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Babylon Bee censored by Twitter

By HatetheSwamp
March 21, 2022 11:40 am
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Gang, I got this email from the BEE today (in part):

Readers of the Bee,

We received a notice from Twitter last night informing us that we've been locked out of our account for engaging in "hateful conduct." Our crime? We jokingly selected Rachel Levine — a prominent transgender government official — as our pick for "Man of the Year." (This was our satirical response to Levine's being named one of the top women of the year by USA Today. Yes, that actually happened.)

We've been told our account will be restored in 12 hours, but the countdown won't begin until we delete the tweet that violates Twitter Rules.

Here's Twitter's statement to the media regarding our account's suspension: "The account you referenced has been temporarily locked for violating our hateful conduct policy. The account owner is required to delete the violative Tweet before regaining access to their account."

Twitter could, of course, delete the tweet themselves. But they won't. It's not enough for them to just wipe it out. They want us to bend the knee and admit that we engaged in hateful conduct.

I can promise you that's not happening. Truth is not hate speech. If the cost of telling the truth is the loss of our Twitter account, then so be it. We won't compromise the truth just to keep our account.

The media has picked up the story now. Even left-wing sites are covering it. I'll be on Tucker Carlson later tonight to talk about it. But a couple of days of media attention doesn't make up for what could potentially be the permanent loss of our Twitter account and the traffic it generates


I actually saw the Rachel Levine headline but didn't read the story. (BTW, Rachel is a Biden administration official now but had been Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's right hand, uh, man when Wolf was at the height of his Big Bro violating of individual freedom during Blue states' goverors' Covid Reign of Terror.)

It seems to me that these days the political right is the home of mirth, lightheartedness and laughter...

...and the left is the bitte valley of death whose logo is a scowl.

The Babylon Bee doesn't spew hate. It is classic satire. Time was, not so long ago, where satire had a happy home among progressives.

I've lamented many times how what it means to be progressive has changed...tragically. Pathetically.

Here's a case in point.


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Comments:

  1. by Curt_Anderson on March 21, 2022 2:30 pm
    Are we sure that Babylon Bee wasn't censored for not being funny?

    As is usual with conservatives, Babylon Bee's headline about Rachel Levine is meanspirited and not especially funny to anybody with a more than fifth grade level of intelligence. Conservatives pine for the days when denigrating and making fun of minorities was acceptable behavior.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on March 21, 2022 2:53 pm

    Bahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Two words: George (effin) Carlin


    What happened to you lefties!!!!!?


  3. by Curt_Anderson on March 21, 2022 3:02 pm
    Cite an example of George Carlin ever making fun of minorities or any individuals, or ever being meanspirited.

    Wait, are you thinking he might have hurt some biblical character's feelings?


  4. by HatetheSwamp on March 21, 2022 4:16 pm

    Babylon Bee Writers Struggling To Come Up With New Material After Twitter Bans 1 Of Their 2 Jokes

    ""Guys, what are we going to do?!" cried Editor-in-Chief Kyle Mann while pacing back and forth. "Those 'man-identifies-as' jokes represent almost all our material! We're finished! FINISHED, I tell you!"

    "Come on guys, THINK!" said the Bee's Managing Editor Griswold Dingleberry. "There's gotta be something we can joke about! Has anyone ever made fun of airline food? What if we tell a joke about a rabbi and a priest walking into a bar? Has that been done?" 

    Experts warn that unless they come up with a new joke, The Babylon Bee could potentially lose its status as the all-time king of marginally acceptable satire."

    babylonbee.com


  5. by Donna on March 22, 2022 9:01 am
    While I think that BB piece is in poor taste, I also think that censoring it was going too far. But since Twitter is a privately owned company, I support their right to take the action they took.


  6. by HatetheSwamp on March 22, 2022 9:12 am

    Tell me what satire that skewers what you believe in that you like. The late, great Rush Limbaugh maybe?



  7. by Donna on March 22, 2022 9:18 am
    Do you think the BB would ever call Laverne Cox a man?


  8. by HatetheSwamp on March 22, 2022 9:40 am

    No offense but, who?


  9. by Donna on March 22, 2022 11:23 am
    No offense taken.

    No offense, but do you know how to use a search engine?


  10. by Curt_Anderson on March 22, 2022 11:26 am
    Donna,
    HtS is still searching for examples of George Carlin meanly making fun of minorites.


  11. by HatetheSwamp on March 23, 2022 4:01 am

    Okay, Donna, I now know what there is to know from Wikipedia.

    I still can't answer your question. What is it about Cox that is unique and distinctive enough to inspire your question?

    I think I noted that I didn't read the Rachel Levine article but, generally, the BEE focuses on the absurdities created by a person's claim to "identify"...




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