Russian-British comedian dishes on why his woke-bashing rant resonated with millions: ‘Adults are afraid of children’

A Russian-British satirist and podcast host named Konstantin Kisin spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday about his viral speech that stood woke culture on its head because he dared to bluntly address a younger audience that had previously been coddled.

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Kisin says he has had virtually no blowback over the speech given at the Oxford Union Society. It has been viewed millions of times across the globe and is just about everywhere. He credits the popularity of his message with so many out there because he delivered an honest argument and spoke directly to young people who are treated as somehow fragile in today’s woke culture.

“We live in a society in which adults are afraid of children and young people in particular,” Kisin told Tucker Carlson in the interview.

“And so when you see somebody who is an adult talking to young people and being straight with them and saying, look if you care about certain issues in the world, if you care about climate change or racial injustice, whining and complaining is not going to fix that problem, we need young people to step up and actually work and build and create things… that is going to help solve all the problems of the future. I think that’s one of the reasons it’s gone so viral.”

While conservatives don’t for the most part agree with the premise of climate change and racial justice, many out there certainly appreciate the honesty and sincerity of the speech, including Tucker Carlson.

The speech took place during a debate this week. Kisin argued that woke culture has gone “too far” and has caused young individuals to “forget” that the only way to “improve the world” is through hard work and innovation. His words were very well received.

“We know that the way to improve the world is to work, is to create, is to build and the problem with woke culture is that it has trained too many young minds like yours to forget about that,” he told the young audience.

Kisin argued in front of the centuries-old debate society that while younger generations care more about climate change than others have in the past, they lack the motivation and work ethic to make headway concerning the issue. Instead, he asserts, they are victimized and “brainwashed” to believe that the only way to handle the problem is to “complain.”

“There is only one thing we can do in this country to stop climate change and that is to make scientific and technological breakthroughs that will create the clean energy that is not only clean but also cheap,” Kisin posited.

“The only thing wokeness has to offer in exchange is to brainwash bright young minds like you to believe that you are victims, to believe that you have no agency, to believe that what you must do to improve the world is to complain, is to protest, is to throw soup on paintings,” he pointedly stated in reference to anti-oil protesters who have thrown soup on priceless paintings and then glued themselves to walls.

Kisin believes that “wokeness” in society is “fundamentally anti-human.”

The narrative goes something like this. We are evil, particularly westerners, especially straight white men like you. But actually, all of us are evil, and we must be punished,” he remarked. “That’s why some of the solutions that we’re being offered to the issue of climate change don’t seem to make much sense.”

The comedian says he felt compelled to take a stand against the prevailing viewpoint on campus. He stated that although many young intellectuals have caved to a “woke” academic culture, “young people are persuadable” if presented with a rational argument.

“We’ve got to believe that young people are persuadable. We have to make rational arguments to them. That is, I think, the way to deal with many of these problems. We’ve got to challenge young people to step up and be better,” he commented to Carlson.

“I think we all have to embrace that approach,” Kisin added. “I think we’re not going to get anywhere by chastising people. We have to try and persuade them. We’ve got to remember, Tucker, they’re young minds. We were all young once and we were just as idiotic and stubborn and so sure of ourselves that we thought we knew everything. I think we’ve got to fight to change people’s minds. The way to do that is with rational argument and encouraging critical thinking, which is what I hope my speech has done.”

Kisin noted that the response to his speech has been “incredible” and he hasn’t “really received any negative feedback at all.”

“It’s been very, very positive,” he said. “I’m very grateful for that.”

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