Who Is Alex Stein?

Some may know of Highland Park High School alumnus Alex Stein from his appearance on The Glass House reality show, which debuted on ABC in 2012.

In it, contestants lived together and competed in activities viewers helped pick. 

In the show’s first episode, Stein asked, “America, should I turn into the most epic villain in the history of reality TV?” and shared his game plan. 

 “Nobody in this house is going to do what I do because I got no shame, and I got no fear,” Stein declared.

More recently, a video of Stein performing during the open microphone portion of a Dallas City Council meeting in February went viral. In it, he wore scrubs and rapped about COVID-19 vaccines.

In June, Stein sued Dallas County over his removal from County Commissioners Court. In May, commissioner John Wiley Price had Stein escorted out about 30 seconds into comments about Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. 

“You’re not allowed to admonish members of this court,” Price said, interrupting Stein repeatedly. “You are not allowed to attack members of this court.”

Stein’s use of municipal government open mic sessions has helped him access larger platforms, including Tucker Carlson Tonight, Glenn Beck’s Blaze Media, and Alex Jones’ podcast. A jury recently decided Jones should pay punitive damages to two families for spreading lies about the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

During a March 18, 2022, appearance on The Alex Jones Show, Stein called Jones, a “personal hero.”

“Right around 2016, you woke me up, realizing about pizzagate, realizing that these people in power are sick perverted Satanists,” Stein told Jones, referencing a debunked conspiracy theory alleging Hillary Clinton ran a child sex trafficking ring out of a Washington D.C. pizza parlor. 

Stein, noting how he, like Jones, grew up in North Texas, added, “What I’m saying is we’re kind of cut from similar cloths.”

Stein’s appearances at municipal meetings around the area, including in University Park, have been aided by the 2019 passage of House Bill 2840, which requires governmental bodies to allow time for public speakers.

“What they say is you’re not supposed to be boisterous, but you can be boisterous,” he said on an episode of Blaze Media’s News and Why It Matters podcast. “As long as you don’t go there and cuss and be really profane … you have your constitutional right to speak at those local meetings.”

And in the internet age, with so many meetings streamed online, that means exposure.

“It plays on their local live feed, so it does go somewhere,” Stein said.

While his public meeting raps can be ambiguous in their political messaging, he’s also posted videos heckling members of Congress, including one calling Houston Republican Dan Crenshaw a “globalist RINO” (Republican In Name Only).

Stein, through his father, Rhett, declined to speak to People Newspapers about his plans and Park Cities roots, but it seems like Stein’s ‘show’ is likely to continue. 

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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