Huffington Post’s Racist Article Was Written By A White Male To Expose Unethical Practices
Vivian Rampage HuffPost
(Last Updated On: April 18, 2017)

The article “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” caused quite a stir. It was supposedly written by a white female named Shelley Garland, a philosophy major studying at UTC who lived in South Africa. Except, Shelley Garland doesn’t actually exist.

The pseudonym behind one of the Huffington Post’s most controversial and explosive articles covering the topic of removing the ability to give white males voting power in South Africa was actually cooked up by a white male living in South Africa…a certain Nick Shannow.

The object of the ruse was to prove that mainstream media outlets are ethically bankrupt. The ruse was designed to expose the fact that mainstream media outlets will publish anything that fits within their agenda, and that they have no intention of being honest or fact-checking material, so long as  it toes the line. The ruse seemed successful in that endeavor.

The process of pulling off said ruse was outlined in an article on the Renegade Report, which detailed how Shannow pulled a fast one on the Huffington Post by pitching them an anti-white editorial that was too good to pass up. And it worked… the Huffington Post bit hook, line and sinker.

But the real kicker is that Nick Shannow doesn’t actually exist, either.

The name is a pen name attached to the real person behind the elaborate ruse. We don’t know who the real “Nick Shannow” puppeteer is, but he’s supposedly good friends with those working at the Renegade Report at Cliff Central.

According to Cliff Central’s Roman Cabanac, the real face behind the account is actually a “close” friend of his. Roman explained via e-mail that “Nick” was afraid of the blowback, so he doesn’t have a social media presence, nor does he wish to have his personal details outed. Roman explained in the e-mail…

“He sent it to numerous publications, all rejected it save for Huffington Post. The reason for doing so was to troll but also to see if journalistic standards failed in pursuit of ideological imperative.”

So why go through all this trouble and not bask in the 15 minutes of fame? Because according to Roman this whole exercise was about outlining the media’s agenda-driven narrative, where ideological directives are put ahead of basic ethical principles such as fact checking and citing proper sources.

The Renegade Report’s deep delve into the situation is still up for viewing on Cliff Central, complete with the e-mail exchanges between “Nick” and the Huffington Post. It goes through the process of how the article  was published on the popular mainstream media outlet.

The article first appeared on April 13th, 2017, and due to all the blowback it was defended a day later by Huffington Post South African editor-in-chief, Verashni Pillay. Pillay defended the piece under the assumption that Shelley Garland was real and that the article espousing racism against white males was legitimate. It was not.

After Pillay realized that it was a ruse, the article was deleted, and the defense of the racist piece was changed into an apology, as well as a brief discussion about the ethical standards and practices of the Huffington Post. This all happened over the course of just a couple of days. We covered the whole ordeal in an article outlining the events that triggered the controversy.

In the outreach e-mail, “Nick” wrote the letter to the Huffington Post as Shelley Garland, a copy of the e-mail shows that the initial pitch was essentially anti-Trump, anti-Brexit and anti-white. Instead of an automated message – one that usually tells you it could take up to a week to get back with you – the Huffington Post quickly wrote back saying…

“Thank you for your pitch, we would love to run a piece like that.”


“[…] Basically just send through your first piece, a profile photo and a bio when you’re ready. I’ve attached the blogger terms document and FAQ for your perusal.”

The Renegade Report details how the FAQ and blogger guidelines points out that pieces are not supposed to be objectionable and inaccurate, nor defamatory or inflammatory, it stats in section (3)…

“[the blog post] is not objectionable, inaccurate or inflammatory; is not obscene, defamatory, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, […] is not otherwise against the interests of Huffington Post or our users as a whole.”

And yet the piece was specifically designed to be racially charged to offend white males.

But “Nick” did this on purpose. In fact, in an e-mail shared with the Renegade Report, he explains…

“Recently the Huffington Post published a blog post (which has gone viral) by Shelley Garland, an MA philosophy student and self-styled activist and feminist, on whether it is time to deny white men around the globe the vote, and at the same time redistribute their assets globally. There was some speculation on social media that Garland, who claims to not be a fan of South Africa’s ‘rainbow politics’ and is thinking of ways to smash the patriarchy, was not real. Those who thought that Garland is not real were correct. For she is a pseudonym used by myself, a white South African male, to show that one can write absurd racist and sexist hogwash, as long as the target is the right one.”

It’s essentially “MovieBob” Chipman’s maxim of “No bad tactics, only bad targets”.

“Nick” explains that he shopped the piece around to a couple of outlets, and to the credit of Branko Brikic from the Daily Maverick, he saw through the ruse and refused to deal with the article. The Huffington Post, however, was not above such lowly machinations to spur racial tensions.

According to “Nick”…

“The piece was accepted without question by the Huffington Post even though – as others have pointed out on social media and elsewhere – the piece is riddled with factual errors, logical fallacies, and is not something that an MA student could possible write.”


