An IP address linked to the U.S. House of Representatives was banned from editing Wikipedia again late Wednesday after someone made ridiculous, bigoted edits to an article about Orange is the New Black, and other articles as well. The edits appeared to be deliberately inflammatory and offensive to transgender people, and The Hill reported that some users were upset. One person even called the edits “vandalism.”
This is the same account that was banned back in July. As The Hill and other outlets reported at that time, someone using that account made alleged “tongue-in-cheek” edits after finding out about a Twitter account that tweets edits from Wikipedia whenever they are made. According to The Hill’s article from that time, Mediaite reported on the Twitter account, and promptly saw their own Wikipedia page edited to call them a “sexist transphobic” news source. At that point, Wikipedia decided to ban the account for ten days.
They should have banned it permanently.
The Hill says one edit on the page for Orange is the New Black changed the phrase “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.” Another on a different page was to include the horribly derogatory term “tranny,” in reference to transgendered people. True to form, however, someone that uses that IP address defended the edits, saying:
“There’s nothing illegal about editing Wikipedia to promote official business that has been explicitly authourized [sic] by the Representative.
When you have other Representatives trying to push for laws such as [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act], or when you have the [European Union] using neocolonialist methods to impose transgenderism on the nation of Georgia through a visa agreement, it’s all the more important.”
This is “official business that has been explicitly authorized by the Representative?” If that’s true, then everything the evil liberal media says about Republicans being hateful bigots is also true.
That defense only serves to show the true colors of the GOP, and how discriminatory their agenda is. ENDA is intended to end discrimination against the LGBT community in the workplace. That is nothing like using derogatory terms to describe transgender people. The EU is also not imposing transgenderism on anybody. Furthermore, if Republicans were the caring, tolerant people they pretend to be, they would never condone something like this. Instead, their response would have been to denounce the edits, explain their agenda and how it doesn’t include the bigotry that lends itself to this, and find out which staffer was responsible for the edits so they could be disciplined accordingly.
Congressional staffers can still make what Wikipedia calls “good-faith edits,” but they have to create an actual account that identifies them. They can’t make anonymous edits right now.