neil’s subtle arrows find his heel.
Andrew Neil gave Shapiro a prime opportunity to introduce himself to a right-leaning UK audience. Instead, the notoriously fickle British Conservatives saw only a petulant child.
Still, even this petulant child had the wisdom to own up to his folly, stunning many critics by tweeting out the following response.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.