Created and hosted by Natalie Wynn, the political YouTube channel began as a cult hit and now boasts nearly , subscribers, having recently garnered attention from mainstream outlets such as The New Yorker and The Economist , and from the podcast Chapo Trap House. The most spectacular attraction, though, is Wynn herself. While her primary persona is the eponymous Contra, she also plays a cast of visually and ideologically distinct characters. Or a submissive Wynn explaining the political theory of hypothetical consent while being whipped by a dominant Wynn. Or a fascist Wynn dog-whistling to an online audience while winning a debate against an academic-historian Wynn on a libertarian talk show—hosted by Wynn. The videos are consistently smart, surreal, and fun to watch. While Wynn positions herself on the left, she is no dogmatic ideologue, readily admitting to points on the right and criticizing leftist arguments when warranted.
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Paul Dedrick Gray April 8, — May 24, also known as the Pig or by his number 2 , was an American musician best known as the former bassist, backing vocalist, songwriter and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award -winning heavy metal band Slipknot. Later his family relocated to Des Moines , Iowa. He played guitar but switched to bass after he relocated to Iowa. In June , Gray crashed his car into another vehicle. After police were called to the scene and searched his car, Gray was arrested for possession of marijuana , cocaine and drug paraphernalia , as well as failure to obey a traffic signal. At the time of his death, he was one of three original members of Slipknot remaining in the band, and the only one who had maintained his original role in the band due to Clown 's switch from main drums to percussion during the early days. On June 21, , autopsy results were released that stated Gray had died of an overdose of morphine , and had also shown signs of "significant heart disease". Also found in the autopsy were traces of anti-anxiety pill Xanax, which Gray had a history of abusing. On the day after Gray's death, May 25, , the band, without their usual masks, held a formal press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. They did not take any questions from the media.
Nathan Jonas " Joey " Jordison born April 26, , is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the American heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the American horror punk band Murderdolls. Jordison played in Slipknot since their formation in until his departure from the band in December He was the drummer and founder of the American heavy metal band Scar the Martyr , which formed in and disbanded in He grew up in Waukee, Iowa with his parents and two sisters, and was given his first drum kit at the age of 8. He performed with many bands early in his career; then in the summer of , he joined the group The Pale Ones, which would later change their name to Slipknot. Of Slipknot's nine-member lineup, which lasted from —, Joey was the third to join the band. With Slipknot, Jordison performed on four studio albums, and produced the live album 9.