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Friday, December 29, 2006

the amazing racist

I stumbled upon some videos of a guy who calls himself "the amazing racist". It's sort of like Jackass or Borat with no ideas and completely missing the point.

It's possible that the people he's harassing are the best actors ever, but I find that difficult to believe.

Basically, he has a small video crew film him as he harasses people who have a different skin color than his.

His domain is registed with godaddy.com

So, I sent this note to tech support.

MY LETTER TO GODADDY.COM

I have several domains registered with you. Not enough to really make a difference, but a few.

I am a firm believer in the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution and, an equal supporter of the free market, which is why I'm writing to you.

I am thrilled that I live in a country that allows www.theamazingracist.net to exist. It is a great thing that this man has the freedom to air his racist views and make videos of himself treating people horribly and posting them on the web. Seriously. Good for him. We're so lucky to live in this country.

I'm also thrilled that your terms of service include the following paragraph.


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"Except as set forth below, Go Daddy may also cancel Your use of the Services, after thirty (30) days, if You are using the Services, as determined by Go Daddy in its sole discretion, in association with spam or morally objectionable activities. Morally objectionable activities will include, but not be limited to: activities designed to defame, embarrass, harm, abuse, threaten, slander or harass third parties; activities prohibited by the laws of the United States and/or foreign territories in which You conduct business; activities designed to encourage unlawful behavior by others, such as hate crimes, terrorism and child pornography; activities that are tortuous, vulgar, obscene, invasive of the privacy of a third party, racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable; activities designed to impersonate the identity of a third party; illegal access to other computers or networks (i.e., hacking); distribution of Internet viruses or similar destructive activities; and activities designed to harm or use unethically minors in any way. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the event Go Daddy cancels Your Services during the first thirty (30) days after You purchase the Services, You will receive a refund of any fees paid to Go Daddy in connection with the Services being canceled. In the event Go Daddy deletes Your Services because they are being used in association with spam or morally objectionable activities, no refund will be issued. You agree You will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Go Daddy if, for any reason, Go Daddy takes corrective action with respect to Your improper or illegal use of its Services."

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Though none of his videos are on his web site right now, he does have them posted on various video hosting sites. It looks as though "The Amazing Racist" engages in "activites that are... racially... objectionable..." and, to a lesser extent "activities designed to defame, embarass, harm, abuse, threaten, slander or harass third parties..." and uses his site to promote these activities.

Again, it is terrific that this man can say what he wants about anyone he wants to anywhere he chooses. It's also great that the free market guarantees that his fellow citizens can apply financial pressure on businesses to end their associations with him.

I'm not "outraged" or "horrified" or "disgusted" or any of those words that one is supposed to use when something like this is encountered. Not at all. I'm excited. I'm excited to see our system work the way it's supposed to. I'm excited to see an important decision being made without the involvement of the government. We get to watch "the marketplace of ideas" in action. We're adults. We can handle things like these like grown-ups. We don't need a babysitter to step in and take care of it.

I urge you to cancel "www.theamazingracist.net" as soon as you legally can.

END OF LETTER

I wonder what will happen.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous davidh said...

Hi Dean - been reading your recent 'scam' entries; if ebay.com is anything like ebay.co.uk try selling a mobile phone and you're likely to come in contact with plenty of scammers (the downside is you might actually have to sell a phone to a legitimate ebayer). In the uk this sort of thing is common:

"Dear seller,
Its my pleasure transacting business with you.i want to know the condition of the item,am very sorry for any inconvinience that i migth have caused you.Because am not in United Kindom rigth now,am in the United State of American rigth now.so if i give you my address in united kindom,i will not be able to receive the item.because i want the item send to my business partner son( FRANK COLE) as a birthday gift. in west african country{NIGERIA}.I want the item posted via royalmail(international sign for) .And i will make the payment via paypal,because is fast,easy and save.So i want the item posted to NIGERIA,on my behalf and i will be much more appreciate it if you can do this for me.so get back to me as soon as possible.I look forward to hear from you soon,so as to proceed with the payment via paypal"

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Amazing Racist filmed his videos for National Lampoon. They seem to think that acting like a drunken fratboy is synonymous with good comedy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_racist

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Jodi said...

So, did GoDaddy ever get back to you about your letter? What did they say?

6:32 AM  

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