TORONTO, Ontario August 16, 2017 — Rebel Media’s co-founder Brian Lilley resigned from the Canadian news site, claiming the company’s ties to white supremacists. Lilley took to Facebook announcing his departure saying it was a long time coming.
“A long time coming. What may have started as a concern over the harsh tone taken on some subjects came to a head with this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia.”
“What anyone from The Rebel was doing at a so-called ‘unite the right’ rally that was really an anti-Semitic white power rally is beyond me.”
Lilley was responding to Rebel correspondent Faith Goldy who livestreamed the rally, and was also strongly criticizing the anti-Nazi counter-protesters.
Rebel Media’s founder Ezra Levant released a memo attempting to distance the company from the “alt-right,” saying the movement has now become racist, anti-Semitic and tolerated of neo-Nazism. Lilley went on to say:
“I was never enamoured by the ‘alt-right’, never saw the appeal but I take Ezra at his word when he describes his evolution. But just as he has evolved, just as The Rebel has evolved, so have I and the uncomfortable dance that I have been doing for some time now must come to an end.
Lilley said he originally helped start Rebel Media after Sun News went under because he felt there was a need for a conservative voice in Canadian media. But his decision to pull the plug came after watching Rebel move further and further away from its original mission in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, Lilley said.
In a video posted to Twitter after the incident, Goldy condemned the killing and denied being a white supremacist or neo-Nazi, but said she believes the west is currently undergoing a “rising in white racial consciousness.”
On Tuesday, veteran conservative commentator Barbara Kay also cut ties with the site over “contributors whose message and tactics have tarnished the Rebel brand.”
Lilley said he’s been getting a range of responses from people about the exit, with many people lauding the decision – while others criticize him for either taking too long, or claiming they don’t believe him.