I think Tim Pool is beginning to get past the initial “hate speech is nonsense” reaction, and discovering the moral virtue of hatred. He is not the only one on the warpath against Patreon, of course, but he has become one of the most indignant, and his indignation does not come from prima facie reaction, but from in-depth understanding of what’s going on and who’s doing it.
Patreon really is a good service. It is, don’t get me wrong. It’s actually one of the best services for doing monthly subscriptions in this way. But they are twisted and evil people in my opinion. I don’t use ‘evil’ lightly. I wouldn’t have said ‘evil’ a week ago. I wouldn’t have said ‘evil’ five hours ago. But I read this and this says to me they are evil because this is PR jargon, lies, lies lies lies lies lies. And it’s funny because you can actually get the context of what Sargon said, they include it, and realize what Sargon was trying to do.
For those unaware, Patreon — the subscription-service — dumped Sargon of Akkad for uttering the following line:
I just can’t be bothered with people who chose to treat me like this. It’s really annoying. Like, I — . You’re acting like a bunch of n*****s, just so you know. You act like white n*****s. Exactly how you describe black people acting is the impression I get dealing with the Alt Right. I’m really, I’m just not in the mood to deal with this kind of disrespect.
In other words, Sargon was criticizing racists by comparing them to their own caricatures of disliked ethnic minorities, which does not necessarily accept the validity of those caricatures. If anything, it implicitly denies them. The statement given by Patreon completely misses this context, homing in instead on the word… unless, of course, they are criticizing Sargon’s negative generalization of the Alt-Right.
In this case, Sargon used racial slurs to insult others and specifically linked those slurs with negative generalizations of behavior, in contrast to how people of other races act.
Either they are unpardonably stupid, or they are lying in the most audacious manner.
What’s curious is that Jack Conte — the owner of Patreon — explicitly laid out that Patreon only censors people based upon “manifest observable behavior,” not speech (this was the reason they gave for deplatforming Lauren Southern, after her participation in a maritime migrant-ship deterrence operation in the Mediterranean). Sargon didn’t do anything.
But more incredibly, Sargon didn’t even say this on Patreon. It was on another channel, unconnected in any way from Patreon’s operations (certain videos are uploaded to Patreon feeds, while others are not; this particular video was not subsidized through Patreon, nor did it come through a Patreon-subscription feed). They are, by their own guidelines, outside their jurisdiction:
If you come across what you believe to be hate speech on Patreon, please take the time to report it.
Tim Pool is not exaggerating when he says that these people are evil. They are absolutist in their desire to control other people, and they will lie about it and smirk at you as they lie.
Imagine if your plumbing broke, so you called a plumber, but only plumbing service in your area refuses to fix your toilet because they researched your political views and decided they don’t like you. Imagine the power company operated in this fashion. Or banks. Or grocery stores.
Imagine if doctors operated in this fashion.
These people are evil, and it is a moral failure not to hate evil.