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July 20, 2016

Milo Yiannopolous "Permanently Banned" from Twitter for Calling a Lady Ghostbuster a "Dude"

Or something. He got into it with Leslie Something or Other (I'm not going to learn her name; she's a non-entity) and after she called him racist he went into his standard schtick that he can't be racist, given all the black penises he's entertained.

(Yeah that gets kind of old. But it's not racist.)

She sassed him again he said something like "rejected by a black dude." See, she's a large woman, and not very feminine-looking.

So he got banned for "racism" or something.

How was that racism?

Apparently some of his followers did hector her with more racially edgy stuff -- so is that Twitter's policy now? that if your followers say something untoward, you get banned?

Why does it seem likely to me this is a special rule meant only for conservatives?

I should note the obvious here: This isn't just about anti-conservative bias (though it is that, obviously). It's also about Twitter's entire business model.

Twitter's entire business model is falsely selling users on the idea that they're at a great big online party where they can mingle with celebrities!

ergo, celebrities must be protected like the dainty little queefs they are.

But this whole salespitch is, of course, a lie. Celebrities, by and large, aren't on twitter to talk to the hoi polloi. They're there to impersonally plug their projects. Many celebrities aren't really on twitter at all; they just have assistants tweeting for them.

I've only talked to four celebrities on Twitter, and I knew all of them independently of Twitter. All my time on Twitter, zero additional celebrity contacts made through twitter.

Okay, I "met" one celebrity. He followed me out of the blue -- I wasn't following him -- and I asked why on earth he'd followed me, and he said he thought I was funny.

I had three back and forth interactions with him of about thirty words altogether.

Yeah it was cool. But... one time in nine years. It's not like we're friends now.

And for all I know he followed me randomly and then, out of simple tact, claimed he'd followed me because he thought I was funny.

So that's it. In nine years on Twitter, exactly one -- 1 -- celebrity reached out to me that I didn't already know. And I'm relatively famous -- at least compared to most twitter users.

So what are the odds the average Twitter user is going to strike up a conversation with Allison Brie or Hugh Jackman or whoever?

Zero. Zero percent.

And yet it's this fiction they sell their sad users (and it was this fiction that drew me in), so they have to protect the celebrities who are themselves pretending to actually be on Twitter so that they can have some free advertising.

Twitter is a stupid lie selling the illusion of access to celebrities, and the phantasmal promise that you are just one tweet away from being Discovered, that is packaged and sold to lonely people, hungry for any kind of acknowledgement beyond the four walls of their apartment that they really exist.

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