Meet Moon Man: The Alt-Right’s Racist Rap Sensation, Borrowed From 1980s McDonald’s Ads
The lunar racist’s popularity exploded in early 2015 when the synthetic rapper was discovered by members of 4chan and 8chan and their spin-offs. Like Moon Man, these popular imageboard communities had made a similar transition beyond irony as they joined up with old-school white nationalists who been congregating at the margins among supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul to form the new political movement known as the alt-right.
Moon Man’s fans began posting the clips all over YouTube and other sites and also creating their own, including ones featuring dialogues with other artificial voices as well as essay clips, including a series mocking the clickbait videos produced by Buzzfeed. They have created dedicated fan boards and devised multiple “mooniverses” featuring origin stories for the character.
As with many other rappers, Moon Man’s oeuvre also deals with political issues, including many of the same ones touched on by left-wing artists. As one would expect, Moon Man always takes the opposite side with as much or even more rhetorical vehemence.