Zachary Levi’s Discrimination Controversy, Youtuber’s Cheating Ads, and Why The Trump Leaks Matter


Sup you beautiful bastards, hope you’re havin’ a Fantastic Tuesday welcome back to the Philip DeFranco show and let’s just jump into it the first thing we’re gonna talk about today I mean just the story selection makes me wonder why does my show ever go through states of monetization? trouble let’s talk about race and gender It’s two stories the first one starts in Toronto May of 2014 Emil Wickham And three friends went to celebrate his birthday at hung-chang Chinese restaurant in Toronto after they ordered the meal of the group was informed by staff that they would be required to pay before they ate they were told this was a policy that applied to all the patrons but When Wickham questioned other customers about whether they had to do this? He found that no one else and the restaurant had to they also realized that they were the only black diners in the restaurant so When the server later returned to the table Wickham and his friends questioned him about the policy and at that point the server reportedly admitted That they were the only ones in the restaurant who had prepaid. Then that waiter and other staff asked whether Wickham and his friends wanted A refund they took their money they left the restaurant. Wickham eventually lodges a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario It’s a governmental board that resolves discrimination and harassment claims and in his complaint He alleges that he and his friends have been racially Profiled by the staff at Hong Sheng. Nearly four years after this incident the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that yes the restaurant had in fact Discriminated against the group including that the restaurant staff had violated section 1 of the provinces Human Rights Code Which guarantees equal treatment when accessing good services and facilities. Writing, in essence, the applicant was presumed to be a potential thief in waiting despite any evidence to that effect. His mere presence As a black man in a restaurant was presumed to be sufficient evidence of his presumed propensity to engage in criminal behavior at its core Racial profiling as a form of shorthand that enables the perpetrator of the behavior to assume certain facts and ignore others while the restaurant employees Did not attend this hearing a lawyer for the company did and they argued that this prepayment policy was for people that weren’t Regulars saying because of its location the restaurant attracts something of a transient crowd and unfortunately it was very common in the past the customers quote dine and dash I think there was never any intent to discriminate against the applicants all customers were not known to be regulars are treated the same way That explanation was dismissed because reportedly there was no evidence such a policy actually Existed there was no evidence that other patrons that were there that night were regulars or that Wickham’s party was advised of the policy in advance and so the restaurant has been ordered to pay Wickham ten thousand dollars in damages in response to this decision the owner of the Restaurant Collin Lee issued a statement saying he was deeply concerned about the situation Noting this took place four years ago when the restaurant was under different management But also noting that this outcome is under legal appeal. There are two things here one I just want to talk about the story in general on its own But it also kind of connects to a second story like with most any story I like to have my opinion my own personal take away just to throw it out there into the world also so people can can Use it or disagree with it the thing that I’ve seen more and more and more is People telling me that I need to shut up because I’m a white guy that I can’t really speak on Situations like the Chinese dress story that we talked about yesterday or then in effect this story It’s also a situation I saw actor Zachary Levi of course the next Shazam trying to deal with this morning you put out a tweet about a vice news article saying from my Perspective it is a myopic op-ed at best and an op-ed making egregious damning sweeping Generalizations of all men at worst and to a tweet that read men really shouldn’t be leading to Bates about what is and isn’t sexist Any more than white people should be leading convos about what is and isn’t racist I’m a huge fan of his But this is super disappointing Zachary Levi Responded and with all due respect to you saying that men can’t lead meaningful conversations about sexism that white people can’t lead meaningful conversations about Racism is both sexist and racist Ruth doesn’t care about privilege nor do those who seek it And that’s we garnered a lot of attention both positive and negative He then went on to post a much larger statement But one of the key points the end zone is he says I wholeheartedly agree that one should never be silenced based on their gender Or skin color I’m merely asking for that same right to be afforded to me I may be white and I may be a man But I am first and foremost a human being seeking truth with all my heart and trying to make the world a little better than When I came into it for everyone because I’ve kind of seen how this argument can often play out where you have one side saying well you can’t be racist against white people because they’re not a minority that you can’t be sexist against men because because they have the Power rather than arguing about the specific words being used I really do want to want to put the question out there and It’s obvious to that that I you know where I stand I agree with Zachary Levi that I nor anyone regardless of their their skin color regardless of their gender regardless of their whatever Should not be allowed to speak on a topic because of what we are I know we have people from all different kinds of backgrounds that watch this show and so if we can just try to Have a conversation about it I would love to know your thoughts whether you agree, or you disagree, and if you do disagree with me what benefit do you think that you are you are providing that you’re you’re creating by by keeping someone out of the Conversation me the exclusion seems to do more to to alienate or push away potential allies But I’d love to know your thoughts but from that. I want to share some stuff I loved today and today and some brats abhava who needs coffee when you have dragon energy shirt hoodie and/or mug honey of course Reminded the masses that we’re just all dragon energy, and I decided to embrace another thing Kanye loves capitalism to help people remember But also personally I like coffee with my dragon energy So if you want to snag one of those while you can link in the description down below the first bit of Awesome is for You if you want a little more of me and your day one There’s a bonus video on the vlog today of three women in my life Roasting me for about three minutes while no one realized the camera was on It’s like a little peek behind the curtain and two over on DeFranco elite calm I highly recommend you subscribe one of the best ways to support videos like this one other things that we’re creating and also get exclusive Content and