Ben Shapiro looks irritated standing at a podium.

Please Enjoy Watching a College Student Call Ben Shapiro a ‘Bozo’ to His Face

Ben Shapiro visited the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) earlier this week to give a lengthy talk denying the existence of transgender people. You’d think a grown man would have better things to do with his time but apparently not. Fortunately, there was at least one attendee ready and willing to tell Ben Shapiro that his obsession with trans people and his narrow-minded and ultimately unscientific view of gender makes him look like an absolute clown.

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When Shapiro opened things up to questions from the audience, one student said that speaking as a mathematician and physicist, they feel qualified to tell Shapiro that he has no idea what he’s talking about. The student, Quentin Merritt, listed off the ways in which Shapiro’s speech was baseless, from citing an outdated version of the DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders) to relying solely on a “Western colonial framework of gender.”

The two went back and for for a minute before Merritt told Shapiro, “You sound like a bozo, bro,” adding, “And you can’t get no pussy and can’t even get your wife wet bro, so what’s good?”

As a reminder, that slam was a reference to the time Ben Shapiro tried to defend his criticism of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song “WAP” by sharing this spectacular self-own:

https://twitter.com/AliciaSmith987/status/1514178488869269506

On Instagram, Merritt expounded on the experience of attending a Ben Shaprio event, starting with someone in the audience yelling that they “hate minorities” and being met with apparently zero pushback from other attendees.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CcPN_rhl_mU/

I’m not looking forward to what is likely to be an exhausting media cycle dissecting what this exchange meant in regard to the decline of “civility” or whatever, but for now, let’s just enjoy Ben Shapiro being called out for his bozo behavior.

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