Far-right conservative pundit Ben Shapiro apparently couldn’t handle the pressure of being asked legitimate questions about his past, including bigoted and hateful remarks he’s made toward others.
The internet took note of his recent tantrum.
Shapiro, who appeared in a BBC interview with host Andrew Neil, was apparently caught off-guard when Neil asked him a question about abortion — namely, if the aggressive approach by the right in the U.S. would take us back to the “dark ages.”
Shapiro, rather than answering the question, accused Neil of anti-conservative bias, without realizing that Neil himself is a conservative.
“You purport to be an objective journalist, BBC purports to be an objective, down the middle network,” Shapiro said. “It obviously is not, it never has been. And you as a journalist are proceeding to call one side of the political aisle ignorant, barbaric, and sending us back to the dark ages, why don’t you just say you’re on the left.”
The right-wing commentator and editor-in-chief for the conservative site “The Daily Caller” later apologized on Twitter for his rant against Neil, writing that he didn’t do his research on the journalist before appearing with him in the interview.
Just pre-taped an interview with BBC’s @afneil. As I’m not familiar with him or his work, I misinterpreted his antagonism as political Leftism (he termed the pro-life position in America “barbaric”) – and that was apparently inaccurate. For that, I apologize.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 9, 2019
Shapiro’s tantrum quickly went viral on social media. Among those who took note of it was actor Alyssa Milano, who was quick to compare Shapiro’s meltdown to that of her seven-year-old child.
Hey, @benshapiro. This is what real journalism looks like outside of your slanted FOX news. You sound whinier than my seven year old when I tell him he can’t have another piece of candy. pic.twitter.com/PHnltldFNl
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 10, 2019
Milano pointed out to Shapiro, tagging him directly in her tweet, that “this is what real journalism looks like” outside of conservative media. She added that he sounded “whinier” than her child does “when I tell him he can’t have another piece of candy.”
During their interview, Neil had asked Shapiro to explain comments he had made in the past disparaging entire groups of people. He asked him to explain comments about Palestinians, for example, and requested that Shapiro explain a tweet in which the right-wing firebrand wrote, “Jews who vote for Obama are Jews in name only.”
Shapiro deflected several times, telling Neil “I hope you’re having fun by the way going through every old tweet I’ve ever sent to try to do gotcha-questions.”