The specific violation seems to be that the content “is abusive, tortuous, harassing, vulgar, obscene, indecent, violates any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, is defamatory, libelous, hateful, contains any disparaging statements or opinions regarding racial, gender or ethnic background, or is otherwise objectionable.” The wording here is pretty much the industry standard.
In this case apparently irony meant to point out how mean-spiritedness, when couched as a joke, is acceptable is not an acceptable device.
The first line, “two guys walk into a bar” framework, set off the column as a joke. It criticized Bill Maher and his guests for expressing a desire to have angry sex with candidate Bachmann and threatening to homosexually rape Congressman Santorum by putting a mirror up to their own joke. For Maher, et al, as long as their malicious politics are wrapped in even the thinnest gossamer of farce it is acceptable but it is not if Santorum’s would-be rapist is categorized as a “fag” in the joke.
Censorship is dangerous. It needs to be used like a surgeon’s scalpel, so sharp it can cut away the cancer while sparing the remaining healthy tissue.
And when it comes to politics should not be used at all.
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