Friday, 01 November 2019 14:54

UK – Populist News Website Publishes Violent ‘Great Replacement’ Theory Article

UK populist and far-right news website Politicalite published an article by Bethany Helmsley which strongly pushes the ‘Great Replacement’ theory and made violent threats. This is UK’s media monitoring highlight for October.

This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of October, a monthly overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.

Politicalite UN African refugeesDate of publication: 21 October 2019

Media outlet: Politicalite, populist, far-right news website

Author: Bethany Helmsley


Headline: “WORLD GOVERNMENT: UN flies African ‘refugees’ into Germany”

Description of the anti-Muslim and xenophobic content: This article, which appeared on the far-right British news website Politicalite, reads like a conspiracy theory and uses many of the well-known far-right tropes such as the ‘Great Replacement’ theory. The author, Bethany Helmsley, claims that bodies such as the United Nations are intentionally sending refugees to Europe for insidious reasons: "What is this all about? Nothing less than the destruction of European civilisation and Christianity, to pave the way for a world government of an elite communist clique who will control the rootless, multi-cultural population which is too mixed up, degraded and brainwashed to resist their slavery.” Helmsley further states: "The Europeans must be broken by a huge influx of radically different and preferably low-IQ immigrants who will out-breed them and happily kill them.” The article is littered with serious xenophobic and racist claims, as well as anti-Muslim statements: "The communists fondly imagine that in the battle with Islam, they will win – but history tells us that Islamic brutality and savagery is greater even than that of communists.” The author, Bethany Helmsley, also writes for a blog called Spotting The Serpent’s Tail which recently published a post titled: “Diversity: strength or weakness? Brexit as a case-study.” In this blog post, she calls for the “cleansing” of those who make Britain multicultural. 

Politicalite has been reported on by the Get The Trolls Out! project in the past, as they have a strong populist stance. The platform has been quiet recently and seems to have gone through a re-branding. Helmsley is a new writer for the platform, and her piece is in line with more recent Politicalite pieces, which have become more extreme. The news site has been banned from Facebook and demonetised by Google and Paypal. 

Myth debunked: Throughout this article, the author uses far-right tropes and narratives, and relies on conspiracy theories to get her xenophobic and anti-Muslim position across. Particularly the ‘Great Replacement’ theory is prevalent in this piece. This trope originated in France and proponents of it “argue that white European populations are being deliberately replaced on an ethnic and cultural level through migration and the growth of minority communities.” The ‘Great Replacement’ theory is mainly focused on migrants from a Muslim background and is often cited when calling for deportation or limitations of these communities. The narrative has serious consequences; the perpetrator of the Christchurch terror attack on 15 March 2019 at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwoof Islam Centre left behind a manifesto that directly referenced the ‘Great Replacement’ theory. Helmsley’s statements very strongly resemble the ‘Great Replacement’ theory, using terminology like “out-breed” and “influx.” Moreover, her claims are extremely violent and hateful, dehumanising refugees coming to Europe. It is clear from her other work, on her blog Spotting The Serpent’s Tail, that she holds very extreme and dangerous views on this matter. Calling for the “cleansing” of those who strive to create a multicultural society can be seen as a call to violence, and could lead to very serious consequences. For her to be provided with a platform on a popular far-right site is extremely worrying, and the reach of her hateful and dangerous must not be underestimated.

More to read:

‘The Great Replacement’: The Violent Consequences of Mainstreamed Extremism

The 'white replacement theory' motivates alt-right killers the world over

The deadly myth of the “Great Replacement”

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