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Steven Blake Crowder (/ˈkrdər/) is a Canadian-American conservative political commentator, actor, and comedian.[1][2] He is the host of Louder with Crowder,[3] a late-night style comedic television show covering news, pop culture, and politics on BlazeTV. He is also a former contributor at Fox News, a former voice actor on the PBS Kids children's cartoon Arthur, and is frequently featured on The Glenn Beck Program and The Dana Show. A one hour podcast, also titled Louder with Crowder is uploaded to iTunes and Soundcloud once a week on Thursdays.

Steven Crowder
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Born
Steven Blake Crowder

ResidenceGreenfield Park, Quebec, Canada (formerly)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States, Canada[1]
OccupationActor, comedian, political commentator, radio personality
Years active1999–present
MovementConservatism
Spouse(s)Hilary Crowder (m. 2012)
YouTube information
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers 2015
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers 2017
Websitelouderwithcrowder.com

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Early life and careerEdit

Crowder was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and raised in a Christian household in Greenfield Park, Quebec.[citation needed] He describes himself as a pro-life Christian.[4] Early in his career, he worked as a voice actor for the character Alan "The Brain" Powers on the children's television series Arthur. He began performing stand-up comedy at age 17. He then acted in a number of films, including the role of Doug Moore in the 2009 movie To Save a Life. Later, he became a frequent guest as an opinion panelist on television news programs, first appearing on Fox News at the age of 21. From 2009 to 2012, Crowder worked for Fox News.[5] Crowder posts opinion and news videos, as well as political satire, to his YouTube channel, LouderWithCrowder, which has over 3 million subscribers.[6][7] The majority of the videos uploaded to the channel are clips from or full episodes of Louder with Crowder.

Political activityEdit

By 2009, Crowder regularly posted satirical videos on politically conservative media, including Pajamas Media[8] and later at Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood. Crowder served as the master of ceremonies at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference,[9] and generated some controversy with a rap video he premiered at CPAC 2012.[10] In 2010, Crowder described women who have premarital sex as "floozies."[11] In October 2012, Crowder's YouTube video parodying Lena Dunham's ad endorsing Barack Obama was mentioned in the conservative magazine The American Spectator.[12] In 2016, Crowder created a short video for the Conservative website Prager University in which he criticizes socialism as being little to no different than the Marxist ideology itself.[13]

December 2012 union protestEdit

In December 2012, Crowder and members of Americans for Prosperity were involved in an altercation at a demonstration in Michigan concerning the state's recently passed right-to-work law.[14] The incident began with an attempt by union activists to tear down the Americans for Prosperity tent, which was eventually successful. During the altercation, Crowder was punched several times by a union activist. Crowder posted an edited video of the incident to his YouTube channel that cut footage of the alleged assailant being pushed to the ground and getting back up, right before throwing the punches at Crowder. However, Fox News' broadcasts of the incident included footage of the man being pushed. The New York Times stated "The same footage also shows that Mr. Crowder had his hand on that man’s shoulder just before he tumbled to the ground, but, while the camera does not capture the whole sequence of events, it seems likely that the man was knocked to the ground as members of the two sides pushed against one other, not shoved down by Mr. Crowder."[15] Crowder later released an unedited copy of the video.[16]

An AFL–CIO spokesman, Eddie Vale, stated that the organization did not condone the tearing down of the Americans for Prosperity tent or the violence against Crowder and his group.[17]

In March 2013, Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III declined to press charges against anyone involved in the December 2012 altercation. According to Dunnings, his office was originally sent an edited version of the video of Crowder's altercation. However, upon reviewing the unedited version, the prosecutor's office decided not to pursue the case.[18] Dunnings stated that "It's pretty clear the person that they wanted to charge was acting in self-defense."[19]

After Fox NewsEdit

In October 2013 Fox News dropped Crowder. This was announced shortly after Crowder made negative statements about Fox News host Sean Hannity and about Fox News.[7] In 2017, the Louder with Crowder program became a daily program featured on Conservative Review's new streaming service, CRTV.

Change My Mind memeEdit

 
The Change My Mind meme taken from another view.

The 'Change My Mind' is an Internet meme that originated from a photograph of Crowder seated behind a sign that reads "Male Privilege is a myth / Change My Mind."[20][21][22] Crowder set up the table outside the campus of Texas Christian University and invited students walking by to change his mind on the subject, as part of a regular segment Crowder performs on his YouTube channel and podcast, where he sits at a table with a sign including the phrase "Change My Mind".[23] After Crowder uploaded it to his Twitter account on February 18, 2018, the photograph quickly became a means for others to change the signs about different situations.[24]

In June 2018, Complex rated the meme at 18 on their list of "The Best Memes of 2018 (so far)".[25]

