Last week, Twitter suspended the ignorant conservative Allie Beth Stuckey when she called New Zealand Olympic weightlifter Laurel Hubbard a “man.” Hubbard is openly trans and Stuckey is openly a scoundrel.
“Laura Hubbard’s failure at the event does not make her inclusion fair,” Stuckey wrote. “He’s still a man, and men shouldn’t compete against women in weightlifting.”
His tweet violated Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct, which prohibits “expressing hatred toward a protected person, group, or category.”
Stuckey later complained on Instagram, whose standards are apparently more lax, that “Twitter has suspended me for 12 hours for saying that Laurel Hubbard is a man, which is objectively true. What’s that Orwell quote? Something about the further people stray from the truth, the more they will hate those who tell it? “
Stuckey’s bigoted comments are do not objectively true, and I’m too old to even bother linking to the readily available data that questions it. This is the 21st century, all of you. In addition, Stuckey should consider hosting the quiz show “What’s that Orwell quote?” For conservatives who have never read anything from George Orwell.
Conservative radio host Erick Erickson was quick to defend Stuckey, tweeting: “This is absurd. Laurel Hubbard is a man even if Twitter doesn’t like it.” Erickson has a law degree, so you should realize that Twitter is a private company, so it really matters if you “like” what people post on your platform, especially when it comes to hate speech.
Erickson was also suspended for violating Twitter’s clearly stated terms of service. You are still free to insult trans people in the privacy of your own home or on your radio show which I am sure is very popular. She even has her own blog, just like any average preteen with internet access. There is no limit of options for him to share his rudeness with others.
But no, without Twitter there is no freedom! Erickson later stated in a mass email:
Well, it seems that postmodernity has caught up with me. Twitter has suspended me for a factual statement that Twitter employees dislike.
Twitter’s “awake employees” produce the service Erickson uses for free.
In defending Allie Beth Stuckey, who was previously suspended from Twitter for a statement of the truth, I reiterated that the transgender weightlifter from New Zealand is in fact a male … Twitter has suspended me for telling the truth.
Twitter suspended Erickson and Stuckey because the company has rules. Perhaps the company prefers not to be what Medium writer Candice Aiston called “A cesspool of white male toxicity”. Anything is possible, except that Erickson or Stuckey may possess a hint of human empathy. They may not like it, but they coexist in a world with trans people who deserve dignity and respect.
Erickson puts on a great show about the “truth,” as if he were a privileged teenager who is too full of himself to resist expressing his crude and uninformed opinions. I’m no longer 20 with a copy of Nietzsche The Antichrist in my backpack, so I don’t tweet random photos of Christians at a church service with the message, “Your God is foolish and imaginary.” That would make me an idiot.
Erickson’s Twitter suspension was temporary, but he assumes it is only a matter of time before he is permanently banned for “asserting biological truths.” Poor baby.
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