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June 10, 2019

YouTube Seems Confused of What Anti Gay Slurs Mean for The Gay Community

 Carlos Maza
 YouTube is one of many companies that has given its logo a rainbow-themed makeover to show support for LGBT rights - but, underneath the colorful veneer, a row has erupted over how the video-sharing site enforces its own hate-speech policies.

At the center of the dispute is journalist Carlos Maza, who presents a popular series called Strikethrough for the news site Vox. 
He says he has faced persistent abuse from rival video-maker Steven Crowder, who has more than 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube. 
Whenever Maza publishes a video for Vox, Crowder will post his own "debunking" video, peppered with insulting language attacking Maza's sexual orientation and ethnicity.
So, last week, Maza posted a video compilation of the abuse. 
In the clips, Crowder imitates Maza's accent and calls him, among other things, a "lispy queer", a "gay Vox sprite" and a "gay Mexican". 
Maza asked YouTube to step in.

Steven CrowderImage copyright 
Image captionVideo-maker Steven Crowder hosts a popular show on YouTube

"These videos get millions of views on YouTube. Every time one gets posted, I wake up to a wall of homophobic/racist abuse on Instagram and Twitter," he said in a tweet. 
"These videos make me a target of ridiculous harassment."
YouTube said it would investigate. 
It conducted an "in-depth review" and on Tuesday it came back with an answer.
"While we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don't violate our policies," it said in a statement.
However, after receiving further criticism, YouTube announced on Wednesday that it would demonetize Crowder's channel due to "continued egregious actions." This means he will no longer make money from advertising revenues on his videos. 
But Maza said this was still not enough, pointing out that most political content is already demonetized and that Crowder would still be able to sell merchandise via his channel. 
YouTube attempted to clarify its decision stating that Crowder would need to remove links to his t-shirts in order to reinstate monetization of his channel. 
It then reaffirmed that Crowder "would need to address all the issues with his channel" for monetization to be reinstated, adding it was "sorry for the confusion."

'Friendly ribbing'

YouTube's response has been met with a mixed reaction.
Many people want to frame the dispute as a battle over free speech. 
Crowder himself claimed the row was not about abuse but "an example of a giant corporate media entity [Vox] trying to silence voices they do not like". 
He said the language he used to mock Maza was "friendly ribbing".
"It's funny and this is a comedy show. 'Lispy queer' is harmless and I enjoy saying it," he said in a video.
But others have said if YouTube itself accepted the videos were "hurtful", it was failing to enforce its own policies.
Its rules prohibit content that:
  • is deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone
  • makes hurtful and negative personal comments about another person
But YouTube said Crowder's comments did not violate the policies because they were sandwiched between "debate".
In notes provided by Google and published by news site Gizmodo, the company said: "We take into consideration whether criticism is focused primarily on debating the opinions expressed or is solely malicious."
YouTube's social media pages are currently decorated with rainbow-themed graphics, in support of LGBT rights.
But Maza said the video-sharing site was "exploiting" LGBT people.
"It's going to get so much worse now. YouTube has publicly stated that racist and homophobic abuse doesn't violate their anti-bullying policies," he said.

Presentational grey line


by Ben Hunte, LGBT correspondent
Many professional LGBT video-makers will be familiar with uploading material online and instantly being tormented by certain audiences, solely because of their sexuality. 
YouTube's take on this will disappoint the LGBT community. 
It will surprise them that hurtful things considered hate speech and punishable by law in real life can simply be labeled "debate" online, and not require any repercussions. 
With LGBT Pride Month just kicking off, it will be interesting to see how many other organizations will adopt rainbows across their brands, without necessarily backing the queer communities they are desperately marketing themselves to. 

Presentational grey line

Updated policy

Unrelated to Mr Maza's dispute with Mr Crowder, YouTube published a blog on Wednesday saying it had updated its hate speech policy. 
The changes include:
  • explicitly banning videos alleging that one group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities such as age, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation
  • an explicit ban on videos that "glorify Nazi ideology"
  • removing content that "denies well-documented events" such as the Holocaust and Sandy Hook school shooting
  • stopping channels that "repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies" from earning advertising revenue

January 5, 2019

Chelsea Homophobic Supporter Banned to Attending Games For Using Anti Gay Slurs During Premier Game


A Chelsea supporter who pleaded guilty to shouting anti-gay abuse during a Premier League game against Brighton has been banned from attending football matches for three years.

George Bradley, a 20-year-old Blues fan, admitted a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment during the match at the Amex Stadium on Dec. 16.

He was also fined £965 after appearing at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Thursday. It is not yet clear whether Chelsea will take their own action. 

