On the June 16 edition of Louder with Crowder on YouTube, host Steven Crowder defended sports commentator and former NBA star Charles Barkley in a recent controversy over Barkley’s repeated sexist comments. During the segment, Crowder said, “This is why women shouldn’t sound off, shouldn’t give their opinion, on men’s sports.”
Crowder’s comment is part of the conservative host’s larger pattern of vicious misogyny, which includes blaming feminism for police shootings of unarmed Black men and bullying rape victim Ashley Judd. But in addition to being sexist, Crowder’s comment was also hypocritical -- he has frequently weighed in on women’s sports as an excuse to attack trans people.
During the May 3 show, Crowder said trans inclusion would cause “harm” to “young women in sports.”
On the April 15 show, Crowder ran a long segment claiming the presence of trans women in women’s sports was harmful while consistently misgendering trans people. He then went through alleged evidence of “women having the crap kicked out of them” by trans women.
Crowder’s rants against trans representation (even though conservatives can point to few examples) in sports falls in the broader context of how conservatives have made this issue a national priority. It also falls squarely in line with his consistent demonizing and bullying of LGBTQ people specifically.
YouTube has policies against hate speech and bullying on its platform. Crowder has already been suspended twice from the platform in just the past few months -- one more strike and he will be permanently suspended.