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Why Do Mexico’s Football Fans Keep Going Unpunished For Shouting Homophobic Slurs At Opposing Players

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If you’ve ever been to a sports match, it’s pretty likely you’ll encounter some serious macho behavior from fans and players alike.

Things are typically no different at soccer games – even world-class events like the World Cup or the Copa Americana – where homophobic slurs are often used to taunt opposing teams.

Unfortunately, that was again the case at this weekend’s Copa Ora game between Mexico and Cuba.

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It’s an all too familiar scene at soccer matches, but espeically at those where Mexican futbol fans go. It starts with the building chant of “Eeeehhhhhh” and ends with the homophobic punctuation of “puto.”

On Saturday both the Rose Bowl and Concacaf allowed the anti-gay and homophobic “puto” chant to descend on the crowd as many as 50 times, according to video and people on Twitter.

The response by both Concacaf and the stadium to try to stop the chant were designed to fail and simply pay lip service to people trying to stop the discriminatory behavior.

The chant during Mexico’s 7-0 routing of Cuba was widespread, very loud and involved a huge number of people in the stands.

For many fans it was alarming.

Here, on international television and in front of some 65,000 people, was an anti-gay slur, the Spanish equivalent of “faggot,” being hurled in unison by hundreds of fans at an opposing goalkeeper.

Yet in many ways, it was routine and perhaps even easy to ignore.

After all, authorities did just that for years, as the taunt spread from Mexican club games to the national team last decade. It soon became a community staple, a rite of passage for match-going fans, a so-called tradition that follows the Mexican team almost everywhere it goes.

Just last year at the World Cup in Russia, global soccer’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings after the chant accompanied German goal kicks during Mexico’s World Cup opener. FIFA not only fined the Mexican federation but threatened more sanctions. It also promised to revoke Fan IDs – essentially tickets – and eject anybody caught yelling the slur.

The “puto” chant is anti-gay and is designed to belittle opposing male players by likening them to prostitutes and women.

The chant is, at its core, indisputably anti-gay and FIFA itself has labeled the chant discriminatory.

Yet soccer organizations allow the chant to persist, negatively affecting LGBTQ fans, players and coaches.

Some on Twitter didn’t mince words in their reaction to Mexico’s fans.

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A lot of fans took to Twitter to express their anger and embarrassment at their own team for continuing to act in such a hurtful and childish way.

While a very small minority to continue to claim that the word has zero homophobic meaning.

While some pointed out the inconsistency between different leagues.

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Because apparently any homophobic slurs are completely banned at Los Angeles Football Club matches but the Rose Bowl Stadium doesn’t have a similar ban.

One Twitter user even tweeted a potential solution – at least for those watching the game on TV.

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I mean muting the very moment when the chant is about to happen is one way to shield viewers from the blatant homophobia…

Or, I mean, fans could just stop.

Sponsored – How Every Soccer Mom Feels During Fútbol Season

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Sponsored – How Every Soccer Mom Feels During Fútbol Season

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Being a mom is special for so many reasons. There’s the love that you have for your child, for starters. And then there’s all the amazing things that come along with parenting – helping your kiddo as they learn to read and write, watching them make friends, and of course, the moment that they join their first sports team. In this case little league soccer

Despite the craziness of life and balancing of hectic schedules, a fútbol mom always finds that magical, unexpected energy when it’s time to cheer on their baby at a soccer match.

Here’s how every soccer mom feels during fútbol season (aka the craziest sport season).

1. You’re besties with all the other soccer moms.

Let’s be real: one of the best parts about being a soccer mom is all the chisme. Latina moms love to be social, so it’s no surprise that you love soccer season. You keep up with all the gossip with the other moms, while everyone cheers on their kids.

2. There’s always a fear of running out of snacks.

There is nothing scarier than a bunch of ravenous, hungry little soccer players, and luckily fútbol mamás always turn out when it comes to snack duty. Is there a little competition to be the mom with the best snacks? Of course there is. This is little league soccer, people – it’s serious.

3. You have to be the mom who cheers the loudest.

If you don’t lose your voice from cheering, were you ever really there? It doesn’t matter how long, busy, stressful the week leading up to the game was or how crazy work and life got – soccer moms always have that surge of unexpected energy when it comes to a fútbol game.  

4. It’s better to pretend you saw your kid make a goal than say the truth: you were scrolling through Instagram.

It’s impossible to catch every single goal that a kid makes, give yourself a break. Sometimes it’s just better to pretend to have seen the goal than to confess that you missed it because of Instagram. Moms are only human, ok!

