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Violent, Anti-Gay Comments About Adam Lambert Spark Yahoo Action

The internet is known for some very virulent and often very horrific statements regarding people, especially LGBT people. Yahoo has had some big problems with removing violently homophobic comments posted on their Y! Music ‘Reality Rocks’ blog, and GLAAD has stepped in to try and help them address what is a gross violation of Yahoo’s own Terms of Service.

The posted comments came in response to an interview that the blog did with Adam Lambert. GLAAD reports that “Some comments promoted anti-gay violence and even encouraged suicide. Among the most egregious of responses was: ‘It would make my day if someone was to do to [Lambert] what those men did to Matthew Shepard.’ Shepard was the 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was brutally beaten and left for dead on the outskirts of Laramie, WY in 1998.”

GLAAD alerted Yahoo to the problem, and they quickly suspended the comments on the stream. It can often be difficult for a large organization like Yahoo or Blizzard or BioWare to monitor all of the comment streams and remove all of the hatefully violent ones that are out there.

Allison Palmer, GLAAD’s Director of Digital Initiatives, stated “Young music fans should be able to interact and comment on sites without seeing violent, hateful comments directed at LGBT people. Yahoo! did the right thing by taking immediate action to enforce their Terms of Service, setting an important example for other leading websites and tech companies.”

Yahoo issued its own statement saying that the company “does not allow content that promotes hatred against users or groups of users. Protected categories include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Yahoo! takes issues like this very seriously. We provide methods for users to report content that they believe to be abusive. Yahoo! reviews these reports and takes appropriate action according to our Terms of Service.”

GLAAD wraps up by saying:

Both Yahoo! and GLAAD urge users to report violent, hateful comments to site administrators.

In 2010, GLAAD started similar work with Facebook and helped create the “Network of Support,” an educational initiative that works to put an end to anti-LGBT cyberbullying, which includes other LGBT and youth organizations.

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6 Responses to Violent, Anti-Gay Comments About Adam Lambert Spark Yahoo Action

  1. Jesse

    February 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I would really like to see a far greater% of gay men supporting Adam. He is the finest male vocalist in the pop/rock world today. It is the lesbians and straight women who support Adam. I know gay men love their divas, but could they step up and show support for the first male singer to be signed to a major record label? His sales are down for Better than I Know myself because men – gay and straight – won’t buy his music. So disheartening.

  2. Me

    February 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Dear Adam,

    I am not part of any specific community. I just want to let you know that you are very loved by people who appreciate your talent as a musician and as beautiful spirit. Our love will overcome any (ignorance generated) negativity.

    We know you will prevail as an artist. Every time when you have to face such ignorance, think these people are a SMALL minority. Think about your GLAMBERTS and many, many other fans who will love you unconditional, always.

  3. Nicole

    February 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Adam knows how much he is loved but also how much he is hated. If any of those cowards spewing the most disgusting vile hatred toward him actually met him would they say it to his face? People forget that people are PEOPLE. We are all human with feelings, families etc. Adam is the sweetest person. Neither Adam nor the entire LGBTQIAetc community deserves this abusive crap. Adam is all about love. Ooh, be very afraid for your children.

  4. rananael

    February 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    It is about time that someone stepped in and put a stop to the comments that are so vile that it is unimaginable.

  5. Bill

    February 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    It looks like the breeders need to learn some f’ing manners from all the gay children they created.

  6. Chris

    February 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Don’t worry Adam, the community stands next to ya 110%. We will only get stronger and rise above this petty bs