Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) voiced his support for Blaze Media conservative comedian Steven Crowder on Thursday, saying that YouTube's decision to demonetize his page — which boasts nearly four million followers — is "ridiculous."
What are the details?
YouTube announced on Twitter Wednesday that it would no longer allow Crowder's page to generate income as a result of accusations of engaging in allegedly homophobic language.
The Google-owned video platform had been under pressure after Vox writer Carlos Maza organized a campaign attacking the conservative comedian for going on "homophobic" attacks.
"Update on our continued review–we have suspended this channel's monetization," the tweet stated. "We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies."
@gaywonk Update on our continued review–we have suspended this channel’s monetization. We came to this decision bec… https://t.co/BABVu51XRv— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) 1559759972.0
On Thursday, Cruz tweeted, "YouTube is not the Star Chamber — stop playing God & silencing these voices you disagree with. This will not end well."
The Texas Republican also pointed out comedian Samantha Bee's 2018 comments about Ivanka Trump being a "feckless c***" are a prime example of hypocrisy.
"This is nuts," he wrote. "This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why @scrowder is banned, but @iamsambee ('Ivanka is a feckless c***.') & @JimCarrey ('look at my pretty picture of Gov. Kay Ivey being murdered in the womb') aren't. No coherent standard explains it. Here's an idea: DON'T BLACKLIST ANYBODY."
This is ridiculous. YouTube is not the Star Chamber — stop playing God & silencing those voices you disagree with.… https://t.co/r3M2eEhfmV— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1559828081.0
This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why @scrowder is banned, but @iamsambee (“Ivanka is a feckless c***.”) &… https://t.co/X20tP8m5Ap— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1559829728.0
Maza fired back at Cruz's defense of Crowder in an angry tweet.
"A U.S. senator is coming to the defense of someone who spent two years calling me a 'lispy queer,'" Maza wrote. "They do this because they know that @YouTube cares more about looking fair to right-wingers than it does about stopping hate speech and harassment."
A U.S. senator is coming to the defense of someone who spent two years calling me a “lispy queer.” They do this be… https://t.co/hk6ppzYHqF— Carlos Maza (@Carlos Maza) 1559835442.0