Calls for Biden to Tell Zelensky to Free Coach Red Pill

Coach Red Pill proves that you’re never too old for your career as an e-celeb to really kick off bigly.

Nah, Coach never did anything nasty to me I don’t think. He talked a bit of shit, but who hasn’t? I’ve actually never talked shit about him.

And I do think it’s good work he’s done in the Ukraine. I don’t know why he thought he wasn’t going to end up in prison, and it seems like he could have done most of the same reporting from the Russian side of the line (it could have been interesting to be in Bakhmut anyway, no?), but he was brave to stay on the Kiev side.

And obviously, he should be freed. That goes without saying. He clearly did break Ukraine speech laws – there are zero speech protections for journalists in the Ukraine, no one is allowed to criticize Zelensky or the war, full stop (even in private conversation – it’s one of the only countries in the world that enforces speech laws against private communications). This makes these claims that “the Ukraine is a democracy” very tiresome, but I’m not going into all of that right now.

But who cares? Laws targeting journalists are fundamentally unjust and violate international law.

Biden should call for our “ally” the Ukraine to free Coach, and at least deport him to the US. He shouldn’t be in prison. The Ukraine is supposed to be a client state of the US, they don’t have any right to detain American citizens long term.


Elon Musk has reached out to both US President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart, Vladimir Zelensky, regarding the status of Gonzalo Lira, a US-Chilean journalist and critic of the Kiev government. Lira has been detained in Ukraine since the summer, prompting Musk’s engagement on the matter.

On Saturday, US political commenter Tucker Carlson published an interview on X (formerly Twitter) with Lira’s father, who said that his son is currently awaiting trial in Ukraine “because he was exercising his right of freedom of speech.”

According to Gonzalo Lira Senior, the staff of the local US embassy “haven’t done a thing” for the detained American passport holder, who is being defended by a court-appointed Ukrainian lawyer with no knowledge of the English language.

In his comment on the interview, Musk wondered how it was possible that “an American citizen is in prison in Ukraine after we sent over a $100 billion” to support Kiev amid its conflict with Russia.

“Is there more to this story than simply criticizing Zelensky? If that’s all it is, then we have serious problem here,” the SpaceX and Tesla CEO posted on X.

Carlson responded to the message by saying that the “crime” committed by Lira, who is an author of several novels and a filmmaker with Hollywood experience, was “saying unapproved things.”

I don’t know that he is actually a filmmaker with “Hollywood experience,” but okay.

Hashtag Free the Coach.