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    Re: Racism at @VICE and in the media world in general: (Thread) 1/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    The media world is outright hostile to people who aren't straight white men. 2/27

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    I worked as a television production assistant (PA) for two years before getting a gig as an associate producer at VICE, and then a full time position as a producer for VICE News. 3/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    My first job was as a PA for a home improvement TV show. I was pretty sad the day Maya Angelou died. One of the camera guys made fun of me all day. 5/27

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    We had to wear walkie talkies. He made racist and homophobic jokes throughout the day, on a walkie channel where everyone could hear. 6/27

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    I was at the bottom of the totem pole. I was afraid to speak up, and no one said anything. 7/27

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    At the end of the day, he came to me and said: “Sorry for all the things I said today. I just hate gay people.” 8/27

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    A really great female director of photography hooked me up with a great gig as a camera PA on an HBO comedy series. 10/27

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    The camera department--all white men--bullied me the entire time. One night, on an overnight shoot, I walked from set and started crying. 11/27

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    The camera guys spent most of the season trying to convince me to quit, because I “didn't seem very happy.” 12/27

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    They started calling me “The Weeknd,” because he's another black guy with unconventional hair. 13/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    At VICE, I found out that I made significantly less than the other people on my team. My boss/VICE HR dismissed my complaints and told me that, by speaking up, I was making enemies in the newsroom. 14/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    An executive producer on the nightly VICE HBO show, upon seeing Donna Brazille on screen at the DNC, said that she looked “just like Madea,” the character Tyler Perry plays in drag. 15/27

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    I was so pissed. When I brought this up to HR, I was told that they'd decided the comment “wasn't racist” and that I should get used to this kind of environment. 16/27

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    The EP, the guy who personally hired me, never spoke to me again. 17/27

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    In most of these instances, I was either the only black person, or one of a very small group. 18/27

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    If you're wondering why so few people of color rise through the ranks of media and the production, this is why: 19/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    People seem to go out of their way to make us feel unwelcome. It's hard to find support because other PoC are encouraged to keep quiet about what they experience. 20/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    The racism is systemic. The editor-in-chief of NBC News even forbade me from posting about these things on social media! (I quit a few days later.) 21/27

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    Other well-meaning black people have discouraged me from speaking to HR, because I shouldn't become “that person.” 22/27

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    The most heartbreaking thing about VICE is that so many young people come there with a huge mission to change the world. 23/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    When I started, my boss stroked my dreams of revolutionizing the way black people are represented in American media. He only ever greenlit my stories that were about white men. 24/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    We have a lot of work to do. We’re missing out on so many important stories from talented women and people of color. I refuse to accept this as “the way things are.” 25/27

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    What would journalism look like if we didn't push so many people away? 26/27

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    Lil Uzi Hurt

    That’s all. I'm going to get drunk and build gingerbread houses with my family. I wish you all an awesome Christmas/whatever you celebrate! 27/27

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