Indian YouTuber Carry Minati’s roast video, which went viral last week has been removed from Google’s video streaming platform
YouTube says the video has been removed for violating the platform’s terms of service.
Fans are expressing their outrage on Twitter with the narrative centred around the YouTube vs TikTok feud, which has escalated during the coronavirus lockdown.
Carry Minati, the 20-year old YouTube sensation with over 16 million subscribers, can’t be happy that his most viral video till date, YouTube vs TikTok — The End, was removed from the platform for violating its ‘ terms of service’.
YouTube’s policies do not allow videos that use slurs and stereotypes to incite, bully, harass or promote hatred based on Sexual Orientation, Biological Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Physical Traits, Religion, etc.
The video was reported by several users because it was aimed to attack other content creators using homophobic slurs such as Meetha (meaning ‘sweet’ but used as an insult, citing lack of ‘masculinity’) and Pari (meaning ‘Fairy’, used to misgender). Note that in South Asia, it is a common practice to insult others by calling them gay or transgender. Further, Ajey says that TikTok creators can be sold at a Meethai ki Dukaan (sweet shop) for ₹200, referring to the homophobic slur Meetha. Throughout the video, he resorts to the common homophobic practice of misgendering by addressing the creator as Beti (daughter).
Despite reporting, the video remained on the platform, due to which, several individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies spoke against the use of homophobic and transphobic slurs to demean other individuals. LGBTQ+ youths face bullying and harassment from an early age, and when popular, homophobic creators like Ajey Nagar use homophobic slurs, it makes lives of LGBTQ+ persons even more difficult. An LGBTQ+ advocacy group called Yes, We Exist posted an article that I published yesterday about this issue. Concerned users in large numbers tagged YouTube and Google CEO, Sundar Pichai to bring this issue to their attention.
The voice of the LGBTQ+ community was finally heard, and the video has now been deleted by YouTube. Additionally, YouTube removed two videos by another Indian YouTuber Lakshay Chaudhary, who, too, was using transphobic and homophobic slurs to insult other individuals.
His fans definitely aren’t happy that Google’s video streaming service chose to remove Minati’s most viral video till date — garnering 7 million views in under a week and doubling his subscriber base from 8 million — with #CarryMinati and #JusticeForCarry showing up as the two top trends on Twitter.
In YouTube’s defence, it updated its harassment policy in December 2019 stating, “We will not tolerate harassment.” And, Carry Minati’s YouTube video was a pretty targetted attack at TikTok’s self-proclaimed social influencer Amir Siddiqui — dismantling Siddiqui’s video line-by-line. YouTube has not responded to Business Insider’s request for comment at the time of publishing this article.
Even though Minati’s whole IP on YouTube is reacting and roasting popular TV shows or celebrities, this is the first time that he posted a video roasting a single individual. Something that he himself confessed in the YouTube vs TikTok - The End video. The ongoing feud between YouTube and TikTok has only escalated during the lockdown as more content floods the system, and creators are caught in a battle of formats.
Who is Carry Minati?
For those of you unfamiliar with Carry Minati, he’s been making videos since 2010 and even won the coveted ‘Golden Play Button’ in 2017 when he crossed 1 million subscribers. His real name is Ajey Nagar and he hails from Faridabad, Haryana.
becoming the ‘ The Roast King of India’, the first video of his to see
significant fame was a collaboration with fellow YouTuber Bhuvan Bham called
Making Money Money with BB Ki Vines. He’s also the same guy who made a diss
track called Bye Bye PewDiePie.
these memes goes viral after the deletion of the video
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