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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Ads Pulled from "Abortion Man" YouTube Page- Pregnant Black Women 11 Times More Likely to be Murdered

Wow, since we originally posted about the Abortion Man clip on Tuesday, This story got picked up by Racialicious, Jezebel, Stereohyped, Huffington Post, Salon.com, Michelle Malkin, Life News, and others. You should read some of the comments on these other blogs. Like the initial discussion here, people are debating what, if anything, to do about the clip, whether it is satire, whether it is condemning men who attack pregnant women, displaying Wayan's sick/lack of humor, or yet again making light of violence against women:

I want to make a video now called vasectomywoman. I'll star in it. A woman gets pregnant because her boyfriend refuses to use a condom, so she calls out the window for help. I'll fly up in a spandex suit with a pair of scissors on the front and say "this looks like a job for vasectomywoman!" Then I ambush him in a club and beat his balls with a baseball bat so they won't produce sperm anymore.

Cmon, violence against men and forceds sterilization of them is HILARIOUS! Don't you think? Feministing

It is being criticized and defended by both sides of the abortion debate, but while people are pondering, please use this as an opportunity to discuss the disproportionate rate of maternal homicide among Black women.
According to the CDC, black women have a maternal homicide risk about seven times that of white women. Black women ages 25-29 are about 11 times more likely as white women in that age group to be murdered while pregnant or in the year after childbirth. CBS News
Think about that. ELEVEN TIMES more likely to die while pregnant if you are 25 to 29.

YouTube Ads Gone...for now
YouTube appears to have removed the scrolling ads from Damon Wayan's "Abortion Man" clip page. However, the scrolling ads are still running on the pages containing other WAYOUTTV clips such as "The Black Hulk" and the expletive filled "hooked on Honest"- Best Western and Toyota ads are still running on those pages. So clearly someone at YouTube got a clue and figured out that Abortion Man was not the best platform to try to sell cars, cocoa and hotel rooms no matter how many people look at the clip.

Letter to Toyota
For an example of the letter that were sent to Toyota, you can read the letter DJ Black Adam sent to Mike Michels at Toyota. Beacuse Wayans may have the right to produce this foolishness, but consumers are not required to pay for it.

I need to give a hat tip to Yobachi over at Black Perspective for the link to the YouTube clip, he asked us about it in the Afrospear Google Group.
Continue the discussion.