|Born||October 21, 1988|
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
|Residence||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Total views||7.6 million|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of July 28, 2018.|
Natalie Wynn Parrott (born 21 October 1988), known online as ContraPoints, is an American YouTube personality who specializes in comedic and educational videos about gender, race, politics, and social justice.
Content[edit | edit source]
ContraPoints started her channel to create content responding to the arguments of right-wing Youtubers, a user community that has greatly expanded in the late 2010s. Formerly a philosophy graduate student and instructor, some of her videos use philosophy, sociology, and personal experience to explain, and often counter, common alt-right, "classical liberal," and conservative talking points. Additionally, other videos on the channel relate to her experience as a trans person. ContraPoints videos often have a combative and humorous tone, containing dark or surreal humor, sarcasm, and sexuality. She often illustrates concepts by playing different characters, complete with elaborate costumes, who engage in heated debate.
Reception[edit | edit source]
ContraPoints videos have been praised for their clarity, their nuance, and their attention-grabbing sense of humor. Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs calls ContraPoints a "one-woman blitzkrieg against the YouTube right," describing her videos as "unlike anything I've ever seen ... She shows how debate should be done: not by giving an inch to poisonous ideas, but by bringing superior smarts, funnier jokes, and more elegant costumes to the fight." New York Magazine states, "The YouTube channel ContraPoints is very good. Regardless of the viewer’s interest or lack thereof in internet culture wars, YouTube Nazis, or any of the other wide-ranging subjects covered in its videos, they’re funny, bizarre, erudite, and compelling." Journalist Liza Featherstone recommends the channel as well, saying that ContraPoints does a "fabulous job" acknowledging her opponents' valid points while debunking weak arguments and revealing the influence of a sometimes-unacknowledged far-right political agenda.
References[edit | edit source]
- @ContraPoints (2018-07-19). "Alright, alright astrologers. October 21, 1988. 8:00 AM. Arlington, VA. Tell me about my soul" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Herrman, John (2017-08-03). For the New Far Right, YouTube Has Become the New Talk Radio." The New York Times Magazine (NYTimes.com). Retrieved 2018-07-17.
- Singal, Jesse (2017-10-30). "This YouTuber Is Figuring Out How to Counter the Alt-Right’s Dominance of the Site." New York (NYMag.com). Retrieved 2018-07-17.
- Kronfeld, Ezra (2018-05-08). "ContraPoints on YouTube, Social Justice, and Transphobic Feminists." Out Front. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
- Robinson, Nathan (2018-05-06). "God Bless ContraPoints." CurrentAffairs.org. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
- Featherstone, Liza (2018-06-07). "I Think My Friend Is a Jordan Peterson Fan. What Should I Do?" The Nation. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
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- ContraPoints YouTube channel.
- ContraPointsLive, a secondary YouTube channel for livestreams, debates, and other content.
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