Sexually-Fluid Reality Contestant Kicked Off Instagram For Posting The Wrong Pic

Remy Duran, of the sexually-fluid edition of MTV's Are You The One? reality show, got kicked off Instagram after posting a pic with his new girlfriend and a dildo

MTV aired the finale of its off-the-wall dating reality show, Are You the One?, on Monday night.

The show purports to help contestants find ‘the one’ by the end of the series. In fact, the show’s creators have already determined the perfect match for each contestant through a series of interviews with the participants, friends and family members, and psychological testing.

The trick for the contestants is to figure out who that is.

(Spoiler coming…)

This season’s edition featured an entire cast of sexually-fluid participants.

On the finale, hottie Remy Duran announced he and contestant Paige Cole were now a couple. No, they weren’t each other’s predetermined ‘Perfect Match,’ but they were totes in happiness.

Until.

The couple shared the news on their respective Instagram accounts by posting a pic featuring the duo posting with a dildo hanging from the wall.

Just hours later, though, Remy’s entire Insta account was deleted by the powers that be at Instagram.

The image is still viewable on his Twitter account. It’s the pink-tinged photo in the montage below.

Speaking to Vice, Remy expressed his frustration saying, “I’m so pissed. I thought, ‘Oh, shit, my picture got taken down,’ but my whole account got deleted without warning. I didn’t get an email. Nothing.”

Interestingly, Paige’s post of the image was removed, as well, but her account remains intact and online.

Calling the deletion ‘homophobic,’ Paige points to posts that are far more graphic than the couple’s light-hearted photo.

“You see car accidents where people probably died, you see photos of animal abuse on popular pages,” Paige shared with Vice. “There are real issues on Instagram, but they have a problem with sex workers. They have a problem with a titty popping out. They have a problem with a gay man and his gay girlfriend posing with a dick on the wall.” 

She continued, “We say ‘Homophobia!’ jokingly, but there’s no excuse for deleting his account and not mine for literally posting the same content.”

At the end of the day, it’s not just the ‘dang it’ of having one’s account deleted.

The hours directly following the finale of AYTO can be crucial for someone like fashion designer-turned-party promoter Remy as the public’s interest is at its peak.

Vice reports that Remy has been building his social media brand since 2014 to promote his party-planning business and support both himself and his mother. Remy says before the deletion his account of 49k followers was gaining over 100 new followers every 20 minutes.

“I’m sick for him,” Paige tells Vice. “Being on the show has enabled me to be contacted by brands for influencer gigs. I’m hoping to use it to build my modeling career in the entertainment industry because people watching you is worth more than currency. Get the right person watching you, and your whole life can change.” 

“We know all the right people are watching us within 24 hours [of AYTO’s season finale], and they can’t even look at Remy,” added Cole.

The Community Guidelines for Instagram do specifically ban things like “sexual intercourse,” “genitals,” and “some photos of female nipples.” While it’s not clear why Remy’s account would be shuttered but Paige’s account would get just a slap on the wrist, Remy does admit he’s had two prior violations with the social media giant.

Censorship has become a big deal on social media since the March 2018 passage of the bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act in the U.S. Senate. The legislation provides for holding online businesses liable for any content (even if posted by users) that could be viewed as relating to sex work.

(source: VICE – all images via Remy Duran Twitter)

‘Kill The Gays’ Pastor Steven Anderson Banned From Entering Ireland

Infamous ‘Kill the Gays’ pastor Steven Anderson has become the first person to be banned from the country of Ireland.
Pastor Steven Anderson (via YouTube video screen capture)

Infamous ‘Kill the Gays’ pastor Steven Anderson has become the first person to be banned from the country of Ireland.

Anderson, who heads up the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, is prohibited from entering the country thanks to an exclusion order signed by Charlie Flanagan, the Minister for Justice and Equality.

The order is the first issued under Section 4 of the 1999 Immigration Act.

Anderson was scheduled to preach in Dublin on May 26.

Flanagan signed the order after more than 14,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for Anderson to be banned for his litany of hateful statements over the years. Another petition, organized by AllOut and LGBT Ireland garnered over 25,000 signatures.

(screen capture via YouTube)

Anderson’s list of hateful statements includes:

Celebrating the dozens of deaths resulting from the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016. The anti-LGBTQ pastor posted a video telling his congregants that the 49 people killed in the attack “deserved to die.”

• In December of 2014, he proposed exterminating LGBTQ peopleas a method to “cure AIDS.”

• Anderson shared with his congregation in 2009 that he prayed nightly for the death of then-president Barack Obama.

Several LGBTQ advocacy groups tweeted their thanks to the Irish government for banning Anderson:

Ireland isn’t the first country to bar the anti-LGBTQ preacher from crossing its borders. Anderson has also been banned from the UK, Jamaica, South Africa and Canada.

