It turns out the man behind the Tucker Carlson boycott is transphobic, racist, and anti-semitic
According to the Daily Caller, Angelo Carusone, the man behind Media Matters and the recently attempted takedown of Tucker Carlson has his own problematic past to answer for. As a matter of fact, it appears that he has used transphobic, racist, and anti-semitic language that’s much worse than the people he generally targets.
In a recently unearthed blog post from 2005, Carusone mocks “trannies,” “tranny lovers,” and a Bangledeshi man. In references to a story about a gang of Thai transvestites, Carusone writes: “Did you notice the word attractive? What the fuck is that doing in there? Is the write[r] a tranny lover too? Or, perhaps he’s trying to justify how these trannies tricked this Bangladeshi in the first place? Look man, we don’t need to know whether or not they were attractive. The fucking guy was Bangladeshi.”
A PhD student at the University of Huddersfield has found himself the subject of a formal investigation after a complaint was filed against him for “transphobia.”
Jonathan Best, who researches and teaches in the music department, broke the news on his personal Twitter, ending an extended social media break to inform his followers and friends of his situation.
Best states the letter of complaint he shared “originated with a student” but “looked like it had gone through a member of staff who submitted it” on the student’s behalf.
The letter reads that the student feared victimization and wished to remain anonymous for that reason, alleging that Best “is in direct conflict with [the University’s] social media conduct policy.” At one point, the student refers the University to Best’s social media and Medium accounts to identify more transphobia, stating “I could not go through much more without harming my own mental health.”
In its conclusion, the letter lists statistics on the drop out rates and violence perpetrated against transgender University students, asserting “we can’t treat these views as just a difference of opinion.”
In complaint file documents verified by The Post Millennial, the complainant includes several screenshots of tweets originating from Best’s personal Twitter account. The tweets are captioned with the complainant’s own interpretation of their transphobic intent.
The tweets included range from general criticism of what Best calls “trans ideology” to praise for and Graham Linehan. Linehan, the co-writer of British comedy series Father Ted, has become an outspoken critic of gender self-identification, and has voiced concern over the early transitioning of young children. In the complaint submitted to the University, the complainant alleges Linehan is a “vocally transphobic individual” with whom Best “positively associates and agree[s] with.”
The complainant also includes screenshots of articles Best has written on Medium, a self-publishing platform. The articles discuss many issues ranging from Best’s own experiences as an HIV positive gay man in the changing LGBT community, to concerns about misogyny and male self-identification in women’s spaces.
Best confirmed he is not currently on any academic penalty or suspension while the investigation is underway, also noting that this is the first complaint that has ever been filed against him.
“I have done nothing deserving of censure from the University whatever!” Best says, adding he believes he has not violated the social media conduct policy. “By any reasonable interpretation of [the policies], no. But it depends on how they are interpreted.”
The University of Huddersfield has extensive policies which appear to guide student and staff social media conduct. As Best is a PhD researcher, his complaint still falls under an allegation of being in violation of the student’s policy. In section 3.2, the policy claims that the University can take disciplinary action against students even for personal views posted to their personal social media accounts. In 3.4, students are warned against disrespecting people’s “feelings,” and that “care should be taken to avoid language which may be deemed offensive to others.”
Huddersfield also has a Trans Student Equality Policy, which outlines nine different forms of investigable discrimination and victimization against transgender students, ranging from “belittling comments” to “displaying or circulating transphobic images and literature.”
At the end of the document, transphobia is defined loosely as “A fear or dislike of transgender people.”
Best takes issue with the vagueness of the policies, stating “If non-belief in the concept of gender identity is deemed transphobic—as it is by the UK Charity Stonewall—then there is a problem with the equality policy infringing my right to free thought and expression.” He continues, “I am not transphobic, and I consider the accusation that I am to be defamatory and lacking any reasonable evidence.”
Best is expected to appear before an investigations committee on Friday, August 9th.
“I do support the University’s policy of investigating all complaints, and I will fully cooperate,” he says, “Hopefully common sense will prevail, and the complaint will be dismissed.”
