Right-wing comedian’s attempt to debunk Epstein’s suicide backfires

Last night, Steven Crowder live streamed an attempt to recreate Jeffrey Epsteins suicide. The right-wing comedian, who has spent months promoting the conspiracy theory that Epstein was actually murdered, claimed he was going to prove whether it was possible for the billionaire sex offender to kill himself in the manner alleged.

Crowder spent days hyping the episode, claiming that for his investigation, he was going to try to break my neck and was really sticking my neck out. He also said that his team had built a replica of the cell in which Epstein spent his final moments.

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In a promo, Crowder melodramatically claimed that he was going to try and fracture three bones in my neck and hang myself tonight live as you watch. He also filmed a tongue-in-cheek training video in which he pretended to strengthen his neck to prepare.

Reactions ran the gamut from supportive to worried to, well, encouraging, in a manner of speaking. Were all rooting for you to succeed, @AndroidPolitico tweeted.

A few hoping for Crowder to successfully disprove the conspiracy theory were reportedly suspended for violating Twitters rules.

In the end, the episode was nowhere close to the life-or-death situation advertised. Instead, it was basically just a quasi-entertaining publicity stunt. Crowder wore safety gear preventing him from getting harmed, based the threshold for suicide on questionable science, and his team did not, in fact, build anything resembling a jail cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center.

For the big moment, an announcer commentated as if it were a sporting event as Crowder pretend-hung himself with a rope that wasnt tied into a noose while wearing a protective neck brace and insultingly bad Evil Knievel costume. The wooden cell was decorated with a unicorn poster and a baby doll, among other ridiculous items.

Crowders goal was to create 55 kilograms of pressure on the neck, which he apparently believes is the amount of force required to break the neck bones Epstein did. The amount of force varies greatly and depends on individual characteristics.

According to UCSB Science Line, it can take as little as 25 pounds, or 11 kilograms, to fracture a small bone. Other physicians report that as little as 16 kilograms will snap thyroid and cricoid cartilage in the neck.

Over three attempts, the most pressure Crowder managed on his own was far short of 55 kilograms, but well above 11.

Presumably sensing that the episode was unbearably lame, during his third and final attempt, Crowder intentionally collapsed to the floor and asked a staff member to wheelbarrow me. Using this method, they finally succeeded at putting 62.9 kilograms of pressure on the rope.

Some of Crowders fans were impressed, but many were underwhelmed, particularly in light of the neck brace. Nice safety gear, coward,tweeted one. Another responded, It didnt seem like this went how they planned it :/

The simulation actually convinced some that Epsteins suicide was plausible.