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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Twitter Sacrifices Milo On PC Altar

As I mentioned in a previous post, the new Ghostbusters movie, contrary to its initial knee-jerk reaction, proved to be a decent film. Obviously, part of what made the film great was the four main female leads.

This includes Leslie Jones, who, apart from being a stereotypical “street smart” black character, actually proved to be quite “book smart” when it came to the Big Apple’s history, thus making her a valuable part of the team.

Her stellar performance in the movie only made it more painful to see her attacked as the target of a Twitter hate campaign. It would be one thing if she were merely being barraged with tweets telling her she sucked. But making these tweets most toxic was the racism behind them:

Look, I’m all for free speech, and I get annoyed when people confuse “criticism” and “offensive speech” with “harassment” and “hate speech.” But there is a major difference between saying that a black actress sucks, and calling her an "ape". One is free speech, the other is hate.

So, really, I’d have no problem if Twitter, true to its terms of services, were to go and ban the anonymous trolls calling her every racial slur in the book. But obviously, doing that would prove too hard and time consuming for them. So what did Twitter do instead? Sacrifice a scapegoat!

Twitter decided to permanently ban conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos. His crime? Writing a bad review of the Ghostbusters movie! That inhumane monster!

Ugh! Bad movie reviews are not harassment. Yes, I’m mad that internet trolls have been spamming poor Leslie with racist hate, but sacrificing someone like Milo at the altar of PC censorship isn’t the solution. It never is!