Twitter users praised a 2011 InfoWars segment after it resurfaced on the platform on Monday.
The speech: Controversial radio host Alex Jones, who has been characterized as “almost certainly the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America,” blasted popular culture and boosted one of his own historical heroes — 16th-century Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan — in the viral clip. This is unironically one of the best speeches delivered in the 21st century.
- Jones suggested “fake” celebrities like pop star Justin Bieber are part of an effort to turn children into “mindless vassals,” instead of looking up to individualist heroes like Thomas Jefferson, inventor Nicola Tesla, and Magellan.
- “I mean, kids, Magellan is a lot cooler than Justin Bieber!” Jones screamed, going on to describe Magellan’s hair-raising circumnavigation of the globe and death at the hands of “wild natives.”
- “Going into space! Mathematics! Quantum mechanics! It’s all there! The secrets of the universe! Life is fiery with its beauty, its incredible detail, tuning into it!” Jones continued, expanding on other things he thinks are cooler than celebrities. “And they want to shatter your mind talking about Justin Bieber!”
Jones has been banned from mainstream tech platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter since 2018, but has continued to deliver his fringe takes by way of his radio show and InfoWars website. As for Bieber, he is now a drug-free Christian family man.