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What Can You Say, and How Can You Say It?

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on June 2, 2019 21:15

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With YouTube investigating commentator Steven Crowder at the request of Vox media and contributor Carlos Maza, some of the remarks in controversy bring an interesting question into play.

New controversy is surrounding conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder, host of the show Louder with Crowder, as YouTube has begun an internal investigation into Crowder's content regarding Vox news media. Crowder's channel often does comedic rebuttals of videos and articles from different liberal news outlets, including Vox. In particular, one of the commentators working for Vox, Carlos Maza, has made special claims that Crowder's content is harrasing and derrogatory. 

In a video addressing the controversy, Crowder has brought attention to the allegedly demeaning statements about Maza he has made. The bulk of the ad hominem remarks surround his sexuality and race, referring to him as "the gay latino from Vox" or "the lispy queer from Vox." He has stated that he has made comments with the intention of making a joke, a playful jab, at Maza. But a key question that comes up is how he should refer to Maza, since Maza refers to himself using the same terms. 

Maza's Twitter handle is @gaywonk, and in different videos on Vox, and in different Twitter posts, he openly refers to himself as a gay, queer, and a Latino immigrant, seemingly as a badge of honor. The language Crowder has used is exactly what Maza uses to describe himself. 

Aside from the controversy between these parties, it brings up a question of what language is considered politically correct, and for whom. The same words Maza uses to describe himself with pride are considered harassment coming from Crowder. While Crowder is hardly an individual who aims to be politically correct, this controversy begs the question of what politically correct terms would even be. 

The investigation is still in the early stages, but YouTube's response from here will undoubtedly be interesting to see. Both sides are painting this differently; some see this as more examples of censorship and favoritism among creators, and others will likely see this as a failure to address bigotry, racism, homophobia, etc., etc. YouTube certainly seems to have a bit of a conundrum on how to respond.   

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on June 2, 2019 21:15

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Source: The Hill

YouTube is investigating conservative commentator Steven Crowder after Vox host Carlos Maza accused him of harassment and...

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