A damning report by Cassandra Fairbanks about the neoliberal talking head and The Young Turks host reveals a depravity of character ostensibly alien to progressives.
Before he got to signal his virtue from the mountaintops of YouTube’s front page, Cenk Uygur expressed pro-rape views, championed sexual harassment, prostitution and human trafficking, and racist views of Native Americans.
In a now-deleted post from 2003, the progressive ideologue wrote about seeing and feeling up countless women while drunk at Mardi Gras.
“I had one of the best nights of my life at Mardi Gras. I kissed over 23 different women, saw and felt countless breasts, and was in a wonderful drunken stupor thanks to my friend John Daniels,” he said, referring to Jack Daniels whiskey.
Uygur’s obsession with sex transcended his own personal life, as he weighed in with sexual remarks about rapists in as recent as 2014.
During a broadcast of The Young Turks, Uygur talked about how a 29-year-old teacher who was charged for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old student should be excused for her crime, because she looked “hot.”
“I’m going to get in trouble here,” Uygur said on The Young Turks. “I denounce and reject myself for all of that, but she looks so young. She looks 24 at most in all her pictures.”
He said that a 15-year-old would be considered old enough to have sex with an adult “back in the day,” adding that if the student had been his own son or daughter, he wouldn’t want the teacher imprisoned because he has an “internal rule” about the age of consent inconsistent with the law.
It wouldn’t be the first time Uygur championed the cause of statutory rapists. In 2009, the TYT host shared similar remarks about a case in which the victim was 13-years-old, stating that the attractiveness of the teacher was “relevant” to whether it should be considered rape.
“For 99% of human history, if a woman of that attractiveness came to a 13-year-old boy who had gone past puberty and offered sexual relations to him — that would have been considered what they called back in the day FTW — for the win,” said Uygur, lending new meaning to the phrase, “How do you do, fellow kids?”
During the report, Uygur seized the opportunity to sexually objectify the female police officer interviewed by the news station. “The cop’s not bad either, how you doing Nadine? I’ve been a bad boy,” he quipped.
In her article, Fairbanks points out how Cenk Uygur has written candidly about his personal fetishes involving young people, explaining in depth how he gets “really turned on by the thought of an older woman and a younger woman hooking up.”
“The thought of the older woman seducing the young girl is a great thought,” he wrote in the now-deleted (but archived) post. “I just wish women would realize how cool bisexuality is (for women!) for the sake of us all.”
He partly explored his sexual fetish in real life during an eight day-long trip with The Young Yurks co-founder Dave Koller in 2005. In a diary-style article for the TYT website, Koller wrote about how he and Uygur encountered three teenage girls in a small Pennsylvania town, referring to them as “whores in training.”
The girls were between the ages of 14 to 16.
“In one small Pennsylvania town we stopped for gas, and while Cenk filled up I went to talk to these three girls who were walking down the road nearby. Turns out they were three teenage girls, whores in training, literally looking for boys to pick them up.
Cenk soon joined me and we discovered these three little spoiled brat bitch young American girls on their way to becoming abused porn actresses or dispensable property in a New York City prostitution ring. The girls live in a small town nearby, and were in this town visiting the grandma of one of them. They were around 14-16 and in a few more years will be pretty damn good looking, but not great.”
Koller says he asked the girls if any of them had sex, and judged from their reactions that one was possibly a virgin.
On that same trip, Koller and Uygur visited an Asian brothel.
“Except we missed a turn that we needed, so we had to go back onto a commercial road, and at the first place of business we saw with an Asian name, Cenk turned in, assuming it was a restaurant. Except it wasn’t – it was the other type of Asian establishment, and I don’t mean dry cleaners. I mean massage parlor. We couldn’t believe it. Of course we went in. We didn’t see the girls, and the price was high and we didn’t have time so we didn’t patronize, but I did squeeze the Madam’s ass on our way out.”
Further along in the road trip, Koller says both he and Uygur made sexual advances toward teenage girls with their parents present.
“Drive through Navajo country to Monument Valley, where the John Wayne films were shot. Cool fucking place. We hit on these two cute French teenagers while their parents were standing right next to them.”
In the exposé, Cassandra Fairbanks details further extent of Cenk Uygur’s views on women in general, workplace sexual harassment, and Native Americans.
It’s a far cry from the persona he masks himself with with in 2017.