American News Oct 7, 2021 9:14 PM EST

Far-left activist campaigns to rid Substack of 'transphobic' accounts

"None of them could explain their actual stances on issues like deplatforming if they tried," wrote Singal.

Far-left activist campaigns to rid Substack of 'transphobic' accounts
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In response to receiving complaints that she publishes on Substack, a platform that she says is full of "relentless bigotry," author Talia Bracha Lavin told her followers that she wants journalist Jesse Singal kicked off of the platform.

The Twitter thread in question begins with Lavin announcing that she has a new piece coming out on her Substack regarding video games.

A fellow Twitter user called out levin for using Substack, writing "I get the need to make money as an indie writer/journalist, but have you considered looking for a platform that doesn't explicitly cater to anti-trans agitators like Grahan Linehan and Jesse Singal?"

"You're writing this to me on Twitter!" wrote Lavin, insinuating that Twitter is arguable a worse platform. "I think those people are disgusting bigots. But Substack has more trans writers than any newsroom in the country. And I don’t believe in ceding ground and whole platforms to bigots and reactionaries."

The fellow Twitter user, who goes by Faye, pointed out that while Twitter had previously "deplatformed Glinner," Substack still allows him to publish, and allows him to profit from his works.

"If you're going to publish on Substack you should at least be vocal on that platform about its practice of platforming hate. If you signed a contract with a non-disparagement clause with them, you should consider withdrawing from hat contract rather than promoting them," Faye added.

"I literally called them put for supporting transphobic and Islamophobic bigots in my first post," responded Lavin.

"Substack is home to its share of reactionaries, and particularly to those who indulge in relentless bigotry against Muslims and trans people," Lavin wrote in a Substack post.

"The same is, however, true of Twitter (where you likely encountered this) and in general I think it is a mistake to cede platforms to the loudest and cruellest, though they have found a lucrative niche in intellectual kayfabe and performative callousness. I hope to make this publication a space free of those scourges, except to critique them," the post continued.

Lavin noted in the twitter thread that transgender writers Grace and Danny Lavery got "pretty big deals" from Substack, while Glinner did not.

"But I 1000% agree with you that Glinner and Singal should be banned. I will try to make up for it by calling out transphobia as often as possible in my publication," Lavin concluded.

Singal responded to the thread on his Twitter, calling out Lyz Lenz for telling people to sign up for Lavin's Substack to make Glenn Greenwald mad. Greenwald had posted about the exchange concerning Singal, saying "These people are complete authoritarians who spend half their lives at least plotting to silence anyone who disagrees with them."

"They don't have an ideology other than that they and their friends should be able to do whatever they want -- it's all affect-driven. Glenn is Bad, so if you make Glenn mad, that's good! None of them could explain their actual stances on issues like deplatforming if they tried," wrote Singal.

"This is exactly what I mean," Singal wrote, posting a photo of the twitter thread from Lavin, with additional responses from Lenz. "They literally have not thought through these issues at all. They just hopscotch from outrage to outrage on Twitter, siding with their friends and against their perceived enemies."

Singal asked Lenz if he should be kicked off Substack, to which Lenz responded, "Do you believe in free speech?? She can say what she wants, my man."

"I'm not disputing that. I'm asking whether you, Lyz Lenz, think I should be kicked off Substack?" Singal responded.

"I literally never think about you," said Lenz.

The Post Millennial has reached out to Singal for comment.

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