Thrown under the YouTube bus

A week of demonetizations

This week YouTube demonetized the Revenge of the Cis channel on a flimsy pretext of (undefined) “hate speech”. 

The video sharing site also demonetized Steven Crowder’s channel, under pressure from the leftwing media titan, Vox Media. 

Steven Crowder’s offense? Crowder had repeatedly satirized Carlos Maza, the leftwing journalist of Vox. 

Maza himself led the campaign against Crowder. (Carlos Maza would just love to be the next Lavrentiy Beria…if only the rest of us would give him the chance, dagnabbit.)

It’s all about “hate speech”…and a bridge I want to sell you. 

The technical reason for YouTube’s demonetization of Crowder? “Hate speech”. Carlos Maza is a gay man who openly embraces his own gayness and effeminacy. (Let’s just say that Maza is not a manly gay man, à la Pete Buttigieg. He’s one of the “softer” gay men.) But when Crowder joined in the joke, the same material instantly became “hate speech”.

Are you seeing a pattern here?

Some time ago, YouTube removed videos of alt-right commentator Vox Day (not to be confused with Vox Media). 

Why? Yeah, you guessed it: hate speech. 

Oh, and it gets even more complicated. This isn’t YouTube versus an organized, rightwing band of brothers. Vox Day doesn’t like the two cohosts at Revenge of the Cis, who don’t like Vox Day in return. The Revenge of the Cis cohosts also don’t like Steven Crowder…

And…Vox Day has yet to make an official pronouncement regarding Steven Crowder. But Crowder is a well-known conservative who is more commercially successful than Vox Day. Vox Day would therefore be likely to denounce Crowder as a “cuckservative”. (Vox Day is wont to denounce or dismiss all commercially successful conservative figures as “cuckservatives”.)

But Crowder, Vox Day, and Revenge of the Cis have all been demonetized—or otherwise punished—by YouTube for (undefined) “hate speech”, their various antipathies toward each other notwithstanding.

Sometimes, even Vox Day is right.

Credit where credit is due. Vox Day has repeatedly warned that YouTube is out to remove, by hook or by crook, anyone who is “right of Hillary Clinton”. 

The evidence suggests that he’s right. 

YouTube is a dying platform, anyway—at least in its current iteration. YouTube is famously losing money. YouTube is now desperately scrambling to curry favor with corporate advertisers, and to recruit big-name studio talent. 

This means that YouTube is likely a waste of time if you are a right-of-center political analyst. “Hate speech” is one of those categories that can be expanded as needed. YouTube is obviously intent on defining “hate speech” as “anything that leftwing mouthpieces like Carlos Maza find offensive”. (Revenge of the Cis was likely demonetized because of a hit piece they did on Carlos Maza, too, calling him “very sensitive”.)

Oh, the homophobic, hate speech horror of it all!

Vox Day is wrong about all manner of things. But he’s right about YouTube. This is not a platform for anyone to the right of Hillary Clinton.

And besides…

Even if you’re to the left of Hillary Clinton, or completely apolitical, you’re likely to be thrown under the YouTube bus in the near future, as the site seeks to replace independent creators with NBC studio talk shows and music videos from Ariana Grande. 

That is, if you haven’t already been thrown under the YouTube bus.