Political commentator Steven Crowder announced he was going to “walk a mile in another’s shoes” by having a producer from his podcast “Louder with Crowder” kneel on his neck for nine minutes.
“Today I am going to test the theory and have my producer (and @GmorganJr) kneel on my neck for 9 minutes, live on concrete,” Crowder tweeted on Wednesday. “No tricks, no cuts. We need to walk a mile in another’s shoes… 10 AM ET.”
In the ensuing video, Crowder laid face down on the concrete with his hands restrained behind his back while a producer knelt on his neck for nine minutes, to simulate the conditions George Floyd endured when ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin forcibly restrained him prior to his death.
“I don’t want to do this, but the point is the drugs, the agitation, the actively resisting arrest, the three and a half times lethal dose of fentanyl matters,” Crowder said in the video. “I don’t expect this to be pleasant, but I think people need to see what it’s like with the closest to controlled conditions that we can recreate as far as body mass, weight, to see what it actually might be like if someone is not in an agitated, significantly overdosed state.”
The producer weighed in to show he was 195, reportedly two pounds over Chauvin’s weight at the time of the incident. As he knelt on the show’s host, Crowder complained of a shoulder injury that the position was agitating and was visibly uncomfortable.
When a co-host said Crowder sounded strained, he replied, “I’m not saying this is pleasant, I’m asking would this kill someone.” The video was viewed more than a million times and Crowder received plenty of backlash from Twitter.
“Since Steven Crowder thinks having his producer kneel on him like Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd proves something he must believe if one person doesn’t die from something the other couldn’t have either,” said anti-racism educator Tim Wise. “Cool theory bro. Do Ashli Babbitt next, ya know just to see what happens.”
Another replier chided, “I normally agree with some of your takes but re-enacting another person’s death for your internet following is pretty bad.”
“Steven Crowder is once again trending for being a racist piece of s**t,” captioned one commentator, who shared a video of Crowder being punched in the face.
Steven Crowder is once again trending for being a racist piece of shit.
So please enjoy this clip of Crowder being punched in the face by a union worker (who was acting in self-defense). pic.twitter.com/8g81ADOLgg
— KnowNothing (@KnowNothingTV) April 8, 2021