Podcast Organizer Begs for Forgiveness After Ben Shapiro Makes a ‘Presence’ at Event

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A podcast organizer wants your forgiveness. Podcast Movement says it made a grave mistake and apologizes profusely.

The organizer is sorry, ashamed, and embarrassed. What happened? Did too many white people show up? Did they not play enough songs from female artists? No, it’s even worse. Ben Shapiro appeared near a booth briefly on Thursday at a PM-hosted convention.

What did he say? What did he do? Nothing and nothing. But his mere presence caused “harm,” says PM’s Twitter handle.

We had to embed the full tweet at risk someone wouldn’t believe our telling of the event:

“There’s no way around it: We agreed to sell The Daily Wire a first-time booth based on the company’s large presence in podcasting. The weight of that decision is now painfully clear. Shapiro is a co-founder. A drop-in, however unlikely, should have been considered a possibility,” the organizer explains.

“Those of you who called this ‘unacceptable’ are right. In 9 wonderful years growing and celebrating this medium, PM has made mistakes. The pain caused by this one will always stick with us. We promise that sponsors will be more carefully considered moving forward.”

How dare the guards allow someone with traditional conservative views inside the building?

The spark came after random Twitter users said that Shapiro makes them feel uncomfortable as women, people of color, and transgenders.

Most angry tweeters didn’t provide any hard proof that Shapiro made offensive remarks about their communities. However, we’ve deduced this could all be a ploy to discriminate against Shapiro because he’s not the most skillful rapper:

Or perhaps he is a danger to society. Maybe giving him a presence aside from his top-three rated podcast and industry-leading Facebook page is a risk too precarious for the blind eye.

The revelation has me worried on a personal level. Last summer, I interviewed Ben Shapiro on this very site about social media, the state of the country, the college system, the politicization of US institutions, his business, the White House, and values.

I would tell you to read it, but I wouldn’t want to harm anyone. Still, if you are in a stable position to where he can’t get to you, here’s the link:

Podcast Movement must now make up for allowing Shapiro to show his face. An apology and a lifetime ban aren’t enough.

So, I’ve compiled a list of podcasters to invite to the next event, cost-free, to show supporters that Podcast Movement does not allow political radicals at its convention:

— Jemele Hill

— Keith Olbermann

— Al Sharpton

— Elie Mystal

Yes, all four of them have podcasts. No, if you add them all up they don’t equal half of Shapiro’s listenership.

Here’s hoping the harm Ben Shapiro inflicted today wasn’t irreparable.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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  1. The Twatter thread is a pretty good read, it starts out with the insane left calling Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, a Nazi and a Fascist, and a lot of other stupid stuff… And then a huge number of people begin to brutally mock Podcast Movement for being such f#cking clueless assholes… and it goes on FOREVER… pretty funny stuff.

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