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A Brighton spokesperson said: "We would like to thank Sussex Police for their assistance in dealing with this unsavoury incident, and we are very pleased with the outcome.

"It underlines both their and our commitment to a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse from those attending matches at the Amex.

"We would remind all fans that we will not tolerate any form of abusive behaviour at the stadium and will always take the strongest possible action."

Darren Balkham, Sussex Police's football policing officer, added: "Mr Bradley pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and accepted his behaviour was not acceptable and this was recognised by the court.

"I would urge any supporter attending the Amex to report these incidents to either a steward or police officer to allow us to take action at the time."

Chelsea have pledged to take the strongest possible action against any racist or discriminatory words or actions from their own supporters after a series of damaging incidents in recent weeks.

Last month the Blues announced they had banned four supporters from attending games at Stamford Bridge "pending further investigations" into alleged racist abuse directed at Manchester City star Raheem Sterling during a Premier League match in December.

UEFA are also investigating alleged antisemitic chanting from a minority of travelling Chelsea supporters during a Europa League group game against Vidi -- an incident that a Blues spokesperson said had "shamed the club" -- with a decision on possible punishment expected in mid-January.


September 4, 2018

Dan Reynolds Without Using Her/His Name Let's EMiNeM know He is Outraged By The Throwing of The Anti Gay Slur "F"

 Scott Legato/Getty Images
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons holds a gay pride flag during their Evolve World Tour 2018 at DTE Energy Music Theater on June 21, 2018 in Clarkston, Mich.  

In the wake of the surprise drop of Eminem's Kamikaze on Friday (Aug. 31) -- his new album featuring a track that hurls a homophobic slur at Tyler, the Creator -- many are justifiably outraged at the rapper's choice of words.
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons is one of them, and he's using Twitter to take a stand against the employment of such "hateful" language. Though he doesn't call out Eminem by name on the social media platform, he addresses the slur the rapper used, f----t, and makes it perfectly clear that he has no tolerance for any phrase that "contributes to hate and bigotry." 
"it’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate," he writes. "I don’t care what year you were born in or what meaning it has to you. if it contributes to hate and bigotry then it is hateful. period. there is never an ok time to say the word f----t I don’t care who you are."
Reynolds drives the point home in a reply to his tweets, directly referring to "The Fall," the song in question: "I’m very familiar with all his music and the backstory with Tyler. This isn’t the first time it has been used by him and it never has been thoughtful. It’s gross and demeaning in its context." 
Eminem Has to Hold Accountable, Like we All Are
The night of Aug. 30, Eminem dropped a 13-track surprise album. The project, titled Kamikaze, set Twitter ablaze for taking shots at a long list of other artists and personalities. But amongst the barbs, chatter on social media began to center around lines directed at Tyler, the Creator, that were characterized by many as homophobic. 
On “The Fall,” Eminem raps “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f----t, bitch / It’s not just ‘cause you lack attention, it’s ‘cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious.” Having bleeped out the slur f----t from the track, he goes on. “If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better, get Earl the Hooded Sweater / Whatever his name is to help you put together some words, more than just two letters.” 
Prior to the lines, the rapper opened the track saying, “You know, everybody’s been telling me what they think about me for the last few months, maybe it’s time I tell them what I think about them.” Combined, many think that the shots at Tyler come as a direct response to tweets from Tyler about Eminem’s “Walk on Water.” When that track came out, the rapper posted “dear god this song is horrible, sheesh how the fuck.” That November 2017 critique has now been responded to in kind.
Criticisms have arisen with Eminem’s lyrics, specifically around his insinuation of the word f----t, widely agreed upon as a slur towards gay men. The criticism is not a new one, as the rapper has used it for almost two decades at least—bleeping the word out sonically when everyone understands what’s intended does little to lessen the impact. When questioned about homophobia in the past, Eminem has pushed back, notably in 2013, when he told Rolling Stone: “Those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never equated those words [with being gay]... It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole.” Others, namely Elton John, have come forward to his defense, saying he’s not homophobic.
Fans have similarly flocked to Twitter today, pushing back against accusations of homophobia by pointing out that Eminem was quoting Tyler, who has his own extended history of using the word.