5. You know when it’s time to bust out the custom-made soccer jerseys.

Those fabulous fútbol jerseys you made that say, “Go team go!” on them. Your kids might be mortified by these, but totally worth an eye roll from them.

6. Rain or shine, you’re there. With ponchos and umbrellas for everyone!

Being prepared – and not just with snacks and cheers. You’re prepared for every single situation, including bad weather. The other moms are grateful when you start handing out the extra rain ponchos and umbrellas. Your over-prepared abuela would be proud.

7. You’re ready to step in as the coach at a moment’s notice.

You’re not just a fan of your kid, you’re also a huge fan of fútbol itself! You know the game better than anyone, and you’re ready to step in as a substitute coach whenever they might need you. Which, of course, is rarely ever, but a soccer mom can dream, can’t she?

There’s something so fun about being a soccer mom. Life can be so busy and stressful, but when that unexpected energy hits you the second you pull up to the fútbol field, there’s simply nothing better.

After Backlash, YouTube Is Finally Stepping Up To Combat Hate Speech From One Particularly Awful YouTuber And It’s About Time

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After Backlash, YouTube Is Finally Stepping Up To Combat Hate Speech From One Particularly Awful YouTuber And It’s About Time

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YouTube has long claimed to have zero tolerance for hate speech, cyberbullying, or discrimination. But one journalist’s recent Tweet storm has shown that the video platform really isn’t enforcing its own policies to prevent it.

So today, YouTube announced that it will prohibit videos that promote discrimination. To make things even more complicated, today’s announcement comes less than 24 hours after YouTube said they wouldn’t take any action.

All of this drama started when Carlos Maza, who works as a journalist at Vox, uploaded

videos and tweets showing how much anti-gay and anti-Latino bullying and discrimination he was facing from the YouTube community.

This is one of his tweets that started the entire conversation around YouTube and its role in preventing online harassment.

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Carlos Maza spoke up about harassment he’s experienced from YouTuber Steven Crowder and his fans.

In a Twitter thread, Maza explained that after each episode of his Vox show ‘Strikethrough’, he will “wake up to a wall of homophobic/racist abuse on Instagram and Twitter.”

He called out “mind-melting” levels of homophobia he experiences on YouTube, a platform that prides itself on being an inclusive, queer-friendly site.

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The platform is even celebrating Pride month by changing its own YouTube profile picture. But they won’t protect the LGBTQ community from hateful speech and online bullying.

This is just one of the many examples Maza shared on Twitter.

There are many videos and examples of obvious homophobia and anti-Latino sentiment in Crowder’s videos. But YouTube originally declined to do anything about it.

Like, really YouTube, this shirt wasn’t enough to classify as hateful speech?!

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I mean I don’t think homophobia gets clearer than wearing a shirt that says “socialism is for f*gsI How much proof did they want?

Maza even put YouTube on blast among other LGBTQ YouTubers.

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He’s absolutely right though. I mean how can YouTube say they have the LGBTQ community’s back but then allow harmful hate speech?

Other’s chimed in adding that much of the speech Crowder was using was so blatantly homophobic they were shocked YouTube wasn’t acting.

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YouTube’s harassment policy, states that “content that makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person” is not allowed on the platform.

Maza calls out the video hosting service in the Twitter thread for not only allowing Crowder to continue to make content, but also for making money off of him. “YouTube is designed to give those a**holes a megaphone, push new followers in their directions, and keep them listening. It’s a weapon,” Maza wrote in the thread.

YouTube first responded to the controversy saying they wouldn’t take any actions against Crowder or similar content.

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On Tuesday, in a series of tweets, YouTube said that Crowder’s near-constant harassment of Maza contained “hurtful” language, but that it did not violate its policies. This left many confused because according to YouTube, they have a policy against hate speech. If this wasn’t hate speech then what was it?

Apparently, according to YouTube, calling someone a “lispy queer” is just debating.

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That response had people outraged.

Then after major public outcry, YouTube reversed its decision less than 24 hours later.

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On Wednesday, YouTube announced that it will prohibit videos that promote discrimination or segregation based on things like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Thousands of channels are expected to be affected by the policy change but it’s not clear if Crowder’s account will be affected.

The post also said that the platform will be reducing what it calls “borderline content, such as ”videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat.”

It’s great that YouTube finally made the right choice to start enforcing their own policy against hate speech and cyberbullying. But what took them so long?

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