“[…] Huffington Post did not fact check any of my ludicrous claims in the article, nor, as far as I can tell, was the piece edited. After the piece was published I saw that I had entered one of the hyperlinks wrong for one of my ‘sources’, and this had clearly not been check.”

“Nick” sums up the experiences as something akin to the Sokal Affair, stating that if it looks good and sounds good from an ideological perspective, then it’s a-okay in the eyes of the media.

He ends the letter by writing…

“Let this be a lesson to publications like the Huffington Post (and others) to fact check articles, thoroughly investigate contributors (especially those sending through unsolicited work), and not publish absolute poppycock, just because it fits into a certain ideological narrative.”

We’ve seen this kind of mentality from the media, especially since 2014 where they fabricated lies and published half-truths about #GamerGate, claiming it was a harassment campaign and a movement about misogyny, when in reality it was about the very topic that this article is about: ethics in media journalism.

#GamerGate rightfully spotted out how ideological biases led many journalists to abandoning proper ethical protocols, giving their friends a platform to spout their political ideologies, as well as promoting games that also adhered to those same ideologies. Many of these journalists did so without disclosure, and then attacked their own audience when it was brought to their attention. #GamerGate went over their heads and contacted advertisers and the FTC in an attempt to get things sorted and for ethical standards to be enforced.

Nevertheless, this is an ideological disease spread far and wide throughout media journalism, and the lack of fact-checking and disclosure is just a symptom of a much larger agenda-driven problem, as evidenced in the fact that the Huffington Post was willing to post a racist, sexist propaganda piece even when it clearly went against the South African’s Constitutional standards set in place for media outlets to abide by.

What’s scarier yet, is that if “Nick” and others hadn’t pointed out that Shelley Garland wasn’t real and the whole thing was a ruse, it seems unlikely that the article would have been removed from the Huffington Post.

I did reach out multiple times for comment from the Huffington Post’s South African staff, but they mentioned it could take up to a week for them to address the questions.

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Billy has been rustling Jimmies for years covering video games, technology and digital trends within the electronics entertainment space. The GJP cried and their tears became his milkshake. Need to get in touch? Try the Contact Page.

  • ronin4life

    I bet ‘Nick’ is actually this Roman guy rather than an individual person who just happens to be his friend lol.

  • anopolis

    seems the huffington post has spent to much time around paint and small rooms sans proper ventilation. It warms my heart to see them get played in such a manner.

  • SevTheBear

    These people stops a nothing. Not even for the most racist and dumb ideas

  • First they publish it, then they delete it, then they defend it, then the mastermind comes out saying, “yeah, you guys are fucking idiots”. For shame, Huffington Post – I’m disgusted at how hungry and eager you are to push nonsense to advance your agenda.

  • bell02

    Thank you for this information, i should email their advertisment company about this! I really wonder who gives these guys money.

  • Disqusted

    Not hard to expose unethical practices. Just make up shit that SJWs want to believe, and the mainstream will pick it up and report it as fact. The problem is people believe it and don’t realize or even care that it’s unethical.

    The hard part is probably getting people to care about ethics in an ultra hyper super corrupt society that celebrates and worships assholes.

  • S0ldier

    Hey, one off-topic question. Billy D, why is an artwork from For Honor the background of your site? It’s a full-blown SJW game. Female, black Vikings and Samurai smell of fucking cultural Marxism. Devs are trying to push the delusion that every gender, every race is the same and acts the same.
    The rest of the site seems to be anti-SJW, so this image, which is always visible when browsing it (!), sticks out like a sore thumb.

    • Well, here’s the thing… before the game came out I thought it was super awesome. And so it was chosen as a background because it compliments the blue/silver/white color scheme nicely.

      Little did I know that Ubisoft was using it as a vehicle for SJWism, though.

      I’ve been looking for another good replacement, but there aren’t many out there that’s as cool or as bold as For Honor.

      Also, I didn’t know they had black Vikings in For Honor? I’ve literally never seen them.

      I didn’t think Apollyon was that bad as a villain, to be honest. You have to admit that taking a woman’s natural maternal instincts and using it as a hoist to foster and nurture war like a child was kind of cool, as far as storytelling was concerned (for a villain anyway). But they had a lot of other typical SJW stuff thrown in there that was also pretty dumb.

      • Disqusted

        Sucks having everything invaded by SJW bullshit. At least with Japanese imports you don’t have to worry as much.

      • S0ldier

        Thanks for the explanation.

      • bell02

        There need to be a system, maybe in a review, that labled a game as SJW-Propaganda. A little symbol or something. THis would make live much easier!

        • Yes… yes it would.

      • Mr.Towel

        Suggestion. Wouldn’t The Witcher or Ni-Oh be similarly awesome but without the SJW bag?

