We’re shocked — shocked! — by this hot scoop from VICE News on the Steven Crowder/YouTube brouhaha:
What YouTube intended as a slap on Crowder’s wrist has instead turned the video creator into a martyr standing against Big Tech overreach. https://t.co/kmDHcgAz4M
— VICE News (@vicenews) June 11, 2019
More from VICE News:
Provoking tech platforms into such awkward public positions could be lucrative in its own right. Crowder claimed in a series of giddy shows last week that YouTube’s selective enforcement of its policies even provided a financial shot in the arm.
As conservatives like Ben Shapiro and self-styled freethinkers like Joe Rogan came to Crowder’s defense, he pushed “Mug Club” memberships at a 30% discount. The deal gave fans access to the right-wing BlazeTV for a year for just $69. And Crowder’s show on Thursday went so far as to nominate Maza as Louder With Crowder’s employee of the month “for selling more Mug Clubs than ever in the company’s history.”
Nearly 86,000 users subscribed to his feed over that 7-day span, according to the analytics firm SocialBlade. That’s up from just 15,000 the week before. Numerous Twitter users likewise shared photos of themselves drinking from official Mug Club mugs.
There was also spillover growth for some Crowder allies. Shapiro — who ran ads about the controversy on Facebook and publishes sponsored content to Crowder’s Facebook page — likewise saw an uptick in YouTube subscribers to his channel for The Daily Wire last week, per SocialBlade.
Who could’ve predicted that something like this would happen?
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 11, 2019
Completely unforeseeable. https://t.co/jVelCgNP74
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 11, 2019
gosh now I wonder how that could happen https://t.co/GVqKIcdCn5
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) June 11, 2019
What wow gosh no way who could have ever seen this happening.
— Dan Goldwasser (@dgoldwas) June 11, 2019
wHo cOuLd hAvE sEeN tHiS cOmiNg
— Brandon ? ?? (@brandonraustin) June 11, 2019
Stevie Wonder could’ve seen this coming.
— K E E G Z (@TS_Theory) June 11, 2019
— Wade Wilson (@Deadp00LLL) June 11, 2019
SJW speech police built this. They made this happen.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 11, 2019
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 11, 2019
— Mister Ferro (@Mister_Ferro) June 11, 2019
— Carlsbadbugkila ™ (@carlsbadbugkil1) June 11, 2019
We’re fresh out of sympathy for these people.
There's a multi-car pile-up on the highway of unintended consequences. https://t.co/g4I3GM4Dd6
— Ben (@BenHowe) June 11, 2019
Everyone saw this coming from so far away. Win the battle of ideas instead of trying to silence the opposition. The latter will always end up backfiring.
— Noah Lombardo (@ndlombardo) June 11, 2019
— Colonel Joe Martin ?? (@GKJoe) June 11, 2019
Meanwhile, there’s no need for VICE to be so humble about this. Why should YouTube take all the credit for royally screwing up?
I wouldn’t discount your role! Y’all should take the credit.
— iMattB (@iMattBell) June 11, 2019