In this submission, we affirm that we stand with BLM, LGBTQ+, and other disparaged groups. Therefore, after consulting with multiple organizations who are active and knowledgeable on these topics, we are further formalizing and clarifying Rule 1.
The purpose of this post is to provide common examples of bigotry upon which we, as r/mademesmile moderators, will take action. Please keep in mind that we will not be debating these topics individually, but you are more than welcome to head to r/socialjustice101 to either ask in good faith about these topics, or, if you are already familiar with them, to educate others.
This list is non-exhaustive, may be updated frequently, and is applicable to moderator discretion
- against African Americans or black people in general:
- black crime statistics, "black on black violence"
- any variation on "despite being 13% of the population, black people commit 50% of the violent crime" <- this is literally a copypasta/meme created by the white supremacist website, Stormfront. Variations include: "13 do 50, 13/50, the 13%, DESPITE" (http://redd.it/s8jns2)
- victim blaming especially after rape or death (not exclusive to racism) (examples: "[x person] should have just cooperated with the police", "she shouldn't have worn that", "well they committed a crime in the past")
- referring to black people as animals, specifically apes/monkeys
- "what if you said this about black people instead of white people!" or trying to switch races (this is absolutely an apples-to-oranges comparison. Life isn't a chessboard that you can simply rotate the board and have gameplay be effectively the same)
- "all lives matter"
- dindu nuffin or variations, thugs, "he was a good boy", "he was going to college", joggers, naggers, "people who annoy you"
- WE WUZ KANGZ
- just posting the letter "N" to start an askouija style attempt to create a slur
- "affirmative action is racist against white people"
- "black people only get into college due to affirmative action"
- "diversity hires"
- "racism (systemic or otherwise) doesn't exist"
- "upvoted because black"
- 3/5 jokes
- IQ stats (more affected by general health, nutrition, parents' education level etc than race)
- Bix Nood
- "never relax"
- black lives splatter/Burn Loot Murder
- advocating running over protesters (this is also advocating violence, a TOS violation)
- "BLM is a terrorist organization"
- sarcastically saying "BLM"
- stupid comments about "culture"
- arguing that white people should be allowed to use the N word
- global bankers, bankers
- oy vey, goyim, the goyim know
- hollywood references
- 3 parentheses, "echoes"
- that comic with the guy rubbing his hands together ("happy merchant")
- holocaust denialism
- "The Jew cries out in pain as he strikes you"
- "people are reading" some particular supremacist book
- in general, making assumptions about specific people based on racist views about the group or mocking something disparaging about the group as a whole:
- Indian people: "must have been an arranged marriage", "designated shitting streets", "Indian rape culture", "superpower by 2020"
- Muslim person in the picture: "terrorist", "religion of peace", "islam is right about women", "rag head, towel head"
- Native American/Indigenous person: "alcoholic", "smallpox blankets"
- Asian people: "Koreans eat dogs/cats", "china-virus"/"wuhan flu"/"kung flu", "slanty eyes"
- "there are only two genders"
- "I identify as an attack helicopter" (or anything else patently absurd)
- suggesting Michelle Obama is a man
- intentionally misgendering a trans person
- referring to being trans as a "mental illness"
- suicide statistics/"40%"
- "transwomen aren't women"/"transmen aren't men"
- use of "tranny"/"trap"
- decrying children having reassignment surgery (this is already illegal in most countries)
- "did you just assume my gender?!"
- emphasizing regret after transitioning
- use of "biological male" or "biological female". The term is cis male or cis female.
- anything about transitioning to become better at sports, or "men have a biological advantage"
- "troon", "mental illness", "groomer", "indoctrinating children", "you'll never be a real woman"
- intentionally deadnaming a trans person, which means using their old name over their new one
- "women belong in the kitchen"
- "the gender pay gap is a myth"
- "equal rights and equal lefts"
- "upvoted because boobs"
- posting that comic which says women have to include themselves in their photos
- "don't be such a girl"
- "should have kept her/your legs shut" on the topic of abortion, financial issues, or other similar issues
- abortion: "baby killer", "abortion is murder" or conflating abortion with actual murder, "slut"/slut shaming
- infantilization: e.g. referring to a woman/women as "little girl(s)", or other intentionally demeaning and condescending terms
- equating pedophilia to homosexuality
- "bundle of sticks" (Almost no one on reddit is an etymologist. They're only using this phrase because it's the same origin as the f-word)
- puking emoji with no other context than a gay wedding or pride parade etc
- "upvoted because gay"
- "being gay is a sin"/"see you in hell"
- "fake and gay" and otherwise using "gay" as a pejorative or negative
- "groomer", "indoctrinating children", "lifestyle", "sin"
ableism based bigotry
- "you're only good for stump porn"
- this is just basically name-calling or personal attacks aimed at a specific user. Examples: "you idiot", "you moron", "you dumbass"
This list is non-exhaustive, may be updated frequently, and is applicable to moderator discretion
Many users have argued that facts cannot be racist, which is true. However, much of what is purported to be factual is actually twisted by inherent racism. For example, the assertion that black people commit more violent crime than white people is false: In fact, black people are arrested/convicted for violent crime more often than white people. The statistic does not represent a fact-based commentary on a racial proclivity; it represents a way in which systemic racism has unfairly maligned a historically marginalized portion of the population.