The University of Huddersfield was contacted by The Post Millennial and has not responded by the time of publication.
The best thing about Snapchat, according to my pre-tween kid, was the puking rainbows filter. It added glitter to wide eyes while emitting a stream of rainbow vomit from an open mouth. He also liked the puppy tongue thing, and anything that turned us into monsters, but what creeped him out was the face swapping filter. Something about seeing my face superimposed on his, his on mine, with the shadows of our original hairlines, made him swipe quickly away and refuse to let me share our mashup on instagram. He didn’t like seeing himself as a girl, and didn’t like seeing me as a boy. But there’s a new Snapchat filter that swaps the genders of users. It’s highly entertaining.
For a good while there, the denizens of social media were posting Snapchat filtered pics all over the place. Girls liked it because the filters basically act as a layer of foundation over every blemish, while widening the eyes, and pixiefying the chin, giving everyone a bit of a baby face. I don’t know why guys liked it, or even if they did. After a while though, social media culture critics, thrashing around wildly searching for something to write up, dug under the false skin of the filters and came up with a theory.
Turns out, the Snapchat filters were racist. In flattening out the surface of our faces, applying a virtual layer of cover-up, and, yes, lightening the tone of our skin, Snapchat was making a judgment on the nature of beauty. Basically, Snapchat’s feminizing filters were proclaiming that lighter skin was more beautiful than darker skin. And for sure, that is a bad look for an app that is literally all about looks. Any photo app will give users the option to wipe away those surface lines, wrinkles, freckles, and scars with a ‘brightness’ filter, to decrease contrast where contrast isn’t wanted, but the Snapchat filters do it in spades.
There was also the unfortunate yellow face filter incident, which mocked old stereotypes of East Asians, was roundly derided as insensitive and just not funny, and removed from the platform. The kerfuffle now is the claim that Snapchat has really crossed the line in going after trans people. Called out by Out, Snapchat’s latest misstep is that they’ve unleashed a filter that allows users to see themselves as the opposite gender.
Out‘s Rose Dommu claims that the filter, which allows users to visibly swap genders, is an anti-trans experience. The reasoning is that it’s all the trans look without any acknowledgment of just how hard it is to live as trans. There are so many things a trans person has to go through, and giving non trans people the option of seeing themselves as the other gender is simply a cruelty to those trans people who struggle everyday with questions about how best to express their identity.
The trans lobby has an unmistakable narcissism that insists that trans issues and identity be centered in near every cultural moment. Women’s March? Nope, not acceptable if it’s not blatantly inclusive of trans. Abortion debates? Not allowed unless it’s clearly pointed out that women aren’t the only ones who can get pregnant, all people with female reproductive systems can. Women’s sports need to center trans, breastfeeding needs to centre trans, women’s clothing sizes need to centre trans, concepts of masculinity and femininity need to centre trans.
This Snapchat filter, however, does centre trans, and it does so without even mentioning it. How subversive! All of us can imagine ourselves as trans for the time it takes to snap a selfie. Those who are trans curious, who wonder, amidst this cultural moment of trans centeredness, what life would look like if they looked hyper gendered in one way or another, can have that chance. This is what trans visibility looks like for the bros and the basics who otherwise can’t wrap their appearance based worldview around it.
So congrats to Snapchat for bringing some trans awareness to their filters, filters that were on the wrong side of history only three short years ago are catching up to the times, and giving all their users a glimpse of what it looks like on the otherwise of the hormone therapy, gendered facial surgery curtain. Isn’t that what’s wanted? For us all to be able to imagine ourselves as fluid, genderless, morphable, androgynes? Far from being harmful to the trans community, this Snapchat filter signal boosts it.
If the goal of trans awareness is, at least in part, greater acceptance of trans people and identity, then this Snapchat filter could actually be a monumental step forward. Men and women have been thoroughly enjoying seeing themselves as the opposite gender, so the filter actually makes people more accepting of the idea of gender fluidity and trans activism. Breathlessly screeching that this fun feature is “transphobic” can only have the opposite effect.