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William Shatner: ‘I am appalled that Reddit allows homophobia and racism’

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  1. Love this man. And agree, although I see Reddit’s point as well. It’s just unfortunately the ugly side of freedom of speech.

  2. Appreciate Mr Shatner’s comments.

    That said, when it comes to sexism and homophobia (never experienced racism so wouldn’t comment) I’d honestly shrug that off as the inane mental incontinence of insecure little boys. It’s the other despicable stuff on the site – from abuse images to rape apologism and so forth – that means I wouldn’t touch reddit with a 1000 yard cattleprod.

    Most unmoderated sites will descend into chaos and end up resembling a crowd of shrieking howler monkeys who rub their own feces in their hair for just a moment of attention. Reddit is no different and I find it absurd that it has an ounce of credibility.

  3. He’s clearly never looked the comments on YouTube.

    1. I can’t bear to read YouTube comments half the time, the jaw-dropping quantity of moronic and hateful stupidity you can find on it – especially with anything to do with gayness – is just too depressing.

      1. I second that.

        It’s just awful. There’s a lot of ageism on there too, particularly directed against women in the music industry. It’s a hotbed of racism, sexism and homophobia, in a large percentage of videos I’ve seen there’s an argument that usually contains these unpleasantries.

    2. womandrogyne 11 Feb 2013, 6:24pm

      I am constantly reminded of this wonderful cartoon…
      http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/listen_to_yourself.png

  4. Hodge Podge 11 Feb 2013, 6:34pm

    The LGBT subreddits are great, and moderated to differing degrees. However there are some horrendous bits of Reddit for sure.

    Reddit knows how bad it is- thats why there’s subreddits like r/Sh*tRedditSays and r/TheTransphobiaProject. WHat can I say, it’s better than 4chan.

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