YouTube Under Fire For Allowing Anti-LGBT Hate Speech

The Washington Post reports:

Carlos Maza, a video producer for the news site Vox, said the harassment began about two years ago. Steven Crowder [screenshot above], a right-wing commentator and comedian, had begun to call out Maza’s sexuality and his race — Maza is gay and Latino — in some of his videos on YouTube. And last week, Maza said, he finally grew sick of it. He edited a video of all the epithets that Crowder hurled at him over the last couple of years into a video and uploaded it to Twitter.

In an edited video compilation, Crowder calls Maza a “lispy sprite,” a “little queer,” “Mr. Gay Vox,” “Mr. Lispy queer from Vox,” “an angry little queer,” “gay Mexican,” “gay Latino from Vox,” and more. Crowder also breaks into a caricatured gay voice at points and appears to pantomime oral sex with his microphone. During one of the segments, Crowder wears a shirt that says “Socialism is for f–s.”

The Verge reports:

YouTube has at last formally responded to an explosive and controversial feud between Vox writer and video host Carlos Maza and conservative YouTuber Steven Crowder.

The verdict: YouTube says Crowder did not violate any of its policies, and that Crowder’s YouTube channel will stay up, despite his repeated homophobic slurs directed at Maza in videos posted to YouTube.

Notably, the company did not mention the phrase “hate speech,” indicating it does not seem to classify Crowder’s homophobic mockery as such.

Gizmodo reports:

YouTube’s hate speech policy page specifically bars “content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups” based on a number of attributes including ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation.

In a subsection, YouTube specifically writes creators cannot: “Use racial, ethnic, religious, or other slurs where the primary purpose is to promote hatred. Use stereotypes that incite or promote hatred based on any of the attributes noted above. This can take the form of speech, text, or imagery promoting these stereotypes or treating them as factual.”

Invoking hurtful stereotypes of gay men as effeminate to target a specific gay person, as well as disparaging references to that person’s ethnic background, seems about as straightforward a violation of this policy as can be.

From Ben Shapiro’s right wing Daily Wire:

On Monday, BlazeTV’s Steven Crowder published an “apology” video in response to Vox’s Carlos Maza triggering a YouTube investigation and the reported demonetizing of the conservative comedian for making jokes about Maza’s ethnicity and sexuality.

However, Crowder has seemingly rejected the general flow of Big Tech censorship sparked by the Left; instead of insincerely offering the societally required mea culpa, the comedian poured on the mockery in the faux apology video.