    • Disqusted

      Huh. Never noticed. Also have no idea what For Honor is.

      • S0ldier

        It’s a third-person, mainly multiplayer PvP (it has a SP campaign, but it’s lackluster) fighting game, where three factions, Vikings, Samurai and Knights, clash. I browse only a few gaming news sites and it was really hard to not hear about it. It was overhyped and strongly advertised long before the release.

  • DDD-kun

    Sandy Beaches, the sequel.

    • GodBowser

      I was just going to say how this reminded me of that but you got there before me but anyway how could the femtards at The Mary Fail fall for a name like that

      • Mr.Towel

        I laughed so much at that!

        But I guess the expression “someone has sand in their vagina”, “sandy bitches”, “salty bitches” is more of a male thing that most Mary Sues wouldn’t even know was a thing. And if they knew, they would probably say it’s incredibly sexist and chauvinistic.

        These people are denser than lead.

  • Bamf

    I imagine the Huffington Post news crew is the real-life equivalent of the cast of “Girls.”

    Sorry for that image.

  • John27

    The Huffington Post is a Marxist propaganda site. The only thing that matters to them is promoting the left’s agenda. The subject of journalistic ethics does not even register on their radar screen.
    The thing with Marxists now is they’ve replaced class warfare with race warfare. Normal white men are the new bourgeoisie. Asking Huffpost to write a fair piece about white men would be the equivalent of asking Joseph Goebbels to write a fair piece about jews.

    • EroBotan

      I still can’t understand how come these huffington marxist can hate their own race this much. I do have some complaints about my race but overall i’m still proud of it.

      • John27

        The left switched to race warfare because after decades of pushing it class warfare just wasn’t working for them. Obviously they’ve had more success with the latter, but I suspect the blowback is just beginning.

        • EroBotan

          can’t wait for the blowback!

      • Andrew_M_Swallow

        It was not just ‘white’ but ‘white MEN’ they were denying the vote. The editorial team at Huffinton Post (USA) are all women so the South African team may be as well. Women banning men is sex war.

        • EroBotan

          white women is so troublesome x__X

      • anopolis

        i’ve never been proud of my race…the concept is silly to me…my whiteness isn’t an accomplishment isn’t anything i’ve done…or worked for…to be a proud “whatever” man seems inane to me..i didn’t do it, i had literally nothing to do with it..i can out of some white ladys whohaw…my race is full of morons..sjws whatnot….but proud???? nah! proud of my sense of humor…my action figure skillz at pleasing the ladies..( with my humor not much else )…but me being white??..not so much and lemmie tell pretty white. my legs once blinded four grown men and three children.

        • RichardGristle

          The problem is that the far left has made it taboo to be happy about being White. You don’t need to have pride in a “GAS THE KIKES, RACE WAR NOW” kind of way, and you don’t even need to think of pride as something that random people did and you’re “picking up the mantle” for.

          Instead just see it as being happy with yourself, the things that led to your circumstances, and your lineage. Life is hard and your family survived. That strength is in your blood.

          • anopolis

            i see what you’re saying, I do. but….theres no pride there. happy that i’m white? yea, I guess..its all i’ve ever known. Were i born black? i’d be happy to be black..or mexican…whatever….its All i know, its like being “proud” im a man. happy to be a dude? yeah sure, again its all i’ve ever known..that and I don’t bleed outta my junk for a week every damn month! can’t open jars of anything, and can’t reach shelves. much happier to be a dude than white….being a girl seems tough. that shit would suck…AND..i come with a bad-ass fun toy i can play with…never gets old…

        • EroBotan

          You’re half right, which means that you’re also half wrong.

          You see, if you whites were proud about your race in the 1st place then this whole “self hating self genocide” SJWs won’t happen. And my anime games that i love won’t be butchered, censored, and banned by those SJW scum!

          A lot of white people decide that they don’t deserve to live is exactly because they lack sense of pride. Which is ridiculous since white race contributes tons of advancement in this world like computer, iron ship, plane, telephone, electricity, cars, clothing (everyone these days wear western clothing instead of their traditional clothing), movies, etc.

  • Mr.Towel

    Sokal Affair is a description right on point.

    Shame it won’t be as infamous.

  • Gorgon

    In other words, HuppPo doesn’t even know who the fuck is writing articles for them, whether anything in these articles is true and it never even occurs to them to check fucking anything at all. This is beyond laughable.

    • Disqusted

      I keep hearing modern journalists don’t actually do any research anymore, they just all copy the same one friend’s bullshit that they made up on Twitter or some shit. I hear science/academia is the same, they make shit up and then cite themselves until people accept it as fact. These methods are apparently effective at raking in big bux.

  • The Huffington Post really is one shit-stain of a news outlet aren’t they?

    I remember reading that they’re losing money. Which if it’s the case, then good.