Critics tore him a new one on social media. Was his larger point misunderstood, or did he really deserve the internet dragging he got hit with?
Eddie Bentley is an ‘Influencer’ in the UK who made some controversial statements that landed him in hot water.
For context, Bentley had been on an episode of the UK version of ‘The Apprentice’ in which he and some other contestants were trying to figure out when WWII first began, and the topic of what is and isn’t taught in school came up.
Bentley said: ‘It was a hard situation World War II, and I don’t want anyone to think I’m being disrespectful in that way whatsoever.
‘However I do stand by the point that it’s not as educational the way that we… there’s so many problems going on in the world at the moment, like Brexit that’s not taught in schools.’
Freddie Bentley went on: ‘Climate change, which is a situation that I think we should be aware of.
‘When I left school it hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t know anything about general life.’
He seems to have been TRYING to make the point that WWII is far enough removed in time from us that it is now more of an academic point to be generally understood, in the way we might understand, say, the Revolutionary War, or the war of 1812. They played significant roles in our history, but we don’t really feel as closely attached to the events anymore.
Other guests brought up the dizzying body-count of those who fought to beat back the Nazis.
“I totally get that, but I don’t think it need to be put in such a way to young children mentally, to their mental health, that ‘this many people died for you,’” he said. “My God, it’s so intense.”
The Gen Z influencer believes the past is best left in the past.
“I don’t think encouraging death or telling people how many died in a world war is going to help someone in the future,” he added.
How in the Sam Hill does he arrive at the conclusion that talking about WWII is somehow ‘encouraging death’?
Here he is defending what he said:
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FactsAreFacts!!!! My full GMB debate for those who have been jumping to the wrong conclusions!! Watch it in full before hiding behind your keyboard with abuse!!!! My point as per the interview is all about the right balance. I clearly state that I am not being disrespectful nor asking to stop teaching WW2 completely! My point is, it needs to be taught in moderation to promote mental health and focus on teaching young people real life skills and to prepare for current issues that are relevant to us such as how to get a mortgage, what are the real impact of Brexit and climate change for future generation! #GMB #mentalhealth #reallifeskills #standingupforbeterfuture Ps: vulgar abusive emails have been reported!!
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