December 10, 2014

FSU Teacher Resigns after posting with gay slurs

FSU teacher resigns after posting profane Facebook comments
Florida State University does not have a policy governing what faculty and staff can – or cannot – say on social media.
But FSU College of Business senior lecturer Deborah O'Connor agreed that she went too far with her reactions on Facebook last Thursday to a photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. O'Connor submitted her resignation the following day, one week before the end of finals for the fall semester.
FSU officials have declined to comment on O'Connor's sudden resignation, other than to confirm that there are no rules governing use of social media.
O'Connor took issue with a Facebook post by Colin Lively, a New York City-based consultant to the beauty industry, which welcomed Holder's decision to have the U.S. Justice Department investigate the police shooting death of a black 12-year-old boy carrying a toy gun. The fatal shooting of the boy came amid high-profile deaths of unarmed black men by white police officers in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.
O'Connor called Lively a gay slur and used profane language.
"Take your Northern (gay slur) elitism and shove it up your (expletive)," O'Connor wrote on Lively's Facebook post (they are not Facebook friends, but have one mutual friend on the social media site).
"I teach at a University, you (expletive). What do you do?" she added. "You are an intellectual fraud, just like your Messiah. Obama has single-handedly turned our once great society into a Ghetto Culture, rivaling that of Europe."
O'Connor told the Tallahassee Democrat that she was embarrassed by the entire incident. She was not forced to resign, she said, but she was encouraged to.
"I've learned my lesson about Facebook; let's just leave it at that," O'Connor said. "I decided to resign because I didn't think it was feasible to drag myself and Florida State through this kind of mud."
She has worked with her marketing department chair to have an instructor monitor the final exams for her classes this week. O'Connor will be responsible for posting her students' final grades.
Lively said during a telephone interview Tuesday that he was at first amused by O'Connor's comments, but he became increasingly concerned as her vitriol intensified.
"I'm surprised her employers weren't aware of her and hadn't done something about it," Lively said. "I feel very bad for any woman who carries that kind of rage inside her heart. I feel very bad and sorry for her."
Lively's friend Susie Sharp, one of the founders of the Social Media Club of Cleveland, captured all of O'Connor's comments before O'Connor was able to erase them (her comments are no longer visible on Facebook). She provided them to Derek Kinner, a journalist with the Jacksonville-based news and opinion website, His account of O'Connor's writing on Facebook and her subsequent resignation have been making the rounds online.
Sharp also sent an email of concern on Friday to FSU President John Thrasher and members of his leadership team, including Board of Trustees Chair Allan Bense. She had not received a reply from the university by Tuesday afternoon.
"I usually give people a pass, but once I saw that she had a position of responsibility teaching our children, that's what put me over the edge," Sharp said. "My thought is that when you are a teacher you are held to a higher standard."
O’Connor's resignation comes one week after five Wakulla County Sheriff's Office deputies were placed on paid administrative leave for comments they made on Facebook in reaction to protests in Ferguson.
 Doug Blackburn, Tallahassee Democrat

June 4, 2014

Our Man Jonah Hill Tells Paparazzo the “ Fa**t ” Word

Jonah Hill The following segment posited by  on,  followed by the blog publisher’s comments.Jonah Hill’s homophobic slur occurred when some paparazzi snapped photos of him in Los Angeles. At one point, one of the cameraman joked to the actor, “I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy.” Jonah Hill was wearing flowery board shorts at the time.
 At first, Jonah Hill did not respond, and the paparazzo in question continued to follow him. After about 40 seconds, the photographer determined he had what he needed and wished the actor a “good day.” Jonah Hill then shockingly replied, “Suck my d--k, you f----t.” Video of the incident was published on TMZ Tuesday morning.
Jonah Hill appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show this morning, where the actor apologized for his homophobic slur.
“This is a heartbreaking situation for me,” Jonah Hill said about the homophobic slur video. “ ... I’m upset because from the day I was born, and publicly, I’ve been a gay rights activist.”
Hill continued: “This person [the paparazzo] had been following me around, just to give it some context, I’m not excusing what I said in any way. This person had been following me around all day, had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally, and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool. And in that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people.”
Jonah Hill later added: “I am not at all defending my choice of words, but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say, and how those words, even if you don’t intend them in how they mean, they are rooted in hate, and thats bulls--t and I shouldn’t have said that.” 
“What I said in that moment was disgusting and a hurtful term,” Hill concluded. “I should have said either nothing or just f--k you. Instead I used a word that I don’t use in my personal life, it’s not part of my vernacular. I’m happy to take the heat for using this disgusting word.  ... It would break my heart to think that anyone would think ... that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.”
Indeed, Jonah Hill’s use of the homophobic slur is particularly stunning since the actor has been a vocal supporter of gay rights. Last fall, he joined the legion of stars who joined the Human Rights Campaign’s Love Conquers Hate movement protesting Russia’s notoriously anti-gay laws. Hill also tweeted a photo of himself wearing the campaign’s signature shirt, which reads “Love Conquers Hate” in Russian.
“I have tons of gay friends, gay family members,” Jonah Hill said about his gay rights tweet. “It’s like saying, why do you think people should breathe? I support anybody doing whatever they want to do to be who they are.”
But does this mean Jonah Hill is a hypocrite for using an anti-gay slur? Or do we cut the comedian some slack since he has fought for LGBT rights in the past? Readers of the TMZ article are split on the issue.
“Its never right to call someone a slur but he was pushed by that dbag pap he most.probably snapped and said it without thinking,” one user wrote under the story. “given that he is an activist for gay rights Im sure he can be cut some slack.”
Another added: “The support he has given to gay causes far outweighs any momentary lapse in judgment.”
Adam Gonzalez, Blog publisher :  I will give a person like Jonah all the rope he needs or wants because of his back ground and record of solid backing of the gay community. What he said if any of us was there listening live we would have laughed our *icks off and would have seen that he was being pushed by the paparazzi. Jonah clearly explained that the situation called for a four letter word, which I agree, but he just chased the wrong one. I don’t believe in giving people using that word a pass as I have said many times on this blog and everywhere but nothing or no one is perfect. When you have statements such as 0 on drugs or 0 on this or that I see it as silly because there is no such number in human daily events. 
So Why he gets a pass? He doesn’t get a pass. Now that he said it he is paying the price which I also agree with.  He is being criticized but also he immediately apologized. I am not going to criticize him but I will agree with Johah that he picked the wrong word. He should have used a 4 letter word on the azzwuz of paparazzo and move on like he did. 
I am happy that some in the gay and straight communities came after him.  That was the price to pay. I am glad that everything went real fast. He said, a storm formed, he apologized and now Iam laughing about it and being thankful that we are on track on putting that word where it belongs, out  of our lives :)

