In a surprising move in the 21st century, Steven Crowder's channel will remain on YouTube – even though he has repeatedly (and for years) shot racial and ethnic slurs at Vox writer and video host Carlos Maza. YouTube says that Crowder is violating none of its policies. This decision coming at the beginning of Gay Pride Month reveals that YouTube doesn't care about mudslinging, no matter when, how, and what is being said.
Mudslinging should remain professional, because let's face it – digging up one's personal life ruins the slingers integrity, and calling someone homosexual in the 21st century to get a rise out of people is decidedly prehistoric. Crowder feels his remarks are harmless jibes that shouldn't be taken "seriously". However, in the age-old world of perspective, a lot of YouTube viewers won't understand that he isn't "serious". After all, there's always a bit of belief lodged in the back of every jibe. Crowder doesn't understand that some watching only see phrases like "lispy queer" and "gay Mexican" as being in line with their own political views, and they don't see it as comedy.
The Verge reported what YouTube's response was like, which came almost a week after Carlos Maza tweeted about Crowder's repeated and (seemingly) never-ending ethnic and homophobic slurs, which seem designed to discredit Maza's show, Strikethrough. YouTube said that "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. 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 within the scope of our policies. Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site. Even if a video remains on our site, it doesn't mean we endorse/support that viewpoint."
What Are We Really Talking About?
YouTube has basically just said that there is no control of content on their site. Imagine television channels allowing racist and homophobic remarks from right wing writers? It just wouldn't happen. In the grand struggle to gain viewers on YouTube, Steven Crowder is resorting to the most base methods to boost his viewership, giving his audience more of what they want – troglodytic remarks about a fellow moderator. Everyone in the entertainment and media worlds knows that it is better to have friendly competition, and to work together to better the conditions under which entertainers and media workers do their jobs. People need to come to the realization that sexual orientation or ethnicity have nothing to do with one's integrity, skill or ability, and have no business being used as a "cheap thrill" for others to capitalize on.
YouTube is going to light a fire under the entire LGBT community, because now it is clear that YouTube doesn't care about what people say on their site. Everyone knows that, deep down, free speech is important but isn't supposed to be used to simply belittle others already marginalized by mainstream society. Stop being afraid, YouTube, and leave fear behind. It's time to embrace the 21st century. Now they're reconsidering their harassment policies after all of this.
This Just In
YouTube has now stated it is changing its policies indeed, on the record with UNILAD: "The openness of YouTube’s platform has helped creativity and access to information thrive. It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence."