Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext: Racism Is ‘Manufactured,’ Explains With Markers
Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext has shared a conspiracy theory-laden video in which he espouses dubious views about the Black Lives Matter movement and civil unrest in the U.S. following the killing of George Floyd. In the clip, the musician calls racism a "manufactured" media construct.
Using colorful markers, Vext invokes right-wing fringe beliefs involving billionaire investor George Soros, the Clintons, "antifa," paid protestors and the nation's media. As recently shown by the Anti-Defamation League, conspiracy theories surrounding Soros saw a surge following Floyd's death.
Watch Vext's video from Monday (June 8) down toward the bottom of this post.
During one part of the Bad Wolves vocalist's presentation, he claims Black Lives Matter demonstrations are being infiltrated by outsiders — whom he identifies as antifa — to sabotage the movement.
"You have antifa who is paid for by George Soros," Vext says in the clip. "These are highly trained, professional rioters and escalators. So they move in and disperse throughout all the different riots, right? And then The Clinton Foundation pumps money into promoting this stuff on social media."
President Trump bolstered far-right conspiracy theories about antifa in recent days, as The Washington Post reported. The paper described antifa as a "loosely knit movement that opposes fascism and racism."
Vext continues, "The same people who instigate the event, organize the protest and escalate the protest make money off the African-American community's outrage and further deplete the morality of the United States."
But perhaps the most shocking notion from the Bad Wolves singer is his insistence that racism doesn't exist in the first place. Pointing to his worldliness as a touring musician, the rocker holds that racial prejudice is fictitious.
"We have turned into this — citizens policing other citizens over a veil of racism that doesn't exist," Vext offers. "I'm African-American … I've grown up in this country and I have not experienced actual racism. I've spent 20 years traveling through 48 states and … 50 countries all over the world. We don't have a problem with race here."
He adds, "It's all manufactured."
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