So yesterday was full of heated reaction to Trump’s Twitter proclamations; where he announced plans to ban trans people from the US military. As plenty of creators and brands voiced their support for trans rights, among them was, controversially, YouTube.
YouTube tweeted an image of the trans pride flag, with the slogan “Trans Rights Are Human Rights”.
“We stand with those who bravely serve,” reads the tweet. Also, included on the flag was a small play button logo in the bottom corner; because, y’know, branding.
But people were having absolutely none of it.
Following YouTube’s controversial track record, with their Restricted Mode censoring LGBTQ+ content earlier in the year (and still causing issues for many video-makers), creators and viewers were quick to point out the hypocrisy.
But others focused on the constant slew of abuse that trans creators receive on the site.
As the rise of extreme right-wing skeptics carries on across YouTube, trans creators who discuss their experience publicly find themselves at the mercy of hundreds of thousands of malicious viewers and creators alike. But YouTube has failed to do very much about it.
So it just goes to show; if you want to voice your support for a movement as a giant corporate entity, make sure your track record is clean first.
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