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Today is the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe, a solemn day to remember that, hey, there are things more important than your buddy’s YouTube channel getting demonetized because he used that platform to sell shirts with gay slurs on them.
For the uninitiated: A writer for Vox recently called out YouTube for the harassment he was receiving from Steven Crowder, saying that the comedian/conservative pundit called him slurs in videos, which violated YouTube’s policies. YouTube demonetized his channel as punishment.
What does this have to do with soldiers storming the Omaha Beach in a hail of gunfire on June 6, 1945?
Glad you asked.
“75 years ago: young Americans braved Nazi fire on beaches to liberate a continent and defend Constitutional rights,” far-right provocateur Ben Shapiro wrote. “Today: young Americans whine about people making mean jokes about them on YouTube and demand censorship.”
75 years ago: young Americans braved Nazi fire on beaches to liberate a continent and defend Constitutional rights.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 6, 2019
Today: young Americans whine about people making mean jokes about them on YouTube and demand censorship.
Damn. Makes you think. If only there were young Americans serving in war zones right now, as well as for, oh, the past 20 years
Hey Ben did you know there’s been a US war on in every year since you turned enlistment age in, uh, 2001 https://t.co/g22WDP7ufe— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) June 6, 2019
Over 4 million young Americans have now served in the military since 9/11 during the longest war in American history. You, Ben, aren’t one of them. Sounds like you’re part of the problem.— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) June 6, 2019
very true! the troops were brave back then. now, they're all pussies— post this report (@husbandsrevenge) June 6, 2019
Shapiro, himself, as many pointed out, advocated for those wars that he’s now complaining about Americans not fighting in.
There was a whole other level of hypocrisy and irony in that Shapiro was the one whining about YouTube on Twitter.
“The self-own here is that on D-Day, this millennial is whining about YouTube,” conservative writer Christian Vanderbrouk tweeted in response.
Imagine making the D-Day anniversary about your friend’s YouTube channel. https://t.co/OgPQcCgRWJ— Daniel Ketchell (@ketch) June 6, 2019
The self-own here is that on D-Day, this millennial is whining about YouTube. https://t.co/DA7X8kI4TJ— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) June 6, 2019
And since Ben has never complained about anything ever he’s going to honor the sacrifice of D-Day by complaining. https://t.co/jwHEK14IUm— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) June 6, 2019
Says the "young American" who whined about having his *own quotes* read back to him during an interview and then walked out of that interview in a huff. https://t.co/CcTKEM2TZ0— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) June 6, 2019
Thankfully, all those veterans fought for Shapiro’s right to make D-Day all about himself.
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