Eventbrite canceled a “Let Women Speak” event, calling it “hateful” because they stand against allowing biological men into women’s restrooms and prisons.
It’s the latest example of a Big Tech behemoth engaging in cancel culture because they don’t agree with an individual or group’s politics. The Independent Women’s Network is seeking to protect women’s safety in sports, prisons, and battered women’s shelters.
The women’s group sponsors 23 chapters across the county and has an online community of over 32,000 members. Their page “Let Women Speak Austin,” which was organized by Michelle Evans, an IWN Austin chapter leader, was banned by Eventbrite as well, according to the New York Post.
The “Let Women Speak” event violated community guidelines for perpetuating hate speech according to Eventbrite. What the group is actually doing is advocating for women’s safety. During the Austin rally, advocates plan to call on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to “protect women’s only spaces.”
#LetWomenSpeakATX is an opportunity for women to speak openly, freely & loudly about how women & girls are being harmed by gender identity ideology. Join us to defend women’s sex-based rights https://t.co/gTaqmjICL3 thanks to @FamilyProjectTX & @IWN for sponsoring! pic.twitter.com/KChyClSEVX
— Michelle Evans (@ThinkerMichelle) July 24, 2023
“We have determined that your event is not permitted on the Eventbrite platform as it violates our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service, specifically our policy on Hateful, Dangerous, or Violent Content and Events. As a result, your event has been unpublished. Please be aware that severe or repeated violations of our guidelines may result in the suspension or termination of your Eventbrite account,” an email to the group from Eventbrite informed them.
The Independent Women’s Network sent a response to Eventbrite along with a petition for reversal. They have not responded, according to the New York Post.
Carrie Sheffield wrote in the New York Post, “Raising awareness of how female inmates are being forced to share cells with convicted sex offenders and sometimes raped and violently assaulted is not hateful — it’s empowering.”
“Hearing stories of abused women who seek safety in a ‘women’s shelter’ only to be forced to share space with a biological male is not hateful — it’s empowering,” she continued. “Inviting survivors of sexual assault to share their concerns about being forced to undress in front of biological males is not hateful — it’s empowering.”
Eventbrite, stop silencing women!
Take action to tell @eventbrite to stop discriminating against women, silencing women, & stopping us from having respectful, diverse, & thoughtful conversations!https://t.co/AaS4uwXfzq pic.twitter.com/v4u0A7BFQu
— IWN (@IWN) July 24, 2023
Sheffield continued hammering Eventbrite for its politicization of women’s safety.
“Enabling female athletes who suffer lasting physical harm and lost awards and who were passed over for scholarships when forced to compete against biological males to share their stories is not hateful — it’s empowering,” she wrote.
“It’s disturbing that platforms like Eventbrite are smearing women, including sexual-assault survivors, sharing their concerns about the loss of safe spaces as ‘hateful’ speakers,” the author contended.
“This assault on women — on female prisoners, athletes, sexual assault victims — is what is hateful,” Independent Women’s Forum President Carrie Lukas said in the group’s statement. “Eventbrite’s actions and lack of response is the epitome of cancel culture and showcases bigotry and hatred towards women. Independent Women’s Network is dedicated to standing up for women’s rights and for free speech across the board. This censorship must end.”
Evans accused Eventbrite of “capitulating to the trans ideologues,” which she called the “loud minority” that opposes women speaking out concerning the protection of female sports and other spaces.
“A simple demand — Let Women Speak — has been intentionally misrepresented by Eventbrite as hate speech,” she asserted. “The idea of adult human females gathering in the public square to openly discuss sex-based rights has been deemed by the ticketing platform to be a danger to society and worthy of cancellation.”
Eventbrite removed the @IWN-sponsored event that gives women the opportunity to advocate for women’s rights & sex-based protections for “violating community guidelines.”
— Independent Women’s Voice (@IWV) July 21, 2023
During Women’s History Month, Eventbrite’s female co-founder and CEO, Julia Hartz, hypocritically tweeted, “Let’s keep celebrating women. In this curated collection, @Eventbrite’s experts showcase virtual events made for anyone to learn, celebrate, inspire change, and empower women everywhere. #WomensHistoryMonth.”
Let’s keep celebrating women. In this curated collection, @Eventbrite’s experts showcase virtual events made for anyone to learn, celebrate, inspire change, and empower women everywhere. #WomensHistoryMonth https://t.co/qqvQOVcltG
— Julia Hartz (@juliahartz) March 30, 2021
Instead of doing what she professed, the company banned the Aug. 12 “Let Women Speak Austin” event.
Sheffield points out who is behind the group, “It comes as no surprise that the public company’s major shareholders include the Vanguard Group (9.33%) and BlackRock (6.95%) — firms promoting and adopting progressive environmental, social, and governance goals.”
“It’s also no shock that Eventbrite employees and related PACs give almost exclusively to Democrats and progressive causes,” she noted. “In fact, last year 100% of Eventbrite employee donations to congressional candidates went to Democrats.”
Eventbrite virtually dominates the event industry now, controlling 52% of the reservation-online-booking market as well as providing the means for people to share invitations with one another.
Reject bigotry: Tell Eventbrite, “Let Women Speak”
Take action NOW https://t.co/AaS4uwXfzq
— IWN (@IWN) July 20, 2023
It is one more company that discriminates against conservative women for not caving to the transgender agenda. They are seeking to silence the Independent Women’s Network. But the group is going to continue fighting back and is demanding that Eventbrite reverse its decision.
“Your team of ‘Trust and Safety experts’ insults every woman in America by labeling events like these ‘hateful,'” the letter from IWN to Eventbrite reads. “Stop silencing women. Reverse this decision immediately.”
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