Furthermore, even objective facts can be presented in a manner that promotes (or is promoted by) a racist agenda. It may be factual to state that a given entertainer is Jewish, for instance, but if that point is being raised as a means of insinuating something anti-Semitic, it is nonetheless an example of bigotry. Statements of this sort are referred to as "dog-whistles;" as coded phrases that are ostensibly based in fact, but which are being presented with bad-faith intentions.
Dog-whistles, implied bigotry, and memetic phrases with bigoted subtexts are all forbidden in /r/MadeMeSmile. Please note that there's a different between attacking a disparaged group who cannot change how they were born, and attacking memberships of groups (e.g. saying "ACAB" is not bigotry. Cops can quit, black people can't stop being black).
Civil criticism of religion, governments, and groups/organizations are fully permitted. Veiled attacks that are instead meant to target and attack a nation/race of people that practice these faiths, is forbidden.
If you don't understand some of the reasons behind these additions, that's ok. Many people are at different points on their path to education, and everyone should treat it as a process vice a destination. We encourage users to head over to r/socialjustice101 to either ask about specific points or to explain them to other users if you do understand. We won't be debating these here or in modmail as that's not a debate forum.
Thank you for reading
[PSA Reminder] Do NOT buy shirts/mugs/prints linked in comments, especially with dodgy looking URLs. Do NOT visit their profile.
⚠️ #Do NOT buy any shirts/mugs/prints that's linked in the comments of posts. ⚠️ There are exceptions of course. It's certainly possible that someone bought a printed item online and wants to share it here and link to a legit store. But be discreet. 99% of the time, a "source" linked is a scam website that will provide low quality prints, or in worse case not deliver anything or even use a phishing paying page. They also might respond to legit posts of printed items by legit users. See an example here.
Why shouldn't I buy these shirts/mugs/prints?
For a few reasons:
1.) The art that’s printed on these is stolen art!. Sometimes the artist sells prints themselves (i.e. Redbubble.com) and these guy sell them illegally and the original artist does NOT get any money from these sales.
2.) Because it’s stolen art, they don’t have the original image files, which leads to a low-quality print. In some cases, there’s even still a watermark visible on the product page
3.) There’s no guarantee that you will even receive the item
4.) Some sites even use fake pay-pages (i.e. phishing PayPal) to steal your login credentials or credit card info.
5.) Various of these sites have abuse reports registered
6.) Dozens of theft reports can be found online when searching on their phone-number 855-999-7840
7.) If you mail their support e-mail address, you will get an “Undelivered” notification, indicating that the e-mail does not exist
How can I recognize these scams?
These art scammers work in a very recognizable way:
They post a picture on a Reddit fandom. Titles like “Got this in the mail today”, or “I made this S H I R T”.
The post from OP itself does not link to any other store/shop
The thread begins to fill with various comments including asking where to get the print. These can come from legitimate users and some from alt-accounts of the scammer(s)
A comment reply appears linking to the spam shop/store (e.g. “In case anyone still want this”). This can be from the OP or another fake alt-account
The link is usually an URL-shorter or leads elsewhere such as their own user-profile, twitter account which then has a link to the store.
99% of the time the print shop is a website that’s created with the platform GearLaunch (Seen by the powered by GearLaunch on the bottom of the site). They create different sites on new names every time to stay anonymous, but other than the logo, the websites all look exactly the same. They always use the same phone-number for the last 2 years (855-999-7840)
Any comments that warn about scam are downvoted by these scammers to get these comments hidden Various examples can be seen here.
What is GearLaunch? Are they the scammers?
GearLaunch is an E-Commerce platform website that allows users to easily set up a merchandise shop. This means that it’s very much possible to find an actual legit GearLaunch website by say a Twitch streamer or Youtuber that wants to sell some of his merch. But the scammers make use of the fact these websites are simple to create to create a new name once their old site gets to many negative attention. Although GearLaunch themselves are not the scammers, they don’t actually do anything about it.