Why This Progressive Reporter Thinks YouTube’s Move Against Steven Crowder Was ‘Infantile’ And ‘Ridiculous’

Why This Progressive Reporter Thinks YouTube’s Move Against Steven Crowder Was ‘Infantile’ And ‘Ridiculous’

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Posted: Jun 06, 2019 4:10 PM
Why This Progressive Reporter Thinks YouTube’s Move Against Steven Crowder Was ‘Infantile’ And ‘Ridiculous’

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Well, YouTube has decided to demonetize the account held by conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder. Why? Well, Vox writer Carlos Maza was the apparent target for Crowder for a couple of years. He did use insulting language. He did create a t-shirt that was equally insulting. You can search that for yourself, but let’s just say it was very, very politically incorrect. Still, it’s free speech. Anyways, the Crowder demonetization event has led to yet another instance where a big tech company appears to have succumbed to the social justice warrior lynch mob, whose goal is to purge conservative from all spheres of sociopolitical life. Mr. Maza appears to support that aim. Gregg Re of Fox News has more:

The episode began May 30 with a viral Twitter post by left-wing Vox personality Carlos Maza, which contained video montage of derogatory comments Crowder had made about Maza in the past two years. In the various clips, Crowder variously refers to Maza as an “angry little queer,” a “gay Mexican,” and “Mr. Lispy queer from Vox.”

Maza, an openly gay partisan activist, has himself previously used aggressive language on social media. “Milkshake them all,” he wrote May 21, referring to right-wing activists. “Humiliate them at every turn. Make them dread public organizing.”

On Tuesday, YouTube initially responded to Maza’s complaint with a statement explaining it would take no action.

“Our teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us, and while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies,” Youtube wrote at the time. “As an open platform, it’s crucial for us to allow everyone–from creators to journalists to late-night TV hosts–to express their opinions w/in the scope of our policies. Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site.”

The company added: “Even if a video remains on our site, it doesn’t mean we endorse/support that viewpoint. There are other aspects of the channel that we’re still evaluating– we’ll be in touch with any further updates.”

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On Twitter, Maza wrote, “I don’t know what to say. @YouTube has decided not to punish Crowder, after he spent two years harassing me for being gay and Latino. I don’t know what to say.”

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…on Wednesday, YouTube apparently changed its mind about Crowder.

“Update on our continued review–we have suspended this channel’s monetization,” YouTube wrote, adding that Crowder would have to make fundamental changes to the entire channel if he wanted the decision reversed. “We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies.”

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Maza indicated he was not satisfied — and explicitly called for sweeping and fundamental changes to YouTube as a platform.

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He added that he wanted larger change: “The problem isn’t Crowder and the problem isn’t monetization. The problem is that @YouTube allows monsters and bullies to become superstars, break YouTube’s rules, build an army of loyal, radicalized followers, and then make millions selling them merch that sustains their work.”

YouTube maintains that its committed to free speech, but this is just one of many instances where Silicon Valley, a left-wing bastion, has cracked down on accounts that are operated by conservatives. Crowder is a comedian. In Re’s lengthy piece, he noted that some of the remarks Crowder made about Maza were based off what the latter has said about himself. Maza has referred to himself as queer—he’s openly gay—and speaks with a lisp. “Lispy queer” is one of the terms Maza said Crowder has used to harass him. Crowder responded by saying he was merely using Maza’s own words—and he speaks with a lisp. It’s a comedy show and Crowder is not one that adheres to political correctness. YouTube said that monetization could be restored if he removed the link to his merchandise. Yet, it’s not just conservatives who are raising many an eyebrow over this move by YouTube. Michael Tracey, formerly of the Young Turks, and unabashed progressive writer that has been on a tear ripping liberal media figures for peddling the Trump-Russia collusion myth, called Maza a “crybaby.” In fact, his tweets about the Maza-Crowder war are, well, brutal.

