In a recent segment of the Freespeech.TV show Get Off My Lawn, Gavin McInnes sat down with Ali Alexander to discuss the cultural implications of deplatforming and the suspension of Culttture from Twitter.
A notification sent to Culttture by Twitter Support outlined multiple DMCA complaints, filed by several companies in the entertainment industry, over the linking or embedding of relevant content in news articles.
Alexander pointed out that at least one of the DMCA complaints was in reference to content that falls well within the purview of the Fair Use doctrine.
Aggressive copyright claims are a common tactic used to silence voices of dissent or those whose political viewpoints run counter to the claimant’s own. Culttture was just the latest in a string of targeted takedowns of non-liberal voices in a broad push to remove the site from the public sphere.
It seems likely that the only thing Culttture was guilty of is association with the “wrong crowd.”
GM: “And, it’s ironic, because you guys started this thing to say, ‘alright, these people are getting banned, they don’t have a voice, let’s give them a voice,’ then you gave them a voice, and now you’re banned.”
Alexander then went on to hint at friends within the Twitter apparatus and a Twitter middle-management vendetta against him. He further suggested that Culttture would be back on Twitter regardless of the appeal result.
Continuing on the same thread, Alexander opined that people like McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Alex Jones are newsworthy and their plight affects the decisions of policy makers at the congressional and even presidential level.
It seems only right that if certain voices are affecting public policy, then the public ought to have access to those voices regardless of their political and social opinions.
AA: “Why is Culttture banned, but not Media Matters?”
Though they often report on the same stories, Alexander suggested it’s because the two outlets have “different perspectives,” and that Culttture staff “like to report and not dox.”
GM: “It can’t be a coincidence that you, also, were on the radar recently for pointing out that Kamala Harris doesn’t have the black experience.”
A tweet from Alexander, pointing out the erroneous claims to the “American Black” experience, recently landed him in the spotlight of liberal media outrage.
From blogs to “journo-list twittersphere” to cable and broadcast news, all the liberal news outlets were up in arms over Alexander’s tweet warning the American voter that, “Hey, this is Becky with the good hair.”
The line of discussion then moved into racial identity pandering. Harris attended Howard University, as did the infamous “transracial” figure Rachel Dolezal, jogging Alexander’s memory of an interview in which Chris Matthews asks his guest if Harris is “Seen as African-American.”
In an affirmative response Matthews guest, Jamal Simmons replied “she’s African-American. The fact that she was at Howard University today” and that her campaign headquarters was located in South Carolina was proof enough for him.
GM: “You learned all your ‘blackness’ in just four years.”
After reminiscing over Harris’s claims that she listened to Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur while smoking weed in college, though she graduated years before either would release and album, McInnes quipped that, “she had her finger on the pulse.”
Alexander then delivered a scathing criticism of what he views as disingenuous pandering from prominent Democrats seeking to secure black votes.
AA: “Yeah, doesn’t she remind you a little bit of Hillary Clinton … ‘I’ve got hot sauce in my bag‘ … faking this whole experience, voters want you to be yourself … democrats are never authentic about it, and we know why: because they lock up blacks, they promise blacks, you know, 40 acres and a mule, they do nothing for them. They’re trying to turn this country into a ‘latinx’ country, while promising black people … that they’ll give them whatever for their votes, and they still need black votes for the next decade or two … it’s just lie after lie.”
GM: “This is the kind of talk that gets you banned, you should stop it, now.”
As the conversation was drawing to a close, McInnes suggested that the Twitter Suspension had “nothing to do with Hollywood copyrights, and everything to do with you daring to utilize free speech.”
Ali Alexander, in his final remarks, agreed with the analysis, but defiantly declared that Culttture will continue to spread the voices of those silenced by MSM partisanship by developing presences on alternative social platforms.
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