YouTube Conservative Commentator Calls Out Censorship
But Crowder does some things that make me cringe.
In one video, he dresses as a stereotypical Chinese man and dunks a baby doll into a glass of water while an announcer says it's "cultural appropriation month."
I tell him: "Depending which things of yours I watch, I'm either honored or horrified that I influenced you. You're drowning a blonde doll in a glass of water? I don't even understand the joke."
Crowder pushes back, explaining that the episode is about China's one-child policy, which "resulted in countless girls being drowned in a bathtub. ... I don't think the joke is more offensive than the policy."
Another "joke" that I didn't get: Crowder mocks the part of the COVID-19 stimulus bill that gives $5 billion to farmers of color. He imitated a Black man, saying, "I'mma buy a plow, man...!"
Other media jumped on him for that. "Incredibly racist," said Francesca Fiorentini of The Young Turks.
"That was a joke," Crowder responds. "We go into an impression of hipsters in Detroit and African Americans living out on farms. It's a fish out of water tale. It's funny... I shouldn't have to justify every joke that I make."
I push back. "But the way you did it was mean, nasty. I don't blame YouTube for saying, 'I don't want this on our channel.'"
This upset Crowder. "I thought you had a better sense of humor than that," he replies.
Crowder points out that YouTube is not consistent about what it limits. Conservatives like him, he complains, are more likely to be censored.