October 2, 2013

Racer Nelson Piquet Jr. Fined $10,000 on Gay Slur

 Ace Racer Nelson Piquet jr. is been a real bad boy on Twitter according to USA Today.  When are people going to learn that just because you use a password to enter social media what you say is not private. Behavior in which downgrades gays or anyone group of people is not tolerated anymore.
This is what was reported: 

He has been fined $10,000 and ordered to attend sensitivity training after posting an Instagram comment with a gay slur.
In response to fellow Nationwide Series driver Parker Kligerman's selfie after a workout, Piquet wrote a comment with a three-letter slur. Kligerman appeared to laugh it off with a comment of his own, but a fan snapped a screen shot and it caught NASCAR's attention.
In a Twitter exchange with @MatthewBreuer, Piquet said the comment was teasing between friends.
"Don't act like if u have never called your friends names," Piquet said in a now-deleted tweet. "Were (sic) not living in the 50s anymore bud.. jokes are jokes."
In a statement Tuesday, Piquet said: "I sincerely apologize to everyone for my poor choice of words last week. I did not mean to hurt or offend anyone. This has been a cultural learning experience that will make me a more sensitive person moving forward."
Kligerman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY Sports.
Piquet also was placed on indefinite probation.
Earlier this season, Nationwide driver Jeremy Clements was suspended for two races after he made a racial slur toward African-Americans.
"Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport," NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell said. "NASCAR's Code of Conduct explicitly spells out in the 2013 rule book our position regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide by this code."
The Code of Conduct in the rule book says a driver "shall not make or cause to be made a public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person's race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.''
In a separate statement from Turner Scott Motorsports, the team said it had spoken to Piquet about his "insensitive comment" and the driver "understands that such remarks will not be tolerated."
"TSM expects those associated with the team to uphold professional standards that we can all be proud of," the statement said. "Nelson has assured the team that he has learned his lesson and he knows what it means to represent TSM."
This isn't the first time Piquet has found controversy in 2013.
After on-track fireworks in May's Nationwide race at Richmond International Raceway, the ex-Formula One driver argued with Brian Scott and kicked him below the belt.
On the way out of the track, Piquet and a friend were then confronted by two crew members from Scott's Richard Childress Racing team. The crew members were arrested and charged with assault.
Also Tuesday evening, NASCAR issued a six-point penalty to Joey Logano's Nationwide team.
The front of Logano's No. 22 car was found to be too low in post-race inspection after his win at Dover International Speedway.
Logano and the team get to keep the win, but crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $10,000 in addition to the loss of six owner points for team owner Roger Penske.
Logano does not run for points in the Nationwide Series.
In a statement, Penske said it had a spring retaining screw "back out" during the race. The front end was too low by 1/16 of an inch, the team said.
"The problem is being addressed internally to prevent it from happening again and the team is not planning to appeal the penalty," the statement said.
Jeff Gluck, USA TODAY Sports
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