'US Uncancelled' conservative conference cancels anti-Semitic speaker who called Judaism 'a lie'

'US Uncancelled' conservative conference cancels anti-Semitic speaker who called Judaism 'a lie'
CPAC has announced that online personality Young Pharaoh will no longer speak at the conservative conference.
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23 February, 2021
Young Pharaoh had been due to speak on a panel on Sunday. [Twitter]
Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) scrapped a speaker from its "American Uncalled" event after comments he made regarding Jews and Judaism came to light. 

Young Pharaoh was due to speak on a panel at this year’s CPAC event before it was announced on Monday that he was "cancelled" from the event.

It came after reports by Media Matters that the online personality had claimed that Judaism was "a complete lie" and "made up for political gain".

He has also previously attack conservative commentator Ben Shapiro for being Jewish.

"We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organisation. The individual will not be participating at our conference," wrote CPAC on Twitter.

The online personality was due to speak at a session on Sunday called "Please Check the Number and Dial Again: Doubt, Dysfunction, and the Price of Missed Opportunities".

Young Pharaoh describes himself on Twitter as a "Polymath/Philosopher/Artist" and is known for spreading conspiracy theories related to QAnon, Pizzagate, coronavirus, pedophiles and machines that change the weather.

It was false anti-Semitic claims he made about Jewish people - including that social media platforms are controlled by them - that was the reason for his expulsion from the event. 

In response to the news of his cancellation, Young Pharaoh tweeted, "$50,000 for the top #Jewish #Rabbi who can prove the validity of #Judaism".

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Young Pharaoh runs an online, unaccredited, university, which features lectures on a number of outlandish theories, such as "Did God write the Bible", "Is the flat earth theory is false [sic]" and "The Nation of Islam made a pact with the KKK in 1965 & is a Masonic organisation".

This year's CPAC will be headlined by former president Donald Trump, who will be joined by other speakers including former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, actor Jon Voight, former US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and Donald Trump Jr.

This follows claims that a popular US comedian made an "anti-Semitic" joke when criticising Israel's coronavirus vaccine programme.

Michael Che on SNL came under fire for a joke he made about the coronavirus vaccine rollout in Israel.

"Israel is reporting that they've vaccinated half of their population, and I'm gonna guess it's the Jewish half," Che said. 

The joke prompted a backlash, including from Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.

"Saturday's deeply offensive joke about Israel's COVID-19 vaccination process not only missed the mark, but crossed the line - basing the premise of the joke on factual inaccuracies and playing into an antisemitic trope in the process," he said.

Other Jewish groups praised Che and SNL for highlighting the treatment of the Palestinian people.

Jewish Voices for Peace, a Jewish advocacy group that seeks to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories, tweeted their support for Che.

"They say there’s a grain of truth to every joke, but this SNL one has 5 million - the 5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza who have yet to receive vaccines," it read.

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