The Friendlyjordies legal stoush is causing some unexpected collateral damage – at least one relationship, if this Reddit post is to be believed.
A 19-year-old Aussie took to the /relationship_advice subreddit for advice on how he and his girlfriend could reconcile their opinions on YouTuber Friendlyjordies (Jordan Shanks), who is currently facing a defamation lawsuit from NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.
Tensions between the YouTuber and the politician escalated this week after it emerged NSW Police arrested Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker on laws designed to target “lone wolf” extremists, a worrying turn of events no matter how you personally feel about Shanks’ brand of content.
“Girlfriend [19F] and I [19M] are having large political disagreements,” the post was titled.
In it, the Redditor described how he disagrees with how Shanks “went about publishing his less than serious media about the premiere”, but believes in “what he is exposing”.
“My partner is delegitimising my whole argument, solely because of the comedic aspect of his videos and how that ‘if he or you actually cared, you’d go about this the right way’, which means going to the media which Rupert Murdoch almost entirely owns and wants the Liberal National Party in power,” the Redditor claimed.
“She’s saying that if the news isn’t talking about it, then he isn’t corrupt.”
It’s worth pointing out here than Barilaro’s alleged wrongdoings are being reported by the mainstream media, and more often than not broken by it. However, last year the state’s corruption watchdog found that Barilaro’s pork-barrelling, while “lacking merit” and not reflecting a “desirable way to administer public funds”, was not corrupt or illegal.
It’s also worth pointing out that Friendlyjordies has whipped up a young audience into engaging with politics (or at the very least, the hyper-partisan political content FJ is doing).
“I’ve tried so hard to understand her side of the argument, but I can’t get over the fact that she’s defending everything about the system, even though she hates the police,” the Redditor continued.
“Am I crazy or is my line of thinking somewhat justified?”
The comments were a mix of (fairly solid) advice about political indifferences making some relationships incompatible, and a fight over the merits of Friendlyjordies himself. It’s all a bit tedious and defamatory to go into here, but you can have a look at the post yourself.
The most notable comment was from OP himself, who said he tried to get his girlfriend on side by showing her a couple videos, but that she “sided with Barilaro after not even watching five minutes”.
He also dropped this zinger, which might explain why he was having relationship problems in the first place: “It’s partially my fault because I’m fairly passionate about politics and have a hard time getting over different opinions.”
All’s well that ends well: the couple decided to break up after more than three years together.
“I have split up with my partner,” OP said in an update. “Not just for this, but for a number of reasons.”
Hopefully he can find someone who shares his interest in NSW state politics, and she can find someone who doesn’t force her to watch YouTube videos.
The original post has since been deleted, but you can view an archived version here.