“’Youtube should support the right to free speech without censorship and discrimination.’
“Please go and sign, please go and sign the petition. You know what, we’re not just fighting for us – I hate to use that word fight. I’m not challenging their decision just for us. I’m challenging [Youtube] for ALL of you all, that if you have a conservative voice, or even if you have a voice and is being censored it’s wrong. Because still, that is still, a violation of your freedom –your 1st Amendment your freedom of speech- and you should be able to speak what you want to speak without somebody discriminating against you. Especially if you not even speaking hate speech. You just telling the truth about some things. Hun, they prefer to – Listen. They would prefer to hear well-dressed lies than the naked, nasty truth. And listen. I have to speak my mind, because it hurts me to bite my tongue. I can’t bite it, ya’ll!”
-Diamond and Silk, in a live video tonight (August 16, 2017) on Facebook
According to the Republican TV personalities Diamond and Silk, Youtube has plans to ostracize, isolate, and in a sense silence the voices of those who exercise their freedom of speech by uploading videos, whenever Youtube deems it “hate speech”, “violent extremism”, “controversial”, “religious”, or “supremacist content”. The videos will not be completely removed, only they will be limited to where comments, ads, and recommendation features are all disabled, so that people cannot support the users, and advertisers won’t have to pay for their ads to show on what seems to be offensive content.
How does this affect us as Christians, and how does this make us stronger rather than pull us apart?
Now, there are some things about Diamond and Silk I do not prefer. They use harsh language (which they frequently apologize for doing), they are somewhat extreme I will admit, and some may label their videos as hate speech, but unless either one of them actually commit a crime like stealing, murdering, vandalizing property, or harassing a person in a way that can be taken to court, I don’t agree that their freedom to speak their opinions should be limited, or if so, be fair about it and limit every single video where anyone is stating harsh views, including Republicans, Democrats, Christians, Muslims, LGBT activists, or anyone who expresses any strong viewpoints that are not acceptable to the opposite viewpoint. (I’m not for Youtube limiting everyone, I’m just making the point it is unfair to limit some, not others.) The question I want to ask: why is The Viewer’s View (aka Diamond and Silk)’s expression of views considered hate speech, and deserve a disabled and limited access to Youtube, whenever The View (aka Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Whoopi Goldberg) continues to receive all the benefits of monetization, etc? Only one answer: discrimination.
To speak in defense of Youtube for a minute, I had a conversation about this with someone else and she had a great point: if you don’t like how Youtube does it, go somewhere else and do business. As a business, maybe Youtube (owned by Google) should be able to deny their services to religious activists and extremists, and you may agree depending on if you are for or against that viewpoint.
If you do not agree with Youtube, and want for the video community to stay deep, diverse, inclusive, and accepting, please consider signing Diamond and Silk’s petition, which you can go to and sign at the link below. (Click on the picture.)
Either way, Kat and my Youtube channel (Autumn Angel Art) will not be affected by the demonetization strategy, because we have chosen not to display ads. We have always wanted to keep our channel clean and without distraction; also, to keep our work as a ministry with no worship of money. That, however, is a personal choice and other religious (and not religious) users, I believe, should have the right to make money like anyone else, if that’s what they think is right for their needs.
Therefore, we have decided to sign the petition in respect to all filmmakers’ freedoms and rights, their equal standing with the world, but I also pray that other video sites prosper outside of Youtube. Soon, it may become a matter of conscience for video makers (Christian or not) to do business elsewhere. I know I will be doing research to find other places to upload and include my videos, in case the discrimination levels grow far worse and my channel is also affected or deleted. Perhaps Godtube and Vimeo are other choices?