Hip Hop Blogger Speaks Out Against Sexist Bullying on the Internet

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Jay Smooth is the founder of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI’s Underground Railroad.  He has a video blog, Ill Doctrine, here.  He also video blogs at Animal New York, here, which bills itself as “a daily mix of art, news, culture, politics, and opinion–straight from the gut of New York.”

In the video “All These Sexist Gamer Dudes are Some Shook Ones,” Jay Smooth speaks out against sexist internet trolls in the gamer community, but his words have broad application in all corners of the internet.

My favorite line is this:

[W]hen you bully and harass a woman for speaking her mind, all you do is show us that you’re afraid of that woman’s voice, and you don’t think you can beat her intellectually without using a cheat code.

And Jay’s parting words — “We need to add some extra humanity into our scene” — contain good advice for us all.

-Bridget Crawford

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