Yup, this isn’t fake news. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, commended Xiaxue in a tweet on 9 March for pointing out the “intellectually bankrupt virtue signalling” of American men.
So, what exactly did Xiaxue do?
She called an American man’s penis tiny on Twitter.
Ok, maybe that was a bit too much out of context.
Although Julian Assange only caught wind of what happened and tweeted about it on 9 March, the events actually took place last year, May 2017.
It began with a Twitter thread started by American author and activist Dan Arel, whose self-righteous Tweets with the likes of wanting to “punch all Nazis in the face” gained him a sizable following.
In May 2017, Arel was asked to provide evidence for accusing someone to be a rapist. To which, he replied:
“I believe victims of rape”.
Sounds noble, doesn’t it? The kind of stuff that his many ardent followers would love.
While it is important that we do understand that not all victims of rape might be able to provide irrefutable evidence for their suffering, it’s a slippery slope to simply “believe” all victims of rape.
We have come to a point in society where ordinary men are largely defenseless against women who accuse them of sexual harassment or assault.
Cases of false accusations that resulted in lengthy jailterms only to be discovered that the woman in question was lying have risen significantly in recent times, with such a culture.
Simply ‘believing’ victims of rape also undermines real victims of rape and their sufferings, as real cases would be diluted with false allegations.
Which is why, Xiaxue’s response was brilliant:
Ouch. That burn.
And Dan Arel responded with a tweet that sublimely highlighted himself as a contradictory hypocrite.
The response drew attention and praise worldwide, for pointing out a huge logical flaw prevalent in so many mainstream arguments on the issue.
And just recently, it drew the attention of Julian Assange.
Who is Julian Assange?
And why does it matter that he noticed Xiaxue’s tweet? Isn’t he just another celebrity?
Well, not quite. The man himself cuts quite a controversial figure, having rose to infamy in 2010 for releasing 500,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and 250,000 sensitive diplomatic cables.
He has been stuck in an Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition since 2012, as he is a wanted man for divulging all the secret files.
What makes his response significant, is that he too was accused of rape and molestation in 2010. The allegations have neither been proven true nor false.
Assange called Arel’s assertion “intellectually bankrupt virtue signalling”.
Or in layman’s terms, stupidly being self-righteous and politically correct.
Since Assange noticed her, Xiaxue has stated that she was “super happy to be retweeted by Assange”, and that she stood strongly by her response.
She mentioned that “I think nowadays due process is getting less and less for any sexual assault charges. Once the girl says it happened, everyone believes. Of course, not everyone is as extreme as this Dan idiot. But still, I have a son a brother and I think men deserve fairness too.”
Way to go!