Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably come across some form of content by the website BuzzFeed. Whether it be their journalism reports, YouTube videos, or infamous quizzes, you've probably clicked on at least one (but probably more!) of their links. It's no secret that BuzzFeed has a large amount of control on both the news sphere and the entertainment sphere. However, this mix of news and entertainment has not been sitting well with me, especially in the recent election and post-election time periods. In light of that, I've stopped clicking on BuzzFeed's content. Let me explain why.
For starters, BuzzFeed is one-hundred percent, unarguably, biased. When it comes to their news, they're very left-leaning. Now, yes, most news outlets are slightly biased in one way or another, but BuzzFeed takes it to the extreme. You may remember the backlash that Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines received when it came out that they went to a church that was against same-sex marriage. BuzzFeed, in this article, seemed to imply that because the Gaines family heard a sermon against homosexuality, they would not allow same-sex couples on their show. (HGTV came out with a statement that they "don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows.") Was it fair of BuzzFeed to assume the preferences of the couple based on the views of their pastor? Not at all, in my opinion. Shouldn't they be accepting of the Gaineses no matter what they believe, since the left preaches acceptance? Rightly so.
If you read BuzzFeed at all during the election or post-election season, you may have seen a lot of hatred toward our now President-Elect, Donald Trump. In fact, if you do a quick Google search for "Donald Trump Buzzfeed articles", the first few headlines include: "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia" and "36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump", with the first article now making a huge controversy. Buzzfeed released an unverified dossier stating that "that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years". Why the news outlet would release unverified documents against the President-Elect, I'm not sure. It seems horribly sketchy and immoral.
However, BuzzFeed does not just stop at their articles, they also publish YouTube videos. Some are normal, humorous, "real life situation" sketches, which are fine. They're not my type of humor, but they're not bad. Then, there are the social justice/politics videos. This is where things get hairy. These videos are often hypocritical, taking stereotypical jabs at men, "white people", and straight people. Their video "36 Questions Women Have For Men" starts with the question "How does it feel to be the same sex as Donald Trump?" Sigh. The video continues with sexist questions, like "why are you surprised when women are funny?" Pretty sexist, if you ask me.
Another video that just doesn't sit right is "26 Questions Black People Have For White People". First off, the title. Left-leaning black people hate to be marginalized, but here they are, marginalizing themselves by calling themselves "black people". This video continues with racist questions (yes, you CAN be racist towards ANY race!) such as "why am I supposed to teach you how to twerk?" and "why do you want to say the 'n-word' so badly?" These "questions people have for" videos reinforce stereotypes, something that BuzzFeed shuts down time and time again.
BuzzFeed is a hypocritical, biased news source, and therefore, I gave it up. I unsubscribed to all of their emails, unliked their Facebook pages, and so on and so forth. I was tired of having biased, hateful, social-justice news everywhere I looked. I turn to trusted, full news sources for my current events now, not a news-entertainment hybrid. If you still read or watch BuzzFeed's content, I'm not bashing you, I'm simply sharing my opinion and my personal choice. While I can admit that some of their entertainment content is enjoyable and humorous, I decided to give up the company as a whole, to guarantee that I would not read their news and become one-sided on issues. I try to become informed of all views on current events and hot issues, rather than sticking to one side. BuzzFeed was just simply not the place for me to do so.
So, goodbye, BuzzFeed. I can't wait to see how you fare the next four years.