Louder With CrowderEdit

Crowder created the first video for his YouTube channel Louder With Crowder on January 4th, 2009.[26] As of 2019, the YouTube channel has over 3.5 million subscribers. Many clips and a few full shows are available on the platform. His full shows are broadcast on BlazeTV formally "CRTV" via a yearly subscription. This is referred to as "Mug Club." Louder with Crowder features several special segments different from his "normal show." These segments include the popular "Change My Mind" which generated the meme mentioned above. In "Change My Mind," Crowder presents a viewpoint he holds on an issue and offers the opportunity for those who disagree with him to lay out a logical argument to change his mind. These have included "I'm Pro Life", "Build The Wall", "Kwanzaa Isn't Real", "America Is Superior", "I'm Pro Gun", "Hate Speech Isn't Real", "Socialism Is Evil", "Trump Is Not A Fascist", "There Are Only Two Genders", "'Rape Culture Is A Myth", and "Male Privilege Is A Myth." "Crowder Confronts" is a segment where Crowder confronts someone who has slandered, libeled him, or threatened him. Crowder's crew have also done segments where they go "undercover." This included one crew member going undercover and infiltrating an Antifa group prior to a Ben Shapiro event at the University of Utah. As well as undercover at an abortion clinic in Boulder, Colorado.

Personal lifeEdit

Crowder married his wife Hilary in August 2012, and wrote about the benefits of remaining abstinent prior to his marriage.[27]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2000–2001 Arthur Alan 'The Brain' Powers Voice
2000 Arthur's Perfect Christmas
2001 Two Summers Friend
2004 Arthur's Halloween Alan 'The Brain' Powers Voice
2005 3 Needles Depanneur Manager
2006 The Covenant Party Kid
2007 The Secret Classroom Boy
2008 Bend & Break Blake
The Velveteen Rabbit Baseball Boy #1
2009 To Save a Life Doug Moore
2017 A YouTube Carol Ebenezer YouTube

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Steven Crowder [@scrowder] (20 February 2014). "Allow me to clarify. I have dual-citizenship with the USA and Canada. I like the United States way, waaaay better" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Steven Crowder, conservative comedian, draws Prophet Muhammad on YouTube channel". Washington Times. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  3. ^ "Homepage » Louder with Crowder".
  4. ^ March 17, 2017. "Yes, I am a pro-life, Christian Conservative..." Twitter. Retrieved: March 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Dickson, Caitlin (3 November 2013). "The Unmaking of a Conservative Pundit". The Daily Beast.
  6. ^ "Popular comic to help raise funds for county GOP women". The Courier. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  7. ^ a b Dickson, Caitlin (2013-11-03). "The Unmaking of a Conservative Pundit". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  8. ^ "Pajamas TV Reporter Tracks Stimulus Spending". Hannity. Fox News. August 11, 2009.
  9. ^ "CPAC 2011: Schedule of events" (PDF). Conservative Political Action Conference. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2012.
  10. ^ Crowder, Steven (February 13, 2012). "Stop Lying and Let Racism Die". Huffington Post.
  11. ^ Dickson, Caitlin (2013-11-03). "The Unmaking of a Conservative Pundit". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  12. ^ Kaminsky, Ross (October 27, 2012). "Steven Crowder Wrecks Lena Dunham". American Spectator. Archived from the original on December 1, 2012.
  13. ^ PragerU (October 31, 2016). "Democratic Socialism is Still Socialism" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Wemple, Erik (December 11, 2012). "Fox News contributor attacked at Michigan union protest". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Mackey, Robert. "Selective Editing by Fox News Contributor Revealed by Fox News". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Fox News contributor releases unedited footage of fight at union rally". Fox News Channel. December 20, 2012.
  17. ^ McMorris-Santoro, Evan (December 11, 2012). "AFL–CIO: 'Of Course We Do Not Condone' Ripping Down Of AFP Tent In Michigan". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  18. ^ Wemple, Erik (March 8, 2013). "Fox News's Steven Crowder fistfight case: No charges". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  19. ^ "The Union Protester Who Punched Fox News Comedian Steven Crowder Was Acting in Self-Defense, Will Not Be Prosecuted".
  20. ^ "Man defending male privilege just became the intenet's newest photoshop battle". Rare. 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  21. ^ Studios, Mashable. "The 'Change My Mind' meme is revealing a lot about the internet's strongest beliefs". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  22. ^ "15 examples of the Change My Mind meme that show the Distracted Boyfriend has been usurped". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  23. ^ "Conservative comedian changes mind, will make scaled-down appearance at UI". News Gazette. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  24. ^ "Steven Crowder Made a Dumb 'Male Privilege' Sign that Got Parodied". The Daily Dot. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  25. ^ "The Best Memes of 2018 (So Far)". Complex. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  26. ^ StevenCrowder, GO TEAM ISRAEL! (featuring Obama's moobs), retrieved 2019-01-10
  27. ^ "Waiting till the wedding night—getting married the right way". Fox News. September 14, 2012.

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