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Carlos Maza May 30
So, I have pretty thick skin when it comes to online harassment, but something has been really bothering me.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
Since I started working at Vox, Steven Crowder has been making video after video "debunking" Strikethrough. Every single video has included repeated, overt attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity. Here's a sample:
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
I've been called an anchor baby, a lispy queer, a Mexican, etc. These videos get millions of views on YouTube. Every time one gets posted, I wake up to a wall of homophobic/racist abuse on Instagram and Twitter.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
Last year, I got doxxed, and it scared the fuck out of me. My phone was bombarded with hundreds of texts at the exact same time. The messages?
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
These videos makes me a target of ridiculous harassment, and it makes life sort of miserable. I waste a lot of time blocking abusive Crowder fanboys, and this shit derails your mental health.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @YouTube
That being said, I'm not mad at Crowder. There will always be monsters in the world. I'm fucking pissed at , which claims to support its LGBT creators, and has explicit policies against harassment and bullying:
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
This has been going on for years, and I've tried to flag this shit on several occasions. But YouTube is never going to actually enforce its policies. Because Crowder has 3 million YouTube subscribers, and enforcing their rules would get them accused on anti-conservative bias.
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Carlos Maza
Which is all to say: I work my fucking ass off to create smart, thorough, engaging content for , a company that claims to give a shit about LGBT creators. And its miserable to have that same company helping facilitate a truly mind melting amount of direct harassment.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @YouTube
My family sees this shit. I've had to explain to my much younger sister what the fuck a Steven Crowder is, and ask my siblings not to respond. Its exhausting. I wish gave enough of a shit to stop its platform from becoming a fucking playground for assholes.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
This isn't about "silencing conservatives." I don't give a flying fuck if conservatives on YouTube disagree with me. But by refusing to enforce its anti-harassment policy, YouTube is helping incredibly powerful cyberbullies organize and target people they disagree with.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @YouTube
Anyway, if you want to help, I guess you can go to this dude's videos and flag them? But isn't going to do anything, because YouTube does not give a fuck about queer creators. It cares about "engagement," and homophobic/racist harassment is VERY "engaging."
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @YouTube
Again, the problem isn't Crowder. There will always be fucking assholes trying to get attention by being bigots. The problem is that is designed to give those assholes a megaphone, push new followers in their directions, and keep them listening. It's a weapon.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
YouTube does not give a fuck about queer creators. YouTube does not give a fuck about marginalized creators. YouTube does not give a fuck about diversity or inclusion. YouTube wants clicks. YouTube wants clicks. YouTube wants clicks.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
Harassment isn't siloed, either. Every time he makes one of these videos, his fans flood the comments on the original Vox video. So a piece I spent 4 weeks working on is drowning in homophobic and abusive comments and downvotes. Other Vox fans see it. It's humiliating.
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @gaywonk
I cannot explain how awful it is to see a video where you're called a "lispy queer" pass a MILLION views. THOUSANDS of comments piling on. How the fuck are LGBT people expected to produce interesting content in this environment?
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Carlos Maza May 30
Replying to @YouTube
Anyway can't fucking WAIT to see 's Pride month video where they pretend to give a shit about the well-being of LGBT creators in order to *checks notes* help draw more advertisers to the platform to make more money.
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Carlos Maza May 31
Replying to @gaywonk
A lot of people have pointed out that Crowder is wearing a “Socialism Is For Fags” shirt in several of his videos. Turns out, he sells that shirt to his YouTube fans, and proudly displays it in his Twitter cover photo. What are these platforms doing?
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Carlos Maza May 31
Replying to @gaywonk
If Crowder loses his channel, I’m going to get hit with another avalanche of abuse and will likely get doxxed again. That’s what’s so fucked up about these platforms: they create wildly powerful monsters and then ask the targets of abuse to draw further attention to themselves.
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Carlos Maza May 31
Replying to @gaywonk
Love to sit at home editing together clips of my abuse in order to publicly beg a platform to pay attention. Love to be an adult gay person and still have my identity marked by public humiliation.
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