The Media's Deafening Silence on the YouTube Shooter
A vegan animal rights activist doesn't fit the agenda.
For the first time in its history, gunshots rang out at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, on Tuesday. Three people had been hit and the shooter was dead, but the motive for the attack remained mysterious. Even so, gun-control barker Sen. Dianne Feinstein was quick to weigh in.
“Only in America is a shooter unleashing gunfire in an office building a common occurrence,” the California Democrat said in a statement. “Only in America are people evacuating the scene of a shooting with their hands on their heads is a familiar sight.”
Like fellow Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier, Feinstein mentioned nothing about the shooter. The old-line establishment media were expecting a Republican male, an NRA member with a MAGA hat out to take down Hillary voters. As it turned out, the shooter was a woman and not a right-wing conservative type at all. In fact, it wasn’t even close.
Her name is Nasim Najafi Aghdam and according to news reports, the 39-year-old moved with her family from Iran to California in 1996, when she was 17. According to her website, Aghdam, also known as Nasim Sabz, had YouTube channels in Farsi, Turkish, English, and one channel dedicated to hand art.
With her dark hair and prominent brows, Aghdam bore strong resemblance to Mexican Communist painter Frida Kahlo, but with the rather stunned expression of the first person in a 1950s science-fiction movie to see the flying saucer. Like Kahlo, Aghdam was fond of self-portraits, and she tarted up in gooey gowns, black ninja outfits, and tight leopard-skin gear. In a 2009 protest outside of the Camp Pendleton Marine base, Aghdam donned a black wig that left her looking like a cross between horror-movie hostess Elvira and Cher on a bad-hair day.
The Iranian immigrant styled herself as a “vegan bodybuilder” but her videos might all be titled “How do I Love Me, Let Me Count the Ways.” Nasim the narcissist prances around ranting about the evils of meat, preening for the camera and parodying celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj. Unlike Swift, Lady Nasim had little if any talent but her nightmarish videos may have been about more than self-parody.
Her site includes videos about the dangers of anal sex but Nasim didn’t say whether she had a bad experience with that activity, perhaps back in Iran. Likewise, she did not indicate what kind of sex she believed is healthy and clean. Other videos blast popular culture as decadent and tout the benefits of a vegan diet. Nasim believed “animal rights equal human rights,” not exactly a mainstream view.
In one video she reportedly appears in a hijab but from posts on the Interfaith Vegan Alliance site, where she appears as Nasim Sabz, she appears to be an adherent of the Bahai faith. That raises questions about her native Iran, an Islamic state that viciously persecutes the followers of Bahá’u’lláh, who claimed to be the messenger of God long after Mohammed. If Nasim Najafi Aghdam disagreed with Iran’s Islamist regime in any way, or has a beef with Islam itself, it does not emerge in her videos or blog posts.
“BE AWARE!” she explained in one post. “Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for personal short term profits” and fool simple minded people by “destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom.” But Nasim believed “there is no free speech in the real world” and “you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system.” And Nasim Najafi Aghdam makes it clear that she is the one being suppressed because YouTube restricted her videos.
To all but the willfully blind, Nasim Najafi Aghdam was a certifiable nut job and how she managed to procure a handgun remains unclear at this writing. A family member warned that she might do something violent, but as in the Parkland shooting that warning went unheeded.
So Nasim Aghdam drove up to San Bruno, walked into YouTube headquarters, and there shot and wounded two women and one man she didn’t even know and who doubtless had no responsibility for the repression of her videos. Then she shot herself to death.
Women don’t normally do that and even in California nothing quite like this had ever happened. Even so, the familiar pattern emerged from Dianne Feinstein.
For the California Democrat, the fault was not with the shooter, a deranged woman she did not even name. The problem was not with the disregarding of a clear warning or possible violation of gun laws. The problem was with America because, as Feinstein said, “Only in America is a shooter unleashing gunfire in an office building a common occurrence.”
The San Francisco Democrats, as Jeane Kirkpatrick observed, “always blame America first.” That holds true for a terrorist attack in Lebanon, a Communist insurgency in Central America, and even a shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno.