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Steven Blake Crowder (born July 7, 1987) is a Canadian-American conservative political commentator, actor, and comedian.[1][2] He is the host of Louder with Crowder,[3] a podcast covering news, pop culture, and politics, streamed on YouTube and Conservative Review's streaming service CRTV; at LouderWithCrowder.com, and on Facebook, SoundCloud, iTunes and terrestrial radio. He is also a former contributor at Fox News,[4] a regular guest on TheBlaze, 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.

Steven Crowder
Steven Crowder.jpg
Born Steven Blake Crowder
(1987-07-07) July 7, 1987 (age 31)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Citizenship United States, Canada[1]
Occupation Actor, comedian, political commentator, radio personality
Years active 1999–present
Movement Conservatism
Spouse(s) Hilary Crowder (m. 2012)
Steven Crowder
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers 2015
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers 2017

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Early life and careerEdit

Crowder was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan,[5] and raised in a Christian household in Greenfield Park, Quebec. 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 15. 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 2013, Crowder worked for Fox News, from which he lost his contract in 2013 soon after criticizing Fox News host Sean Hannity in a radio interview. Crowder posts opinion and news videos, as well as political satire, to his YouTube channel, StevenCrowder, which features over 2 million subscribers.[6][7]

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 October 2012, Crowder's YouTube video parodying Lena Dunham's ad endorsing Barack Obama was mentioned in the conservative magazine The American Spectator.[11] In 2016, Crowder created a short video for the Conservative website Prager University in which he criticizes democratic socialism.[12]

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.[13] 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."[14] Crowder later released an unedited copy of the video.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17] Dunnings stated that "It's pretty clear the person that they wanted to charge was acting in self-defense."[18]

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.[4] 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 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."[19][20][21] 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".[22] 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.[23]

In June 2018 Complex rated the meme at 18 on their list of "The Best Memes of 2018 (so far)".[24]

Notable uses
  • Soon after the original photo went viral, a student at Texas A&M University set up their own table with a sign that read "LAYNE'S IS BETTER THAN CANE'S / CHANGE MY MIND".[25]
  • At McGill University, the meme was altered by a student to say "McTavish could still be improved just a little bit / Change My Mind" and Crowder's face was replaced with the face of McGill's vice-chancellor, Suzanne Fortier. This alteration stems from the frustration of students about the continuous construction of McTavish Hall.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Crowder married his wife Hilary Crowder in August 2012, and wrote about the benefits of remaining abstinent prior to his marriage.[27] Crowder is a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA) and participates in martial arts competitions. He was a proponent for the legalization of MMA in New York.[28] Crowder is a Protestant and attends church weekly. [29]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role
2000–2001 Arthur Alan 'The Brain' Powers (voice)
2000 Arthur's Perfect Christmas Alan 'The Brain' Powers (voice)
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
2008 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. ^ a b "Exclusive–Fox News: Steven Crowder Attacking Hannity Confirms 'Decision to Part Company with Him'". Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Steven Crowder - Biographical Summaries of Notable People - MyHeritage". Biographical Summaries of Notable People. MyHeritage Ltd. Retrieved 29 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Popular comic to help raise funds for county GOP women". The Courier. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  7. ^ 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. ^ Kaminsky, Ross (October 27, 2012). "Steven Crowder Wrecks Lena Dunham". American Spectator. Archived from the original on December 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ PragerU (October 31, 2016). "Democratic Socialism is Still Socialism" – via YouTube. 
  13. ^ Wemple, Erik (December 11, 2012). "Fox News contributor attacked at Michigan union protest". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ Mackey, Robert. "Selective Editing by Fox News Contributor Revealed by Fox News". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Fox News contributor releases unedited footage of fight at union rally". Fox News Channel. December 20, 2012. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Wemple, Erik (March 8, 2013). "Fox News's Steven Crowder fistfight case: No charges". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Union Protester Who Punched Fox News Comedian Steven Crowder Was Acting in Self-Defense, Will Not Be Prosecuted". 
  19. ^ "Man defending male privilege just became the intenet's newest photoshop battle". Rare. 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  20. ^ Studios, Mashable. "The 'Change My Mind' meme is revealing a lot about the internet's strongest beliefs". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  21. ^ "15 examples of the Change My Mind meme that show the Distracted Boyfriend has been usurped". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  22. ^ "Conservative comedian changes mind, will make scaled-down appearance at UI". News Gazette. Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  23. ^ "Steven Crowder Made a Dumb 'Male Privilege' Sign that Got Parodied". The Daily Dot. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  24. ^ "The Best Memes of 2018 (So Far)". Complex. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  25. ^ "Change My Mind meme sweeps through College Station". KAGS. Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  26. ^ Zwolinski, Ava (2018-03-27). "Memes are best for roasting McGill administration: Change my mind | The McGill Tribune". The McGill Tribune. Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  27. ^ "Waiting till the wedding night—getting married the right way". Fox News. September 14, 2012. 
  28. ^ Crowder, Steven (March 19, 2012). "LEGALIZE MMA IN NY!!" – via YouTube. 
  29. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ7lHTcXdYI&t=1362s

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