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Friendlyjordies is an Australian political commentator, stand-up comedian and YouTuber. His content often discusses contemporary Australian political issues, involving self-described “lowbrow humour”. Shanks’ YouTube channel, created in late 2013, has more than half a million subscribers. He has interviewed politicians including Jodi McKay, Tanya Plibersek, Kristina Keneally, Bill Shorten, Helen Dalton and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
|Net Worth||$1.2 million|
|Profession||YouTuber, Comedian, Political commentator|
Friendlyjordies who real name is Jordan Shanks was born on August 19, 1989 (age 32 years) in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and later studied international politics at the University of New South Wales. Prior to becoming a YouTuber, Shanks was a model, appearing in magazines and advertisements throughout Australia and Southeast Asia.
Shanks’ channel is primarily focused on comedy videos and political commentary, often in support of the Labor Party and critical of the Liberal Party. Early in his YouTube career, Shanks made paid videos for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, GetUp!, and Greenpeace, after approaching them and offering to promote their cause.
In 2016, he campaigned against the Sydney lockout laws. In 2020, he produced reviews of Australian cask wine. Shanks has interviewed and filmed videos with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. In July 2021, Shanks released an hour-long self-produced documentary entitled ‘Blood Water: the war for Australia’s water’, discussing floodplain harvesting in rural New South Wales and addressing allegations of corruption and mismanagement from local governments in the Riverina.
In 2019 and 2020, Shanks released multiple videos alleging that the New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian was one of the main people responsible for increasing the risk of bushfires and the destruction of the koala population in Australia. He created the Twitter hashtag #koalakiller, in reference to Berejiklian. On 10 June 2020, Shanks released an interview with New South Wales Opposition Leader Jodi McKay, discussing topics including the state and federal government’s response to the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season, including widespread deaths of animals.
In 2019, Friendlyjordies published a video covering businessman Clive Palmer who was running in the 2019 Australian federal election. There were existing allegations of financial irregularity in the liquidation of Palmer’s company Queensland Nickel and alleged failure to pay the company’s workers, which Shanks covered, alongside satirising Palmer’s behaviour and appearance. In response, Palmer threatened a defamation lawsuit, demanding A$500,000 and that Shanks cease making public statements about him.
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Friendlyjordies said he would not “capitulate” and released merchandise containing the statements in question. The episode gained global attention, with media and commentators noting that Palmer appeared to have created a Streisand effect. Other commentators said that Palmer’s legal threat was substantially similar to a SLAPP suit and that such threats had a ‘chilling effect on public interest reporting.
In 2020, The Daily Telegraph journalist Joe Hildebrand made a complaint to New South Wales police accusing Shanks of stalking and harassment. The police laid no charges.
In a political commentary video uploaded 29 June 2020, Shanks included an impersonation of Deputy Premier of New South Wales John Barilaro, which Barilaro described as “very offensive” and “full of racist undertones”. Shanks subsequently filmed a video inside an Airbnb rental property owned by Barilaro, accusing him of corruption and environmental vandalism.
In May 2021, Shanks published a letter sent by Barilaro in December of a threat to sue for defamation. In response, Shanks confronted Barilaro dressed as the video game character Luigi at a National Party event. Barilaro lodged defamation proceedings against Shanks on 27 May 2021. On the 8th of July, Shanks’ legal team responded by filing a truth defence, supported by an honest opinion defence for a subset of claims.
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In June 2021, Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker was arrested by officers from the Fixated Persons Unit and charged with two counts of stalking and intimidating Barilaro after Langker had approached Barilaro at a National Party event with Shanks and on another occasion. Langker’s lawyer Mark Davis contested the police’s accounts, and he denounced the timing of the arrest being soon after the defamation lawsuit commenced. He also criticised the use of the Fixated Persons Unit, a counter-terrorism unit set up in the wake of the Lindt Cafe siege.
Friendlyjordies net worth
What is Friendlyjordies net worth? Friendlyjordies net worth is estimated at around $1.2 million. His main source of income is from his career as a Comedian and YouTuber. However, in August 2021, it was revealed that Barilaro had been in contact with the Fixated Persons Unit regarding Shanks for at least six months prior to Langker’s arrest. This contradicted what Barilaro had earlier told Sky News Australia host Tom Connell, saying that he had not requested the Fixated Persons Unit become involved in the matter.