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Facebook bans conservative comedian’s video for ‘hate speech’

rachel jeantelComedian Steven Crowder’s video making fun of the witness in the George Zimmerman trial was recently banned by Facebook due to a violation of the site’s “hate speech” policy.

In an interview with The Blaze, Crowder said that Facebook didn’t reject the video at first. He paid to advertise the clip and Facebook took the money, and then later removed the video.

“They advertised it Thursday through Friday and then removed it Sunday…or Monday,” Crowder said. “They took the money, advertised it and then took it off.”

Since other media outlets have used the same clip of the Rachel Jeantel’s testimony, his commentary rather than the content itself seems to be what caused the video to be flagged as inappropriate.

The company responded: “While your post may not have been intended as hateful, or discriminatory, the content itself contained speech that is hateful.”

The letter Crowder received from Facebook’s policy team also said he could re-post the content as long as he posts a message “condemning or clarifying the actual hate speech.”

In his video, Crowder shows the clip of Jeantel saying she did not think Trayvon Martin’s description of George Zimmerman as a “creepy a** cracker“ was a racial statement.

“Creepy a** cracka has been a term of endearment used among white folk for years,” Crowder said sarcastically. “Who among us has not referred to a family member as creepy a** cracka?”

Crowder also shows Jeantel saying, “That’s real retarded, sir,” when asked whether Trayvon Martin might have lied to her.

“Now initially that might seem offensive,” Crowder said. “But I understand in this instance it’s different, because, according to the records, the star witness, Rachel, as you’ve seen, would appear to be a special needs person — and so she can use the word. She can say that something is retarded. See, you and I can’t use the word. But only people with special needs can call people retarded.”

Crowder was confused why this video in particular was taken down, as he has made controversial videos in the past. The comedian thought his video about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad was much more likely to be removed than the Zimmerman trial one.

Crowder also points out that Facebook has not flagged pages such as, “Kill Zimmerman“ as “hate speech.” He speculates that his video was removed for political reasons.

Watch Crowder’s “Retarded’ Racist Zimmerman Trial Witness” video below.

 

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