If you have ever wandered over to the meth-driven raging bubble of irrational hatred that is Stormfront, you pretty much know what to expect: a bunch of white people blaming everything on every other race. The site, in its introduction, boasts a 600% readership surge when President Obama was elected.
An AATTP reader directed us to Chimpout (you know what, you can find that one yourselves), where we were appalled and amazed that any place on the internet could possibly be more vile and horrible than the bastion of whiteness that is Stormfront. Chimpout delivers full-immersion bigotry at every level of the site–from the very moment you arrive:
And that’s just the forum topics! Once you actually get into the messages, it becomes much, much worse.
One thread is aimed specifically at out-bigoting one another with Barack Obama photoshops:
Our reader was so appalled that she contacted Versaweb, the hosting company asking that the site be taken down, given its horrid content. Versaweb, to its credit, seems to have responded with an actual e-mail rather than a form letter–but the response was rather uncaring.
[box type=”shadow”]Hello, While we can certainly appreciate your concern, please understand that we as a company do not endorse or condone the content on any of our client’s websites, and as a result we do not make judgements regarding suitability, tastefulness, or offensiveness of any sites we may host. We host literally thousands of websites, and it would be impractical if not impossible for us to review the content of each. As long as other aspects of our Acceptable Use Policy are followed and no laws are being broken, our clients are free to use the service as they wish. While we may not agree with the content on the site you referenced, we do recognize that all people should have a right to express their opinions, however maligned we feel they might be. The Internet is the most powerful forum in history in it’s ability to provide everyone with a voice. Unfortunately, some people who choose to utilize that forum fail to heed a piece of advice once proffered by Abraham Lincoln – “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”. If you would care to site a specific example where the site advocates violence against a specific person in a non-satirical way, or breaks any other specific laws, we will certainly take action as appropriate to remedy the situation. Otherwise, however ridiculous, uninformed, or offensive the content on that site may be to some people, it would not be in violation of our Acceptable Use Policy. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. — Rob Versaweb Support[/box]
She contacted Rob again, reminding him that “What is posted on the sites you allow hosting of, does actively reflect on you.” She was surprised not only when Rob responded again–but his signature changed to “CTO/Vice President,” which makes what he said so much worse. Rob’s suggestion: spend money with them to host a site opposing their “free speech” (which apparently includes the ability to post a picture of the President being hanged).
[box type=”shadow”]Hello, “What is posted on the sites you allow hosting of, does actively reflect on you.” So, by your logic, if I’m a Democrat, I should refuse to host Republican websites? If I’m a creationist, I should refuse to host sites that talk about evolution? I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the Internet is a pretty diverse place these days. However, if you were to remove every bit of content that someone on the planet found “offensive”, you could fit the rest of what would be left on a thumb drive. You see, I think YOU miss the point, which was quite succinctly stated “Those who find an idea, epithet, literary work or other form of expression offensive can oppose, counteract and perhaps refute it with further speech — not by banning the speech deemed to be offensive.” If you’d like to host a site opposing, counteracting, and refuting the site in question, we’ll be happy to to sell you services to do so. We won’t make judgements regarding suitability, tastefulness, or offensiveness of your site, just like we don’t do so with any others. Our policy is enforced equally upon ALL of our clients – isn’t that what people should really be concerned with – equality? — Rob Tyree CTO / Vice President Versaweb Suppor[/box]
If you find this to be as objectionable as she does, Versaweb’s customer support number is 1-877-690-4900. You may also contact them at [email protected].