YouTube Faces Backlash for Demonetizing Conservative Comedian, Struggles to Come Up With Consistent Policy

YouTube seemingly managed to make both sides mad after struggling to justify why it demonetized conservative comedian Steven Crowder.

Crowder found out Wednesday that his YouTube channel would no longer be eligible for monetization on its platform after Vox reporter Carlos Maza called out the comedian for offensive jokes about his sexuality.

This debacle started after Maza took to Twitter to condemn YouTube for allowing Crowder to have a platform for his videos when Maza sees Crowder’s jokes as homophobic and offensive.

Maza specifically noted that he wasn’t as concerned about Crowder’s content as he was that YouTube allowed him to post it in the first place.

In response to Maza’s concerns, YouTube spiraled into disarray as it tried to come up with a way to appease Maza while taking actions consistent with its rules regarding Crowder.

Its responses could easily give someone whiplash:

  • First, YouTube tweeted that it found Crowder’s comments offensive but not in violation of any of the platform’s rules, writing that “opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site.”
  • Crowder celebrated the decision, noting that YouTube would have to demonetize major YouTube channels, including those of late-night shows like Samantha Bee, if it started banning crude jokes.
  • Less than 24 hours after YouTube’s tweet, Crowder tweeted that YouTube had demonetized his show. The platform also tweeted to Maza, letting him know about its decision.
  • Maza didn’t think YouTube went far enough. He believes Crowder should be removed from YouTube because he still has a platform to sell his own merchandise, which is the comedian’s predominant source of income.
  • Crowder sells a “Socialism Is for F*gs” shirt depicting Che Guevara. The comedian has noted several times that the astricts is actually a fig plant and represents the word “fig” because Guevara was captured in La Higuera, which translates to “The fig tree.”
  • YouTube then confused everyone by saying that Crowder’s channel would be eligible for monetization after he got rid of the links to the shirt.
  • Finally, YouTube took to Twitter to say Crowder was demonetized no matter what.

Crowder confirmed that he had been notified that his channel had been permanently demonetized for his offensive jokes against Maza. The comedian warned that he was demonetized and that it was going to impact other people who use YouTube.

It didn’t take long for him to be proved right, as reports of other channels being targeted by YouTube quickly surfaced. The channel News2Share was demonetized for filming a neo-Nazi as he was flattened for denying the Holocaust and in no way endorsed the notion.

Even Maza took to Twitter to question why reporter Ford Fischer’s channel had been demonetized.

YouTube continues to scramble to put together coherent guidelines for when a channel will be demonetized from its platform, though that hasn’t been going well, either. One set of criteria for its “hate speech” guidelines includes protection for people regardless of their “immigration status.”

This left many concerned that any video about illegal immigration could result in demonetization in the same way that Fischer’s channel was hit for covering comments made by Holocaust deniers.

This inconsistent response from YouTube caught the attention of many, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who warned that censorship would not “end well.”

Neither Maza nor Crowder left this feud with a win. Both sides are deeply concerned about YouTube’s response. Maza claimed that allowing Crowder to remain on the platform confirms that YouTube does not care about the LGBTQ community.

Meanwhile, middle-of-the-road reporters like Fischer are caught in the crossfire with their income put on hold because YouTube can’t make up its mind about policing its platform.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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Qaz Wiz

it’s time to demonetize Vox

Ron Pauly

Just let people say what they want. I just don’t listen to videos I don’t like. Personal choice, Freedom!


Maza’s vocabulary seems quite limited. Someone should give him an f-in’ Thesaurus.

Timoteo Suazo

Seems pretty simple, ban anything not liberal. That is where it is all headed anyway. Stop pretending to struggle with your fascist tendencies and just do it already.

Gerald D Cline Jr.

They have a consistent policy. If you are left-wing you are exercising your First Amendment Rights no matter what you say or do. If you right-wing you are engaged in hate-speech, and are censored no matter what you say or do. They do it every time. How consistent can you get?


This perfectly illustrates why you can’t define “hate speech”, let alone attempt to ban it. Everything is offensive to someone. Youtube just needs to stop. They should tell Maza to grow the hell up or get off of Youtube if he can’t take the angry words people throw at him. He should find another safe space to crawl into.


Bitchute, DailyMotion, Vimeo, dTube – YouTube is NOT essential. Move to another and take your followers with you.

Eventually, the way this gets fought off is by MySpace-like Exodus from YouTube for it’s stupid views.

Alfred Rodino

Why is it so difficult for the left to understand that the first amendment does not allow your feelings to enter into the equation . There are lots of offensive acts the go on and so what Please grow up words are just that words this PC culture is ruining our society and it is time for us to stand up and renounce it. I feel sorry for the people who can’t cope with the cruel world they live in and I am sorry your mommy and daddy didn’t prepare you for reality so it will be a bumpy ride… Read more »





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