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A Youtuber Told Walmart Employees That They Were Fired As A Prank, Now Users Want Her Blocked From The Platform

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YouTube couple Joel and Lauren live for uploading videos. You could say that’s their profession. With 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube — and millions more following them on other channels and Instagram, Joel and Lauren must know a thing or two about pranks, vlogging, and challenges. At least that’s what they claim to be: experts at knowing what is funny. Their latest prank, however, did not go over well with their audience — or anyone for that matter, and for a good reason.

It was far from funny.

Joel and Lauren pulled their latest prank and made a joke out of hardworking Walmart employees.

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Let me recap what went down. On April 23, in a YouTube video titled “CEO Firing People Prank” (which has since been deleted), Lauren dressed in a short-haired wig and said, “So, I’m going to be going up to Walmart employees and basically observing them and then I’m going to be, like, ‘You’re fired, let me see your badge.'”

In the video, Lauren approaches different Walmart employees and tells some of them “good job” and others that they have done a “bad job” and that they are fired.

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According to Click2Houston, Lauren would tell people that it was just a prank. For the most part, Walmart employees didn’t seem to mind that some random woman was firing them. Then the prank just spiraled into cruelty.

Lauren approached Maria Leones, an immigrant from the Philippines, who’s worked at Walmart for six years.

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Lauren went up to Leones, who was working at the register, and said: “I’m in charge now and I don’t appreciate the way you’re working so I’m going to need to see your badge and vest.”

Leones was in complete shock and thought about how her insurance covers the medical needs of her husband. She began to cry and plead for her job.

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In an interview with a local news station, Leones explained that her husband recently underwent a quadruple bypass after a heart attack and depends on her to cover his medical bills. Lauren then realized the nature of her cruelty and began to apologize.
“I’m sorry, don’t cry. You’re OK. I’m sorry. You’re not fired. You’re doing a really good job,” Lauren says in the video.

Love concluded her video saying “Hope you guys enjoyed the video. It was honestly hilarious, it turned out really well,”  after saying that she felt so bad for Leones that she offered her woman $50. Leones said she never got the money.

Walmart doesn’t see the humor in the joke either.

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A spokesperson for the company told People Magazine in a statement that Love was banned from their stores.

“This prank is offensive and the people responsible are no longer welcome in our stores. We’ve taken actions on behalf of our associates, including asking YouTube to remove the video and calling their attention to the bullying nature of this hoax,” the statement read. “Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support.”

People on social media are letting the Youtuber have it.

Next time a weird person comes up to you at Walmart, you must be ready.

People will recognize Lauren with a short wig from now (she wears it often in her pranks). So if you see her coming, you know what to do.

We don’t support violence, but perhaps a pretend body-slam?

Why did they ever think this would be funny?

They definitely went too far.

Yeah, there was nothing funny about it.

With so much division in the country, do we really need people playing with their emotions, especially when it concerns work and medical insurance?

So what did Walmart have to say about all of this? It wasn’t good.

In a statement provided by Click2Houston, Wallmart said: “This prank is offensive and the people responsible are no longer welcome in our stores. We’ve taken actions on behalf of our associates, including asking YouTube to remove the video and calling their attention to the bullying nature of this hoax. Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support.”

Yikes, Joel and Lauren better find a new place to get diapers but don’t even think about pulling this crap at Target. We’re watching you!

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YouTube Personality Bought Michigan Town, Renamed It Gay Hell And Outlawed All Flags Except Pride Flags

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YouTube Personality Bought Michigan Town, Renamed It Gay Hell And Outlawed All Flags Except Pride Flags

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Hell, Michigan has always been an amusing tourist spot. They cater to people who want to get married in the fiery pits of Hell, you can buy the opportunity to be mayor of Hell for a day — hell, even their website is a cheeky GoToHellMI.com.

But even Hell needs a shake-up now and then, which, in this case, comes in the form of new ownership.

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A YouTube personality and LGBTQ activist has bought the tiny town of Hell, Michigan to help celebrate Pride Month with a middle finger to the Trump administation’s policy against flying Pride flags at US Embassies.

Welcome to Gay Hell, Michigan.

That’s the message from comedian and internet personality Elijah Daniel, who “bought” the small, unincorporated community of Hell, Michigan and renamed it in protest of President Donald Trump this week. He also decreed that the only flags allowed to fly in the city are Pride flags.

The new owner made it his first official act to ban all flags except Pride flags.

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Daniel admitted the flag thing is a joke, flags for everyone! Because that’s freedom.

This isn’t the first time Daniel has used Hell as a statement against Trump.

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Back in 2017, he took advantage of their Mayor-for-a-Day program and banned heterosexuality. Part of his proclamation demanded that any heterosexuals who did not participate in heterosexual reparation therapy would be required to wear both a scarlet letter “H” and cargo shorts.

He was impeached immediately.

But now, as owner, he has been able to make an even bigger statement. And the gays and our hellish allies are reacting appropriately.

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Many are already planning their move to be part of the enterprising community of Gay Hell.

Other’s asked the new owner to also annex the nearby city of Climax…for obvious reasons.

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Because Gay Climax sounds like even more fun than Gay Hell.

One Twitter user actually grew up nearby Hell, Michigan and loves the name change!

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Not sure what hearsefest is…but glad that even Michigan locals are enjoying the name change.

And according to the new owner, the city already has everything you actually need in a city.

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And don’t forget, tons of Pride flags!

So is Gay Hell, Michigan here to stay for all eternity?

Probably not. He appears to be taking advantage of his contacts in the community to temporarily buy and rename the town for some “Hellish humor.”

“It’s all in good fun, Hell style,” town officials wrote on Facebook.

The Michigan native’s latest stunt isn’t meant to be taken seriously long-term, town officials said, but with media organizations across the globe taking note, Daniel’s message is being heard loud and clear.

“I’m getting my audience involved in politics by doing it in a funny way,” he told CNN. “I’m just from Michigan and every time we drove past we knew that town, oh that’s Hell. I just thought turning it into Gay Hell would be funny.”

READ: Pride Celebrations Are Happening Around The World And The Biggest Ones Are Taking Place In Latin America

Right-Wing YouTuber Threw Homophobic And Racist Insults At A Gay Reporter And YouTube Did Nothing

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Right-Wing YouTuber Threw Homophobic And Racist Insults At A Gay Reporter And YouTube Did Nothing

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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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