US House blocked from editing Wikipedia AGAIN, this time over Orange is the New Black and transphobia
For the third time this summer, US House of Representatives staffers have been blocked from editing Wikipedia. The first two instances came in July after Pando reported a series of strange edits implicating Cuba in the JFK assassination and fake moon landing conspiracies, and calling radio blowhard Alex Jones a Russian spy. The first ban lasted 24 hours ahead of a longer 10-day ban.
Now, according to the Hill, House IP addresses have been blocked for an entire month after a series of edits to entries belonging to the Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black," "tranny," and "transphobia," the latter being used to describe antagonism toward transgender or transsexual people.
The Orange is the New Black edit in question changed a character description from "a real transgender woman" to "a real man pretending to be a woman."
This is the second time this prejudice has been thrown into the limelight, following an incident earlier this month in which the hate-read factory Thought Catalog published a truly awful piece by VICE cofounder and self-described "Godfather of Hipsterdom" Gavin McInnes titled, "Transphobia is Perfectly Natural." Following a very justified public outcry, McInnes was asked to take an indefinite leave of office from Rooster, the New York ad agency where he served as Chief Creative Officer.
Now this "debate" appears to have reached the hallowed halls of Congress. Glad to see the people helping to make our laws have so much time on their hands.
[Illustration by Aleks Sennwald for Pando]