Michael Tracey

@mtracey

Steven Crowder is an unfunny blowhard, but Carlos Maza is professional adult journalist employed by a major media organization — not some kid being bullied on a playground. The idea that YouTube needs to “protect” him is ridiculous and infantile https://spectator.us/steven-crowder-carlos-maza-playground/ 

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Michael Tracey

@mtracey

Social media companies invent brand new policies out of thin air whenever an elite journalist throws a hissy fit, and then wonder why their policies so often appear incoherent/unenforceable. You can’t craft rational, neutral standards when you’re constantly placating outrage mobs

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Michael Tracey

@mtracey

If you’re too emotionally fragile to withstand insults and mockery on the internet, maybe don’t choose a profession that entails espousing provocative political opinions online. Insults and mockery are not “abuse” or “harassment.” You’re an adult, not a child in a classroom

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Michael Tracey

@mtracey

Crybaby https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1136423175921831936 

CNN

@CNN

Carlos Maza, a video journalist who works for Vox, speaks out after YouTube declined to ban the videos of Steven Crowder, a prominent right-wing personality who Maza says used the platform to attack him with homophobic and racist slurs https://cnn.it/2HXXZBH 

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“If you’re too emotionally fragile to withstand insults and mockery on the internet, maybe don’t choose a profession that entails espousing provocative political opinions online,” Tracey wrote. “Insults and mockery are not “abuse” or “harassment.” You’re an adult, not a child in a classroom.”

Now, he did call Crowder an unfunny blowhard; I disagree. Full disclosure: I know and consider Crowder a friend, being one of the first people I met at BlogCon Charlotte hosted by FreedomWorks many moons ago.  Still, Tracey added, “but Carlos Maza is professional adult journalist employed by a major media organization — not some kid being bullied on a playground. The idea that YouTube needs to ‘protect’ him is ridiculous and infantile.”

In a separate tweet, aimed directly at YouTube and big tech, Tracey aptly noted “social media companies invent brand new policies out of thin air whenever an elite journalist throws a hissy fit, and then wonder why their policies so often appear incoherent/unenforceable. You can’t craft rational, neutral standards when you’re constantly placating outrage mobs.”

Yes, folks, believe it or not, Tracey is no conservative, though on Trump-Russia and this, he’s right on the money. And even on issues where you find him disagreeable to mainstream conservative thought, he’s a decent follow to get the Left’s perspective. I’m sure this won’t be the last time a conservative account was targeted by social media.

Yes, Canada is Actually Arresting Christian Pastors and Banning Them From Preaching in Public

Yes, Canada is Actually Arresting Christian Pastors and Banning Them From Preaching in Public

It is no longer legal to preach the word of Christ on the Canadian streets if others are offended.

A Christian pastor named David Lynn was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace with “derogatory comments” on Tuesday for preaching the word of God on a street corner at Church-Wellesley Village in Toronto, ON.

After the disciple of Christ was harassed by a group of unruly protesters, he was hauled off in handcuffs by law enforcement because preaching the Gospel was considered to be a criminal violation.

The LGBT mob cheered on as the man was dragged away in handcuffs, a sign of things to come if their perverse agenda continues unabated.

A police officer even accosted an individual recording the incident,

 

“It’s unfortunate that I am subject to this kind of discrimination and bullying and marginalization simply for saying God loves you, there is hope for you, I accept you and tolerate you. I shouldn’t be in this position, I didn’t do anything illegal,” Lynn said following his arrest. He is now out on bond.

Lynn was shown on the video saying frequently that “God is love,” and that he doesn’t hate anyone. This didn’t stop the police from apprehending him anyway.

“I didn’t know this was the start of the pride month…I didn’t say anything specific to the LGBTQ community, it’s all on live stream,” he said to reporters.

Lynn believes that the LGBT protesters and other hostile anti-Christians throughout his country want him to “stay in the closet” about his Christian beliefs. His arrest will send a chilling effect to others who want to preach the word of Christ in the liberal-dominated country.

“It looked as though they had an event waiting for me, and they had some form of hatred against me,” Lynn said.

Lynn is now banned from being anywhere near the areas of Bloor Street, Yonge Street, Carlton Street and Jarvis Street on conditions of his bond. He is also banned from being near any Pride event, as he is now a second-class citizen in globalist-occupied Canada.

Meanwhile, the legislature is working to expand laws against free speech, with the “Prohibiting Hate-Promoting Demonstrations at Queen’s Park Act, 2019,” being considered by Ontario lawmakers. It would ban any demonstration, rally or other activity that is deemed hateful by the government from being permissible on legislative grounds. If you don’t think that will apply to Christian speech, just ask David Lynn.

Christians are now the most persecuted faith on the planet, mostly because of how they are treated by radical Muslims in the third-world. But the third-world is coming to the West, and Christians are going to suffer mightily as a result.