Russian-British comedian mocks wokeness in Oxford Union speech: ‘Trained young minds to forget’
Satirist and podcast host Konstantin Kisin has criticized waking culture, arguing that it has caused young people to “forget” that the way to “make the world a better place” and fight climate change is to work, to build and create.
During a debate at the Oxford Union Society, Kisin argued that waking culture has gone “too far”, noting early in his argument that he tries to speak to those “who have woken up” and are “open to rational arguments”. He started by saying that the younger generation cares more about climate change than any other generation.
Kisin argued that the future of the climate will be decided by “poor people in Asia and Latin America” because “they are poor”.
“There’s only one thing we can do in this country to stop climate change, and that’s to make scientific and technological breakthroughs that create clean energy that’s not only clean, but cheap,” Kisin said . “The only thing wakefulness offers in return is to brainwash bright young minds like you into believing you’re a victim, into believing you don’t have agency, into believing you need to complain to make the world a better protest is throwing soup at paintings.”
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Kisin was referring to anti-oil protesters hurling tomato soup at a painting by Vincent van Gogh in London’s National Gallery.
He argued that those on his side of the debate “are not on this side of the House because we don’t want to make the world a better place”.
“We know that the way to make the world a better place is to work, create, build, and the problem with waking culture is that it has taught a lot of young minds like you to forget that,” he concluded.
Several climate activists around the world have attempted to protest climate change by defacing famous works of art. Two German climate activists smashed mashed potatoes over Claude Monet’s Les Meules at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam in October.
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Kisin tweeted that he “didn’t hold back.”
His speech received a lot of praise on Twitter, including from former Mumford & Sons banjoist Winston Marshall.
“Yes,” Marshall wrote in a tweet that included Kisin’s speech.
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Sharing it again on Sunday, Kisin said more than 5 million people watched the speech across different platforms.
“Is it possible for the silent majority to understand?” he said.