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J.J. McCullough

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John James “J.J.” McCullough [1] (born 1984) is a Canadian political commentator, vlogger, and cartoonist.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

McCullough was born and raised in Vancouver in 1984, and got his nickname when he was a baby.[2] His paternal ancestor is Scotch-Irishman Thomas McCullough, who immigrated to Canada from Northern Ireland in the 1820’s, and his mother is an immigrant from Holland.[3] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Simon Fraser University in 2008. [4]

Career[edit | edit source]

McCullough started appearing on TV and radio when he was 18. From 2012 to 2016, he did weekly appearances on CTV NewsTrue North Politics, and he was a commentator on Sun News from 2014 to 2015.[5] From 2010 to 2014, he was the only paid columnist at the Canadian version of the Huffington Post, writing biweekly political columns titled Media Bites. He has also written for the National Post, the Toronto Sun, CNN, Maclean’s, Foreign Policy, Loonie Politics, The Federalist, and Metro.[6] He is currently a columnist for the Washington Post and the National Review.[7]

In 2009, McCullough spent a year in Japan working as an English teacher. In 2016, he moved to Toronto for five months before moving back to Vancouver.[8]

For a dozen years, McCullough drew weekly editorial cartoons for a website called Filibuster. His work has been reprinted by publisher MacArthur & Company until 2012. From 2013 to 2015, he drew weekly cartoons for Medium.[9]

McCullough is the creator of the website The Canada Guide, an encyclopedic guide to the country, with information split into several categories, such as the basics, history, places, symbols, government, and culture. The website was designed and developed by Alex Rakic.[10]

McCullough also hosts an eponymous YouTube channel that currently has 75,000 subscribers. He uploads a new video every Saturday. Most of the videos are about politics and history, especially related to Canada and the United States, as well as different cultural elements, mostly food, objects, and flags.

Views[edit | edit source]

McCullough is a conservative. He is against the monarchy, and thinks of it as a “foreign institution with no relevance to Canadian culture or values” and “as a constitutional matter, it does not add anything of value to Canadian democracy, and doesn’t deliver the things it promises.”[11] He is also critical of official bilingualism, calling it “the worst dysfunction of Canadian democracy”. He argues that it creates a bilingual elite that dominate the country's political landscape, which he characterizes as a “linguistic aristocracy” that "preserves comfortable fantasies that everything they have was earned."[12][13]

Controversy[edit | edit source]

McCullough has attracted negative attention for his comments regarding Quebec and official bilingualism. His article for the Washington Post, “Why does ‘progressive’ Quebec have so many massacres?”, which was written after the mosque shooting in Quebec City, argues that the disproportionate number of mass shootings in Quebec are partially a product of the province’s “dark history of anti-Semitism, religious bigotry and pro-fascist sentiment.” As a response, members of the Quebec National Assembly unanimously denounce the article in a vote. Monique Pauzé, the person that introduced the motion to condemn the article, labeling it as “racist”.[14] [15]

McCullough has currently made three YouTube videos that specifically focus on English-French relations in Canada: “Dangerous opinions in Canada (my troubles with Quebec)”, “English Canada vs. French Canada – why we don’t get along”, and “Bilingualism in Canada is a SCAM”. All three videos have attracted considerable controversy as well, with each of them having a similar amount of likes and dislikes.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

McCullough is openly gay and is a vegetarian.[16]

References[edit | edit source]

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  1. McCullough, J.J. (August 5, 2017). "J.J. McCullough EXPOSED (your questions answered!)". YouTube.
  2. McCullough, J.J. "About- J.J. McCullough". JJMcCullough.
  3. McCullough, J.J. (July 29, 2017). "Who is J.J. McCullough? (plus: ask me anything)". YouTube.
  4. McCullough, J.J. "Canada Guide- About". The Canada Guide.
  5. McCullough, J.J. "Media - J.J. McCullough". J.J. McCullough.
  6. McCullough, J.J. "Articles - J.J. McCullough". J.J. McCullough.
  7. "J.J. McCullough - Twitter". Twitter.
  8. McCullough, J.J. (July 29, 2017). "Who is J.J. McCullough? (plus: ask me anything)". YouTube.
  9. McCullough, J.J. "Cartoons - J.J. McCullough". J.J. McCullough.
  10. McCullough, J.J. "About - The Canada Guide". The Canada Guide.
  11. McCullough, J.J. (June 2, 2018). "My opinions on politics (and other stuff). Answering your questions!". YouTube.
  12. McCullough, J.J. (March 17, 2014). ""Let Them Learn French": Canada's Bilingual Elite Hold All the Power". Huffington Post Canada.
  13. McCullough, J.J. (August 4, 2015). "J. J. McCullough: Bilingualism is the demand of Canada's linguistic aristocracy". National Post.
  14. Bergeron, Patrice (February 8, 2017). "Quebec legislature condemns Washington Post story that calls province most racist in Canada". The Star.
  15. "Bloc blasts opponent of bill criticizing "racist" WaPo article". CTV News Montreal. February 3, 2017.
  16. McCullough, J.J. "About - J.J. McCullough". J.J. McCullough.