Pastor Jesse Lee Peterson dubbed ‘Nazi sympathizer’ for his slogan DENYING that racism exists
Conservative pastor and radio host Jesse Lee Peterson is facing internet wrath after sporting a rather controversial t-shirt during an episode of his podcast. Peterson, who hosts “Fallen State TV” on YouTube, was interviewing rapper AWKWORD. The rapper took notice of her controversial clothing choice and took to Twitter on Friday, Jan. 28, to call Peterson a “Nazi sympathizer.” Her tweet prompted an immediate backlash against Peterson, with many slamming the host.
Although Peterson has yet to be “cancelled”, he joins a long list of conservative media figures who have been attacked online. Currently, Spotify is facing a major storm for keeping Joe Rogan on its platform, a move that has led musicians Joni Mitchell and Niel Young to boycott the streaming service. In late January, Dan Bongino was kicked out of YouTube over his conspiracy theories, leaving Rogan as one of the few still with access to a mainstream service.
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YouTube has yet to remove Peterson’s show and is unlikely to do so given that it has not aired conspiracy theories or false Covid-19 claims. His “Fallen State TV” show focuses more on debates with individuals who disagree with him, a gray area that YouTube has yet to rule on.
Peterson’s controversial t-shirt
New York rapper and political activist AWKWORD appeared on “Free State TV” a while back. It appears his episode has yet to air, as he walked out of the interview with Peterson after arguing with him over the host’s choice of clothes. In a clip shared by the rapper on Twitter, Peterson can be seen wearing a t-shirt with the text “Nothing like racism” and a link to his website.
The clip begins with Peterson asking AWKWORD for their support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and as the two argue, he says, “I’m just trying to learn.” He also asks AWKWORD if he supports white supremacy, which the rapper strongly denies before saying “this interview is over”. In the clip, AWKWORD doesn’t talk about Peterson’s shirt, but tweets, “A few weeks ago I went on the Jesse Lee Peterson show. He’s an older black man. “He’s also a Nazi sympathizer. (Look at his T-shirt!) I stayed there as long as I could, then I did what I had to do.”
A few weeks ago, I went on the Jesse Lee Peterson show.
He’s an older black man. Turns out he’s also a Nazi sympathizer. (Look at his T-shirt!)
I stayed there as long as I could, then I did what I had to do. pic.twitter.com/tp5Nmrtj8W
— AWKWORD (@AWKWORDrap) January 29, 2022
It led to reactions like “Man…I can’t even” and “Wow. This is one of the craziest things I’ve witnessed. Is this guy real? I mean he was “just trying to learn ‘Why did you leave?’ One person replied, “That shirt was your first sign to run.” Another commented: ‘Never heard of Jesse Lee Peterson but he reminds us that idiots exist in all races.’
wow. It’s one of the craziest things I’ve witnessed. Is this guy real? I mean he was “just trying to learn” why did you leave? 🤣🤣🤣
— Sari Beth Rosenberg (@saribethrose) January 29, 2022
This shirt was your first sign to run
— 𝐁𝐞𝐤𝐬 (@antifaoperative) January 29, 2022
This isn’t the first time Peterson has been linked to racism. Apparently, he once thanked God for slavery, and another time he said most black people “lack moral character.” In a 2003 book, he also wrote, “Black people see racism everywhere they look, even though by most accounts there really is very little racism left among white people… The sad truth is that the Black racism is far more prevalent today than white racism. .”
Despite a long history of association with the alt-right and extremism, Peterson continues to be an immensely popular figure for the right. Fox News’ Sean Hannity hailed the pastor as “the bravest and most outspoken critic of the liberal left and so-called ‘black leadership’ in America today.”