In a video posted before the news of his ban, Anderson told viewers he wasn’t going to Ireland to be “talking about homos.”

“I’m not there to talk about all the other sick, perverted, filth that you have going on there in Ireland,” he added.

Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics Over Allegations Of Doping

Amid allegations of state-sponsored doping, the International Olympic Committee has banned Team Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Those Russian athletes willing and able to prove they are “clean” may be invited to take part on a case by case basis.

From CNN:

Those athletes must meet strict guidelines and will compete under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR). They will wear a uniform with that name on it and the Olympic anthem will be played at any ceremonies.

The invitations will be decided upon by a panel led by the Chair of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA), Velerie Fourneyron, but it will be the IOC who ultimately decides.

Russia’s Olympic Committee has been ordered to reimburse the IOC’s costs of investigating the doping scandal and it must also pay $15 million.

Vitaly Mutko, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and former Minister of Sport, has been barred from attending any future Olympic Games.

Trump Signs Executive Order Banning Syrian Refugees Indefinitely

President Trump signed on Friday an executive order which bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States for 90 days, and puts in place an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

From the New York Times:

The executive order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days and directs officials to determine additional screening ”to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States.”

The order also stops the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

Announcing his “extreme vetting” plan, the president invoked the specter of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Most of the 19 hijackers on the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pa., were from Saudi Arabia. The rest were from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon. None of those countries are on Mr. Trump’s visa ban list.

Human rights activists roundly condemned Mr. Trump’s actions, describing them as officially sanctioned religious persecution dressed up to look like an effort to make the United States safer.

Just to recap:

Banned by Trump’s executive order: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia & Yemen

Hijackers on 9/11 were from: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE & Lebanon

So, while Trump invokes the history of 9/11, we aren’t banning folks from the countries our attackers came from…?

Hint: Bloomberg News notes that Donald Trump has business dealings in several of the non-banned countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE.

Remind me again how Trump doesn’t have conflicts of interest.

It’s worth noting that a study of terrorist attacks on US soil between 1975 and 2015 conducted by the conservative-leaning Cato Institute concluded foreign nationals from the seven countries listed in the president’s executive order have killed zero Americans.

According to Reuters, even folks who have been granted “green cards,” making them permanent legal U.S. residents, will be affected by the ban if they are originally from one of the seven countries listed. If currently traveling outside the U.S., those folks from the banned countries – even with green cards – will not be able to get back home now.

FDA Set To Recommend Adjusting Ban On Blood Donations By Gay Men

Since 1985, in response to the AIDS epidemic, gay men who have had sex with other men even once have been banned from donating blood.

Now, the FDA is set to recommend adjusting the ban to allow those who have not had sex with other men in the past year to donate blood.

It’s notable, however, that many gay men would not be able to donate blood. Someone in a sexually active monogamous gay couple would still be barred from donating.

As The New York Times has noted, “Restrictions on donors were written when H.I.V. testing was slower and less refined. Today, some tests can detect the virus in blood as little as nine days after infection.”

For years, gay rights advocates have blasted the rule as discriminatory and pushed for a change.

The FDA’s newly proposed policy — which has been expected since December — would mirror the policy approach in several other countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Japan, Sweden and United Kingdom.

The American Medical Association and the Red Cross both support lifting the bans entirely.

Considering the advanced screening technology developed in the 1980s and 90s that keeps our blood supply safe today, the antiquated policy of banning gay men who could donate life-saving blood doesn’t seem to make sense at all to me.

More at the Huffington Post.

Young homophobe banned from Youtube for hate speech

For years, young Caiden Cowger has been posting homophobic rants on Youtube.

I would post one here for you as an example EXCEPT the little hater has now been banned from Youtube. The mini-Limbaugh posted the news on his “Cowger Nation” website today.

“We’d like to inform you that due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines (http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines) your YouTube account CaidenCowgerShow has been suspended. After review we determined that activity in your account violated our Community Guidelines, which state that hate speech is not acceptable on our site. “Hate speech” means content that promotes hatred or violence against members of a protected group (race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity). Please be aware that you are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube accounts. For more information about account terminations and how our Community Guidelines are enforced, please visit our Help Center at https://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=92486&hl=en-US.”

The headline of his post today was “Youtube Bans Cowger For Life!”

Quite the drama queen, isn’t he? And he writes in the third person?

Cowger goes on to say that he never “spoke words of hatred toward a group of people. I spoke against their behavior. On that channel, I simply just voiced my opinions opposing liberalism, including the homosexual lifestyle.” So, clearly he has a loose handle on language skills because what he was spreading on his now-defunct Youtube channel was clearly hate speech.

By the way, how’s that for an ego – Cowger Nation???

SRSLY.

(h/t JMG)