Getting interviewed by Alex Jones’s right-wing web site Infowars might not sound like a very good time, however somebody proved it is potential to have enjoyable with it. Dasha Nekrasova, an actor and podcast host, did simply that when an Infowars interviewer approached her at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, earlier this 12 months.
Dasha advised Teen Vogue she was there selling a movie. She needed to miss a speech from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and was ingesting an iced espresso when Ashton Whitty of Infowars approached her and started an interview that is earned Dasha the nickname “Sailor Socialism” resulting from her solutions and her outfit’s similarity to the cartoon character Sailor Moon.
When Ashton requested if she was fan of Sanders, Dasha mentioned sure and defined it was as a result of he is a socialist. Within the video, she giggled and requested if the interview was for Infowars, the right-wing web site that has infamously promoted provably false conspiracy theories concerning the Sandy Hook shooting, Pizzagate, Parkland survivor David Hogg, and different tales, however nonetheless managed to get White House press credentials.
Within the video, Dasha mentioned of Sanders, “I think he has a lot of integrity. I like his value system. I like what he stands for.” Requested which of Sanders’s values she likes, Dasha replied, “Eating the rich.”
The Infowars reporter then advised Dasha that Sanders lives in “three million-dollar homes.” Vainness Truthful reported in August 2016 that Sanders had purchased a $600,000 trip dwelling. The Motley Idiot reported in April 2016 that Sanders has two different houses: one in Washington, D.C., and one other in Vermont. His internet price was estimated at $800,000 in 2016 and The Independent reported he had an annual earnings of $205,000 previous to his 2016 presidential bid; TIME reported in June 2017 that he made greater than $1 million in 2016. Infowars used his wealth for example that “one-percenters” love socialism.
When Dasha requested if it was true that the rich love socialism, the reporter turned the dialog’s matter to Venezuela. As Open Democracy has documented, Venezuela’s socialist authorities has confronted huge protests courting again to April 2017; because the social and financial state of affairs has deteriorated within the nation, refugees are fleeing to neighboring Colombia. Ashton claimed a “majority of Venezuela is eating rats” whereas politicians are “drinking champagne on a daily basis.”
The collapse has created a severe starvation disaster, with experiences of zoo animals being stolen for meals, as The Guardian documented. Another Guardian report indicated that champagne remains to be out there for many who can afford it. (A Washington Post op-ed compares the state of affairs with that of socialist Bolivia, which has not suffered an identical disaster regardless of an identical upswing within the nation’s financial fortunes on a virtually parallel timeline to Venezuela.)
Requested whether or not or not she thought Sanders’s socialist insurance policies would result in People being pressured to eat rats, Dasha mentioned, “I just want people to have free healthcare, honey.” She added, “You people have, like, worms in your brains, honestly.”
When challenged that she may have healthcare with out socialism, Dasha reiterated, “I want people to have free healthcare.” Requested why it needs to be free, Dasha mentioned, “Because I think everyone has a right to healthcare.”
In an interview with Teen Vogue, Dasha defined what the interview was like. “Once I realized I used to be on Infowars, I used to be excited as a result of I figured they’d say one thing loopy and humorous,” she mentioned. “It wasn’t hard to ‘own’ Ashton because nothing she said made sense or even followed a logical train of thought. I was honestly stunned when she started talking about rats, so a lot of what’s happening with me in the video is sheer bewilderment.”
She additionally defined her “worms in your brains” remark: “When I said, ‘I just want people to have healthcare, honey,’ one of their reporters said off-camera, ‘That’s what Hugo Chavez said,'” Dasha mentioned. “And when I looked in their eyes, they seemed so sick and crazy, like they had parasites in their brain that were making them say all this stupid, confused sh*t.”
Dasha went on to share why she expressed her assist without spending a dime common healthcare, saying, “As an uninsured person, I feel personally victimized by the idea that anyone should be denied healthcare. Poor people shouldn’t get sick and die because they can’t afford to see a doctor, obviously,” she mentioned. She additionally made some extent to differentiate her socialist beliefs from mainstream liberalism.
“When Infowars posted the clip on YouTube, they titled it ‘Liberals Defend Socialism at Bernie Sanders Occasion,'” she mentioned. “It looks like there’s plenty of conservative confusion and conflation of ‘liberal’ and ‘leftist.’
“I’m a democratic socialist and a Bernie supporter and believe in things like wealth redistribution and socialized healthcare,” she mentioned. “I am not even an particularly political or radical individual — I learn Marx in faculty, which affirmed my views that capitalism is evil and liable for a lot of our social ills, which feels to me like widespread sense having skilled poverty.”
“I posted the video on my Twitter for posterity,” she mentioned, “and I thought it was funny [that] they took it down because they’re such failures.”
Teen Vogue has reached out to Infowars for touch upon this story.