Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America – A Case of the Emperor’s New Clothes? (2022) 

Although Louis Theroux has attempted to revitalise his career using the US political far-right as his subject, it is interesting to acknowledge the fact that he has appeared on Joe Rogan’s Podcast on more than one occasion! In other words, Louis Theroux has appeared on a platform often used by the far-right uncritical of its host or its content! Of course, another way of assessing ‘episode 1’ of what appears to be a new series – is that there is ‘an elephant in the room’ and no one dares to mention it! To understand these allusions, we must return to the beginning. Following in the wake of Donald Trump’s tenure as President of the United States during which the ‘shadow’ fascist State (which usually lurks in the background) made its presence obviously known by exerting its control of current events – Theroux’s documentary purported to investigate America’s contemporary far-right. This is to say, the documentary claims to be investigating the political descendants of Mussolini and Hitler – although the historical ‘right-wing’ of the French parliamentary system (at least before the execution of Louis XVI in 1793) – claimed to represent the political views of the aristocracy. What we end-up with in reality is a menagerie of internet ‘gamers’ – better known as internet ‘trolls’ – most of whom are either ‘non-White’ (and are ‘appropriating’ extremist White political culture) or so sickly in appearance and sluggish in intellectual machinations – that no White Supremacist group would dare to count them amongst their followers for fear of receiving accusations that they have ‘betrayed’ their Eurocentric cause and made their bed with the ideological enemy!  

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