Update: YouTube is going after Crowder and others anyway.
We live in a hypersensitive society in which certain words, when said as a humorous insult, really get some people angry. I’m not talking about hate speech. I’m talking specifically about labels that are only acceptable when not used to poke fun at someone. Examples of these words are descriptions of race, religion, and sexual orientation.
Let’s be clear. Intent is extremely important. One can definitely use words such as “gay” and “Mexican” or “Latino” when referring to someone who is gay and/or Mexican/Latino. When it’s said in the context of making fun of someone, it is considered inappropriate to some and there may even be some social media platforms that would ban an account that uses protected-class identifiers in such a manner.
YouTube is, based upon the fact that it’s a platform and not a content producer, compelled to protect free speech that isn’t dangerous. It can be offensive, inappropriate, and politically incorrect, but unless someone is making threats, encouraging violence, or otherwise breaking the law, it behooves YouTube to not ban users over touchy subjects. If they did, they’d lose a huge chunk of their content.
This is why all the outrage over Steven Crowder’s humorous jabs at Vox Media’s Carlos Maza is misplaced. Many are speaking out about YouTube itself when they should be applauding YouTube for not succumbing to political pressure and mob rule. Personally, I’m downright impressed they did what they did. I actually expected Louder with Crowder to be toast.
But it’s not.
(3/4) 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.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 4, 2019
This is the right decision.
Does Crowder go after Maza and pretty much anyone else? Yes.
Can it be offensive, even hurtful to the subject? Absolutely.
Is it illegal? No.
Should it be illegal? Absolutely not.
Crowder has a right to call Maza a gay Latino. In fact, Maza is a gay Latino. But accuracy isn’t even an indicator in regards to the validity of free speech. The only real criteria is whether or not harm was intentionally encouraged.
Is it illegal harassment to call someone a white supremacist? Maza does.
Keep in mind, I do not believe Maza has no right to be upset. I’d say he has actually had thick skin over the period of time, approximately two years, that Crowder has made Maza the butt of his jokes. But what he wants YouTube to do to Crowder would force them to cross a line they don’t want to cross and we shouldn’t want them to cross, either.
Have you ever seen a video of a gay person making fun of straight people, especially straight white people? There are plenty of those on YouTube. What about movies with jokes that are considered to be inappropriate today. Should the scene in Beverly Hills Cop that has Eddie Murphy pretending to be gay and discussing “herpes simplex 10” be removed? No.
But Maza’s complaints aren’t necessarily about the insults but about the targeting itself. Crowder wasn’t making fun of gay Latinos. He was making fun of a specific gay Latino, so shouldn’t that be grounds to ban him for harassment? Again, the answer is “no.” Crowder gets pretty darn close to the harassment line, but not enough for YouTube to act. Crowder wasn’t attacking Maza over his race, religion, or sexual orientation. He was attacking Maza over his views and actions and framing them behind Maza’s status as a gay Latino. There’s a difference. We see it fairly regularly in videos talking about “gay-hating white racist Donald Trump” or whatever variation of vitriolic language the President’s detractors like to use about him on YouTube.
If someone makes fun of a gay Latino for their words or actions and refers to them as a gay Latino, that is not harassment. If Crowder said, “Someone needs to hunt down and harm the gay Latino Carlos Maga,” then he’d be in real trouble and having his YouTube account banned would be a no-brainer.
Progressives can be upset with Crowder all they want, but there’s no need to be mad at YouTube for making the right decision to keep his channel up. Being offended is not grounds for suppressing speech.
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Big Pharma’s Five Major Minions that Everyone, Vaxxed or Unvaxxed, Must Oppose
This is not an “anti-vaxxer” article, per se. It’s a call for everyone to wake up to the nefarious motives behind vaccine mandates, booster shots, and condemnation of freedom.
The worst kept secret in world history SHOULD be that the unquenchable push for universal vaccinations against Covid-19 has little if anything to do with healthcare and everything to do with Big Pharma’s influence over the narrative. Unfortunately, that secret has stayed firmly hidden from the vast majority of people because of the five major minions working on behalf of Big Pharma.
What’s even worse is the fact that Big Pharma’s greed is merely a smokescreen to hide an even darker secret. We’ll tackle that later. First, let’s look at the public-facing ringleaders behind the vaccine push, namely Big Pharma. But before we get into their five major minions, it’s important to understand one thing. This is NOT just an article that speaks to the unvaccinated. Even those who believe in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines must be made aware of agenda that’s at play.
Let’s start with some facts. The unvaccinated do NOT spread Covid-19 more rampantly than the vaccinated. Even Anthony Fauci acknowledged the viral load present in vaccinated people is just as high as in the unvaccinated. This fact alone should demolish the vaccine mandates as it demonstrates they have absolutely no effect on the spread of the disease. But wait! There’s definitely more.
This unhinged push to vaccinate everyone defies science. Those with natural immunity may actually have their stronger defenses against Covid-19 hampered by the introduction of the injections which fool the body into creating less-effective antibodies. Moreover, the push to vaccinate young people is completely bonkers. The recovery rate for those under the age of 20 is astronomical. Children neither contract, spread, nor succumb to Covid-19 in a statistically meaningful way. What they DO succumb to more often than Covid-19 are the adverse reactions to the vaccines, particularly boys.
All of this is known and accepted by the medical community, yet most Americans are still following the vaccinate-everybody script. It requires pure cognitive dissonance and an overabundant need for confirmation bias to make doctors and scientists willingly go along with the program. Yet, here we are and that should tell you something.
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Who does Big Pharma control? It starts with the obvious people, the ones who most Americans believe are actually behind this push. Our governments at all levels as well as governments around the world are not working with Big Pharma. They are working for Big Pharma. Some are proactive as direct recipients of cash. Others may oppose Big Pharma in spirit but would never speak out because they know anyone who does has no future in DC.
This may come as a shock to some, but it’s Big Pharma that drives the narrative and sets the agenda for the “experts” at the CDC, FDA, WHO, NIH, NIAID, and even non-medical government organizations.
Most believe it’s the other way around. They think that Big Pharma is beholden to the FDA for approval, but that’s not exactly the case. They need approval for a majority of their projects, but when it comes to the important ones such as the Covid injections, Big Pharma is calling the shots. They have the right people in the right places to push their machinations forward.
That’s not to say that everyone at the FDA is in on it. Big Pharma only needs a handful of friendlies planted in leadership in order to have their big wishes met. We have seen people quitting the FDA in recent weeks for this very reason. The same can be said about the other three- and five-letter agencies. Too many people in leadership have been bribed, bullied, or blackmailed into becoming occasional shills for the various Big Pharma corporations. Some have even been directly planted by Big Pharma. That’s the politics of healthcare and science that drives such things as Covid-19 “vaccines.”
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