Stop Sexist, Racist and Homophobic Comments on the Official Star Trek Facebook Page
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Help show that many fans are seriously concerned about the racism, homophobia, and misogyny seen frequently in comments on the official Star Trek Facebook page.
With more than 3.3 million Facebook fans, the page is an important site for Trekkies/Trekkers to gather, discuss their favorite shows and characters, and get information from CBS about upcoming promotions and events.
But the hostile environment – which frequently includes rape jokes and racist and homophobic slurs – has become alienating to women Trek fans and fans from diverse backgrounds. When fans do call out the toxic comments on various threads, they often face a backlash from other page users. They should not be expected to try to moderate the dialogue on their own.
The severity of the issue is indicated in this collection of examples from a two-week period on the site.
In order to work towards a more welcoming space for Star Trek fans, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation, join us in calling on CBS and StarTrek.com to work together to implement a comments policy that:
- Clearly bans hate speech, rape jokes, and referring to women as a group by derogatory terms (e.g. “sluts”). As well, the policy should ban comments referring to groups of people by racial, homophobic, transphobic, or ableist slurs;
- Disallows personal attacks against other commenters; and
- Bans aggressive negative commenting on the personal appearance of other commenters and the posts’ subjects.
This will require appointing moderators to enforce the policy. This is absolutely necessary to reinforce CBS’ and StarTrek.com’s commitment to diversity and bring back fans who have been driven away by the rampant racism, sexism, and homophobia on the page.
As Gene Roddenberry once said: "Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms."
Help support that vision by signing this petition.
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