Online ticketing site Eventbrite has been accused of double standards for expelling a prominent women’s rights activist from the platform and allowing pro-Hamas activists to spread their message.
Eventbrite sparked controversy this week by banning Riley Gaines, a former University of Kentucky swimmer, from promoting her event aimed at preventing male-to-female trans athletes from competing in women’s sports .
Gaines urged her followers to boycott Eventbrite and received vocal support from Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who criticized the San Francisco-based tech company’s “idiotic policies.”
Cruz and others noted that Eventbrite had banned Gaines while allowing hardcore leftists to promote their events, including “pro-Hamas rallies” that portrayed the armed Islamists as “resistance fighters.”
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Eventbrite is accused of denying conservatives freedom of expression while giving militant leftists a free hand
Eventbrite did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Will Hild, the executive director of Consumers’ Research, a campaign group, criticized the tech company for “pushing a radical, biased agenda rather than acting in the best interests of its customers.”
Will Hild accuses Eventbrite of “senseless behavior.”
“What does it say about Eventbrite’s corporate values that they choose to cancel a female athlete for defending women’s rights in sports… but that would help facilitate support for Hamas, a terrorist organization that just killed thousands of civilians.” asked Hild.
Gaines announced Thursday on X, previously Twitter, that Eventbrite had stopped promoting her upcoming event called “Protecting Women’s Sports.”
Gaines, who was famously ousted from a major swimming competition in 2022 by male-to-female athlete Lia Thomas, strongly opposes allowing trans athletes to “replace” women in sports.
As such, she has become a leading voice in the heated debate over transgender rights and a target of transgender activists who say athletes should compete in sports of the gender with which they identify.
Her speech on the Penn State University campus earlier this month sparked protests and skirmishes in the crowd.
Gaines posted Eventbrite’s announcement on social media
As part of her current college speaking tour, Gaines published the reason for the event listing being removed from Eventrbite.
“We do not permit content or events that…discriminate, harass, denigrate, threaten, incite violence against, or incite individuals or groups based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, or gender “Target other ways of targeting identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, age or disability,” it said.
The statement also warned Gaines that a repeat offender could result in “suspension or termination” of her account.
Gaines criticized Eventbrite for not allowing her to express her opinion.
“Newsflash: Being a woman and standing up for it is not a hate crime,” Gaines posted.
She praised her supporters for deleting their Eventbrite accounts and urged others to follow suit.
“Give them the Bud Light treatment,” she wrote, alluding to an earlier boycott against the beer company over its endorsement of a trans influencer.
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Cruz, a socially conservative Republican, endorsed Gaines on X.
“Americans need to stop giving money to woke companies they hate,” Cruz posted.
“Eventbrite’s idiotic policy allows pro-Hamas rallies but bans people who hold the radical belief that women exist.”
Consumers’ Research found that Eventbrite restricted Gaines while allowing supporters of Gaza-based extremists to organize on the platform.
It pointed to an Eventbrite entry for a pro-Hamas rally following the group’s murderous rampage in southern Israel on October 7.
The New York-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center’s listing described the militants who killed and captured hundreds of people, mostly civilians, as “Palestinian resistance fighters.”
The event listing, which is no longer on the platform, said the militants “broke the Israeli siege of Gaza” but does not mention their rampage at a music festival and kibbutzim across the border.