Reply All: #126 Alex Jones Dramageddon
September 20, 2018 7:09 AM - Subscribe

We're back this week with a Yes Yes No. Alex takes PJ and Alex Blumberg through Alex Jones's visit to the Senate. And producer Anna Foley helps us unpack the scandal that's engulfed Beauty YouTube. Alex Jones tweet and Beautube tweet

In case you were curious (I was), this is what cut crease eye make-up looks like.
posted by gladly (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was thrilled that reply all ventured into beauty Youtube and needed Anna Foley to explain it!
posted by ellieBOA at 11:19 AM on September 20, 2018 [3 favorites]

If you're jonsing for more Jones, Behind the Bastards is 2/3 of the way through a pretty thorough piece about him.

As a solid "no" on pretty much everything mentioned in this ep, I enjoyed it.

I can't decide how to think about the Nike spin-off memes that seem to have filled the world. One one hand, it's probably good for the campaign itself, and I'm a fan of the campaign. On the other hand, part of me wonders if people are spoofing the ads because they disagree with the message, in which case I don't want any part in it. (Very few of my sarcastic tweets are about things I do respect.) On the third hand, agreeing with a giant corporation that I spent years campaigning against in the 90s because of their sweatshop use is strange and uncomfortable. I guess I'll just have to assume the best on everyone's part and worry about other things.

That beautube segment was fascinating. Like professional sports, model railroads, cooking shows, and body-building, it's not something I have the slightest interest in watching. But, (as in most of the other cases), I sure do enjoy hearing NPR-types tell me about it.
posted by eotvos at 12:00 PM on September 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

I've never heard Alex Jones before. I knew who he is and why he's been in the news, but I've never actually listened to his show. He is bananas. Plus, he made me feel like Marco Rubio was being treated unfairly, and I hated that feeling.

The beautube stuff was intriguing. And I completely get how younger kids would get expert-level at make-up watching that.
posted by gladly at 12:22 PM on September 20, 2018 [7 favorites]

The Beauty Youtube segment is the clearest example of "Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones" that I've ever seen.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 12:41 PM on September 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

It's always so weird for me to encounter people who are Extremely Online but not Extremely Politics Online like I am. Every time Reply All tackles the right/alt-right/whateverthefucknazis and at first they're all baffled and feeling the need to explain, it's like a trip into a parallel universe for me. Still though, this was a great, engaging episode and the Beautube stuff was fascinating.
posted by soren_lorensen at 1:16 PM on September 20, 2018 [5 favorites]

Plus, he made me feel like Marco Rubio was being treated unfairly, and I hated that feeling. -- I had this same reaction.

I'd never heard/seen a YouTube Apology Video before—that shit is amazing. Wow. It's like a parody of itself.
posted by radioamy at 1:49 PM on September 20, 2018 [2 favorites]

This was great but I missed breakmaster cylinder at the end. :(

*Favorite interplay:
"This documentary got 87 million views"
"mmhmm, just like the power broker"
posted by dinty_moore at 2:16 PM on September 21, 2018 [1 favorite]

For a while, Reply All has been really focused on Twitter memes of a certain genre. I think they've made a point a couple times lately of venturing into the internet that is more young and more female than their usual focus, and I appreciate that.

And listening to Alex Jones for the first time was... interesting.
posted by latkes at 7:27 AM on October 7, 2018 [3 favorites]

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