The Magical Racial Transformation of CNN’s Evan Perez

Evan Perez Blackface

The leading form of public entertainment in the early 1830s was a theatrical genre called the Minstrel Show. These performances consisted of comic acts, dancing, speeches, and music that depicted people of African descent in a derogatory manner. The performers were usually white or light brown skinned, they painted their faces and bodies black and their lips bright pink to make them seem large and primate-like, and presented black people as dim-witted, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious, and oversexed.

This form of low-life humor gradually faded away after the civil war and was replaced with vaudeville variety acts, but it never completely disappeared. You can still find remnants of it in privileged college fraternities that specialize in breeding racial bigots the likes of governor Ralph Northam and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Over the past few years, blackface has made a comeback, but now, it is being used as a racial manipulation tool.

I am a white person of color
Image 1
: The leading progressive voices in art, politics, and the media wearing blackface and cashing in on a little racism and bigotry

CNN, one of the leading progressive networks, has taken the blackface concept a step further and has incorporated the old minstrel show into its regular programing. Just like with its historical ancestor, the contemporary CNN blackface routines consist of comic skits and lengthy ideological sermons that depict the American people as backwards, stupid, gullible, and incapable of distinguishing special interest agendas and paid foreign propaganda from fact. One of their leading performers is the prince of Russian collusion Evan Perez, the Belizean native, light brown skin reporter who—as the composite below illustrates—undergoes a mystical racial transformation just before the cameras start rolling.

Why is CNN doing this? One possible explanation is the need to check off the diversity box. But if that is the case, why go with a foreign actor? Why not just hire an American black reporter?

Evan Perez The Blackface Artist
Image 2: Evan Perez in real life and after his blackface studio prep

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification
The long, sordid history of Blackface – CNN Reality Check

Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

Need a Nazi for a Project, but Can’t Find One? Here’s How to Make One Up

the truth is the enemy

It can happen to anyone. You urgently need a Nazi to support some progressive narrative but alas, there are none to be found? No worries! With our award winning program you will no longer be inconvenienced by the volatile market inventory of authentic Nazis. Instead, you can continue to play the imaginary anti-fascist warrior and collect all the medals that you deserve. Here is our proven process to get you there:

  1. Get a large Nazi flag online
  2. Add Trump’s and Pence’s names to your flag
  3. Stand with your flag in front of some Trump supporters and have a colleague take a picture
  4. Wear a baseball cap and sunglass to avoid being identified through face recognition
  5. Upload the image to social media with a caption like: “I just came back from a walk in the park and you won’t believe what I saw—a Nazi Trump Supporter!!
  6. Sit back and enjoy the synthetic outrage

Fake Nazis
Image 1: Getting into position

Case in point for the effectiveness of this media stunt program is the Twitter account “Thunder Walks About”. On March 2, 2020, the account posted Image 1 showing a man holding a flag bearing a swastika and the names “Trump” and “Pence”. The accompanying read:

“Today I witnessed a bunch of trump supporters crashing a peaceful rally I was attending with my family. They were profane, disrespectful & crowded behind a nazi flag. Not one trumpster confronted him on his racism. They all stood behind him of course, showing their true selves”. 

On April 15, 2020, in a rally named Operation Gridlock, hundreds of Michiganders turned up in the state’s capital for a protest against the stay-at-home orders implemented by the governor. One of the viral but false images posted on-line about this event reused Image 1 claiming that it was taken during the Michigan rally.

Running video and linkage analysis on the “Thunder Walks About” account and Image 1 shows that it is affiliated with the Bernie 2020 PR team. The account is a collective that is used by several individuals who regularly repurpose on-line imagery and generate a large amount of progressive content and distribute it via SM platforms. Facebook and Twitter promote these materials, despite the fact that they are aware that the content has been manipulated and/or fake.

The Nazi Flag Event, The Where, Who, What, When, and Why?
The identification of Image 1 as taken on April 15, its location in Michigan, and the person holding the flag being a Nazi are all incorrect. The actual event in the image took place on March 2, 2020 and was a Bernie 2020 musical event. The location was Ann Morrison park in Boise, Idaho. The man holding the flag is a member of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign team. The purpose of this photo stunt was to deliberately pose in front of some Trump supporters in order to create a fake incident. As can be clearly seen in the Image 2, this individual—when not posing as a Nazi—was busy holding a Bernie 2020 sign and was also wearing an official Antifa-Bernie t-shirt.

One final note about false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves: the “Thunder Walks About” account uses a profile image that was stolen from one Aimée Goold, an ICU Nurse who works in the Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital, in East Retford, Nottinghamshire UK. I guess the rationale for this must have been that if you are in for a penny, you are in for a pound. If you are already counterfeiting Nazis, then why not also commit some identity theft and repurpose the image of an exhausted nurse for some extra sympathy.

Nazis Everywhere
Image 2: The Nazi protester linkage, related content sampling from “Thunder Walks About” account, and a sampling of Barbara Hermel Bach’s publications, one of the leading producers and distributers of these materials

The Thunder Walks About propaganda mill
Image 3: Sampling of some of the content produced by the “Thunder Walks About” propaganda mill. Close to 40% of the materials have racist/Nazi references

*** Update 04/20/2020 ***
Several media outlets continue to provide life support for the misidentification of the man holding the Nazi flag and the reason for its use at the March 2 Bernie Sanders rally in Boise, Idaho. In one article titled Don’t Get Fooled by Fake Photos of Coronavirus Lockdown Protests, Elizabeth Nolan Brown wrote:

The man holding the swastika flag also showed up at a rally in Arizona, where he was kicked out, shouted anti-Semitic slurs at people, and was subsequently reported on by Buzzfeed. He was identified as Robert Sterkeson, who describes himself as a “stunt activist” and the Anti-Defamation League describes as a white supremacist.

It does not seem that the man’s flag was meant to be a critical commentary on the Trump administration, as some have suggested, nor a false-flag operation to make Trump supporters look bad.”

Both of these claims are incorrect. The individual depicted in the photo is not Robert Sterkeson and the reason for him posing with the flag was to purposely create a false association between the Trump supporters and Nazis.

*** Update 04/22/2020 ***
Another illustration of an on-demand generation of progressive news content and the near real-time distribution of these materials. The person in the image wearing the blue medial scrubs is not a medical professional. He is a member of a coordinated stunt photography team. The team of three arrived to the photo-shoot together and departed together afterwards.

Barbara Hermel Bach and Thunder Walks About
Image 4
: Example of staged content generated the “Thunder Walks About”.

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification

Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.