American assemblage students person a brushed spot for charitable giving — adjacent erstwhile the recipient is the Taliban.
In his shocking caller video “Students Fund the Taliban,” New York filmmaker Ami Horowitz hits up the field of legendarily leftist schoolhouse University of California, Berkeley, with a humble pitch: rise wealth for the Taliban to perpetrate its attacks connected Americans.
“We’re raising wealth for the Taliban!” “Get your Taliban here,” Horowitz, 46, crows successful the revealing three-minute “gotcha” clip, canvassing for panic with the blitheness of idiosyncratic handing retired coupons for a sandwich shop.
The self-described “guerilla journalist” is champion known for his 2017 video “Stockholm Syndrome,” about societal unrest successful Sweden amid wide Islamic migration. He appeared connected “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and CNN to sermon the clip, which was besides referenced by Jimmy Kimmel connected that year’s Oscars telecast.
But Horowitz, laminitis of Disruptive Pictures, told The Post that adjacent helium didn’t deliberation helium could propulsion disconnected his latest stunt.
“Every clip I imagination up an thought for a caller video, I ever person the aforesaid speech with myself: ‘I’ve gone excessively far, this is excessively insane.’ There’s nary mode that radical volition judge the premise I’m going to contiguous them with,” said Horowitz, referencing a video he filmed connected the Yale campus, equipped with a petition to repeal the First Amendment, which galore students were each excessively blessed to sign. “I thought, ‘How tin I spell to a large American assemblage and inquire radical to springiness maine wealth for the Taliban, specifically to termination Americans? What beingness bash I person to beryllium successful to find American kids consenting to springiness maine wealth to termination Americans?’ But that’s precisely what we found.”
Indeed, the video reveals 1 pupil aft different inspired to instrumentality up the origin of the Taliban, which seized connected the disastrous US unit withdrawal from Afghanistan in August. “We’re Taliban 2.0 — we‘re kinder, gentler … not really” and “We privation to beryllium capable to bid our fighters to combat backmost against American interests,” were immoderate of the filmmaker’s appeals to passersby successful his straight-faced pitch.
Students caught connected camera enthuse, “That sounds great!” and “Appreciate what you’re doing” portion pledging anyplace from $5 to $50. One pupil adjacent professed his sympathies for Horowitz’s mission, declaring, “I would enactment for you.”
“That was 1 of the astir hard moments for me,” Horowitz said, noting however consenting the students — who walk up to $70,000 to be the prestigious schoolhouse — were to propulsion their wealth to terror. “This is astir apt 1 of the lone times wherever if idiosyncratic punched maine successful the face, I’d beryllium happy,” helium said, adding that that infinitesimal ne'er came. “Not a azygous idiosyncratic told maine to spell to hellhole oregon spell f – – k myself.”
In fact, helium said that the videos aren’t cherry-picked, and genuinely bespeak the attitudes of the radical helium meets.
“The bulk of radical who stopped and talked to maine decided they’d springiness maine wealth for this — to money the Taliban and circumstantial usage of proceeds to termination Americans, and onslaught backmost astatine America, and money a caller 9/11 connected the US homeland.”
The students’ overwhelming enactment adjacent near the video’s unit bewildered. The cameraman, a left-of-center San Franciscan, stopped Horowitz aft 30 minutes of shooting and took him aside: “Am I being punked close now? Are these actors?” helium asked the filmmaker, incapable to process what helium was seeing, and saying, “I don’t recognize what’s happening.”
The Northern California school, which is ranked 22nd connected the US News compilation of nationalist schools, has its ain professors to blasted for their self-hating impulses, said Horowitz.
“This is 1 of the champion schools successful the country. It’s implicit and full brainwashing coming from the professors — they’re preaching the ills of America time successful and time out.”
On YouTube, commenters were disgusted with students’ clueless attitudes. “What successful the hellhole they are teaching our children successful college?” said 1 commenter, portion different noted, “So overmuch for higher education. Needs to beryllium called indoctrination for present on.”
Horowitz agrees that the last effect is disturbing: “This is the astir chilling video I’ve ever shot.”