It’s been a week for discussing tech censorship. Yesterday, I wrote about Stefan Molyneux’s suspension from Mailchimp. That was the result of deliberate misinformation and a handful of Twitter trolls. It’s scary to consider that that’s all it takes to be deplatformed.
This week’s TBT, then, looks back to Summer 2019, when conservative comedian Steven Crowder saw himself at the center of an on-again, off-again controversy regarding a mincing radical.
The great English physician said (I’m paraphrasing here) that we don’t need to be taught so much as we need to be reminded. Crowder has endured with an excellent legal team, but it’s worth our time to consider the past (and present) battles in the ever-raging culture war.
Here is 2019’s “First They Came for Crowder“:
The big news in the conservative world this week was YouTube’s unceremonious demonetizing of Steven Crowder, yet another example of techno-elites censoring conservative and dissident voices. Apparently, YouTube has somewhat reversed that decision if Crowder removes the hilarious “Socialism is for Figs” t-shirt from his website’s store (which, if that link is any indication, they have done).
The occasion for this deplatforming was a bout of limp-wristed hysterics from gay Hispanic (that’s a two-fer) Carlos Maza, a whinging, soyboy-ish fop with a penchant for calls of violence against conservatives. Once again, loafer-lightened totalitarianism rears its fabulous head.
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) June 6, 2019
Maza argued that Crowder had “bullied” him in a series of sketches lampooning the sassy Latina’s emphatic videos for Vox. As such, Maza demanded YouTube demonetize Crowder’s videos on its site. When YouTube refused, Captain Canines led progressive journalists on a crusade against YouTube, claiming it didn’t do enough to protect LGBTQ2+etc. creators.
Please. As Will Chamberlain writes in a piece on Human Events, Maza is one of the most privileged people on the planet: he’s a flamingly gay Hispanic journalist. Few people enjoy greater access to the full might and rancor of the progressive press (but I repeat myself) than this guy.
Crowder, on the other hand, has to hawk humorous t-shirts and hand-etched mugs to create a source of non-YouTube funding in order to keep his show going. He’s been urging fans to subscribe to Mug Club for years for precisely this reason: YouTube could pull the rug out at any moment (use promo code “Free Speech” for $30 off an annual subscription—that’s an incredible bargain).
YouTube brought in users with the promise of using their platform to make a living. Now that they have a monopolistic market share of viewer eyeballs, they murkily shift their guidelines like a witch’s cauldron, booting conservatives for the slightest perceived offense.
Conservative content creators need reliable sources of funding to fight against the progressive media machine. Steven Crowder needs your support.
And trust me—the mug alone is worth $70.