Activist pours urine onto Rebel reporter's head
Rebel reporter Lauren Southern had a bottle of urine poured on her at a protest in Vancouver on Friday, March 4, 2016. (YouTube video screenshot)
Outspoken Rebel media reporter Lauren Southern, from Surrey, expected to get wet on a rainy Friday evening when she showed up to an "anti-fascism counter-protest" in front of The Railway Club on Dunsmuir Street in downtown Vancouver.
What she didn’t expect was to get soaked with a bottle of urine.
(Here she is hours before the incident.)
Pls no tread pic.twitter.com/vnjaYck2jC— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) March 4, 2016
Southern, 20, had stepped into a 25-person strong "counter-protest" to a cancelled event that was supposed to be held by Augustus Sol Invictus, a U.S. Senate hopeful running for the Libertarian party on a platform of less government involvement in people’s lives (he’s also a pagan who drank goat’s blood, among other things.)
The event was cancelled when Invictus couldn’t make it through customs at the Canadian border, and when the Railway Club, which were supposed to hold the event, was made aware of Invictus’ supposed beliefs, presumably by members of Vancouver’s Antifa group (VANANTIFA), which describes itself as “anti-fascist, anti-racist, all the time.”
Invictus spoke a few days earlier in Portland, where members of Rose City Antifa showed up in force, smashing his car and attacking him and one of his supporters.
Long story short, Southern, who’s never backed down from a good debate, began to question the viewpoints of the Vancouver protesters, largely members of Vancouver’s feminist and LGBTQ communities.
Southern, who also ran as a candidate in 2015 for The Libertarian Party of Canada, before having her candidacy suspended for challenging females at Vancouver’s SlutWalk event earlier in the summer, argued on Friday against the notion that there is a “rape culture” among Canadian men, and against the idea there are more than two genders.
That’s when things got, well, sticky. (Cut to 10:21 for the urine-soaking incident).
The perpetrator of the attack was briefly held at the scene by those in Southern’s camp, but was eventually let go.
Southern tried to make sense of the incident later on Twitter.
I was just assaulted in the streets for saying there are only two genders. Covered in piss lmao. 10/10 good day. pic.twitter.com/gsDG5fan9W— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) March 5, 2016
I hope you guys understand that this really isn't THAT bad. I can take showers and ignore tweets. Just exposing regressive nonsense.— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) March 5, 2016
Unfortunately this is not my fetish. I thought feminists were into consent??— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) March 5, 2016
The online reaction to the urine-soaking incident appeared to be two-sided, with some supporting Southern and others telling her she got what she deserved.
Southern later stated she will not pursue charges against the woman who assaulted her.