Last June I told you about the dispute between conservative pundit and comedian Steven Crowder and a Vox.com vlogger named Carlos Maza. Crowder made some mean jokes about Maza on his podcast, and Maza did not appreciate being mocked. Oh no, he did not like it one bit.
Since I started working at Vox, Steven Crowder has been making video after video “debunking” Strikethrough. Every single video has included repeated, overt attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity. Here’s a sample: pic.twitter.com/UReCcQ2Elj
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 31, 2019
Maza threw a fit and, using the Vox resources at his disposal, managed to get Crowder’s YouTube channel demonetized. But Maza didn’t get Crowder kicked off the platform. He didn’t silence Crowder. He failed.
Good lord. @YouTube says it didn’t punish Crowder because he was “focused primarily on debating” when he repeatedly called me a “lispy queer.”
You can harass queer people as much as you want as long as its sandwiched between “debating.”
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) June 5, 2019
I can’t imagine how painful that must’ve been for poor Carlos. Can you even fathom the agony of really wanting somebody to shut up, and then not getting your way? This is America!
And the bad news for Maza continues. Keith J. Kelly, NY Post:
Carlos Maza, the controversial host of the show “Strikethrough,” appears to be on the way out at Vox Media…
Initially, sources said, Vox executives had supported him in his battle with [Steven] Crowder. But as Maza wanted to escalate the all-out war, their support seemed to wane…
Vox Media did not return calls seeking comment. But one source said Maza is negotiating a severance package.
Hmmm. Sounds like Carlos “Maza” gotten a better offer somewhere else! Or maybe Vox is tired of crap like this:
But don’t worry about Maza. He will survive. As long as he knows how to love, you know he’ll stay alive.
hello from the ~shakiest~ few weeks of my life pic.twitter.com/XvGt8hVzPc
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) August 11, 2019
How to survive shit like this:
– “its not in my control”
– “its not actually about me”
– be kind to others
– be kind to yourself
– on bad nights: get high and eat ice cream
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) August 13, 2019
So far so good!
As for Crowder…
I want it to be Christmas.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) August 14, 2019
Whatever happens next for Carlos Maza, I wish him the best of luck. In today’s media ecosphere, there’s always a place for someone who’s willing to work so hard at being a victim.