gear over on to Franco elite one of the new things we are testing is a podcast there is a brand new one that is around 80 minutes long with myself and the Previously mentioned three women who are roasting me, and if you want to check that out I’ll link to it directly down below and in trailer awesome We got a full trailer for ant-man and the wasp also one for a new movie called the kissing booth with Jimmy Kimmel doing mean Tweets with the Avengers Epic Meal Tom’s showing us how to make pizza lasagna And if you want to see the full versions everything I just shared the secret link of the day anything at all Links as always are in the description down below Then let’s talk about some quickie YouTube news and then some larger stories on the platform the first I’m just gonna knock this out of the way There are a lot of youtubers in New York right now for the YouTube creators some sort of throw out there before anyone gets Needlessly angry. I was invited because of my schedule I was not able to go on top of doing the show right now. There are a lot of shows We’re trying to create There’s a lot of behind the scenes stuff as well as we are now in the process of moving to our much bigger awesome studio So it’s just a really important time for us But hopefully there are other advertiser unfriendly creators out there too to represent for our kind Then people want me to chime in on Logan Paul one of the largest creators on the platform right now Announcing that he is no longer vlogging Daily my reaction of that purely on the business side is that makes sense daily vlogging well often and inherently just a fun cool experience can be very draining and it can also limit you if you’re trying to build a company or Expand creatively makes sense while a successful daily vlog is something people would kill for if not handled correctly It is something that will kill you then there were big YouTube marriages and proposals from an Atwood proposed a Britney, Smith PewDiePie Proposed to Marcia something called a Jack Douglas got married to aaron Breslin all of them. I say congratulations It’s beautiful when a couple realizes that they will involve the government in their low I wish all three of you a happy future. We also had some youtubers coming under fire for a sponsorship practice we’ve seen on the site for a little bit it places like the BBC putting out a piece titled the YouTube stars being paid to Sell cheating they refer to more than 250 channels promoting things like edgy birdie It’s one of those places that students can buy essays that they can turn in so they don’t have to do the work themselves of Course while the writing service itself is not illegal you can get into a shit ton of trouble if you get exposed for someone else Having done your work one of the people that Advertised this service was Adam Saleh remember him and sometimes look different when he’s not trying to put out a piece of fake content But also understand. I’m not trying to completely take the high road here when I was in high school I I definitely cheated on tests and on certain things use things like sparknotes Which I don’t even know if that’s a thing anymore May or may not have also done some things that resulted in school policy changing about certain devices But from an ego standpoint at least my cheating involved me being involved in it and not just paying someone that said it will be Interesting to see if anything is actually done or can actually be done about this situation Because morality aside if you’re just being analytical about the situation the only Person doing something wrong is the student turning in a piece of work? That’s not the wrong youtubers are advertising a writing service the writing service is a writing service And the student is the one turning in work. That is not their own I mentioned the story specifically because I’m interested in your thoughts on the last bit of news around the world of YouTube is news that I hate its new specifically about John Bain aka totalbiscuit aka the cynical Briggs But a popular YouTube and twitch personality for nearly a decade now He’s well known for his game reviews his wit when it comes to commentary while playing or just talking about gaming and back in 2014 He came out with the horrible news that he had full-blown cancer Sweeting took too long its full-blown cancer starting chemo soon then surgeries doctors Optimistic don’t make my mistake Get checked in 2015 has spread to his liver at which point I revealed that he had a life expectancy of 3 years leading the cancer in the bowel is gone but spots have appeared in my Liver they’re not operable, and there’s no cure average life expectancy is 2 to 3 years, though There are outliers that live much longer I fully intend to be the outlier and tend to beat it for as long as possible He has held on that promise of being an outlier holding out during the entire ordeal is but how quality content even expanded the type Of content that he puts out and of course as time has gone on the scheduling has been understandably less than consistent And we’ve gotten bits of new information on April 18th He wrote So hospitalize took them a lot of medicine to get the pain managed we now know the cause Fortunately which is spread of the disease putting pressure on my spine anyway means chemo doesn’t work anymore only options left are very poor ones So I’m moving straight into a clinical trial I am eligible for won’t be any quit here while I still have options to try John brings us to yesterday’s very long update which I’ll try to hit on the main points, but if you want to read the full thing I’ll link to it down below writing my body has become resistant to all forms of chemotherapy according to my oncologist 46 chemo treatments 138 days plugged into a pump let nobody ever say I wasn’t stubborn unfortunately this was followed up a couple of days later with some More bad news my liver is failing and its effectiveness has lowered past the point where the clinical trials I have been offered would take me off Yes
Apparently there are things that are too dangerous for even the terminal and going on to say the new focus will be pain management Saying it’s high priority so that my quality of life can improve also noting that it would be his last health update He then goes on to say that he’s going into semi-retirement. He’s retiring as a game critic noting He’s under too much medication that messes with his thinking and that his schedule is all over the place to get it out on time But at the same time he said he’s not done with YouTube or Twitter writing blokes got to make a living I have a family to consider And there’s no such thing as too much when it comes to what I leave them when I go out kicking and screaming he also Mentions that his podcast will continue although it will be a trimmed-down version and just in general I was blown away by his composure I’m not going to close this out like like I sometimes do with other Stories that are kind of hard for people to digest I talk about the emotions of the situation John Bain is a very Matter-of-fact blunt guy 1john you once joked that your oncologist told you that things could only get worse in one other way But luckily that has still not happen congratulations and to John if you’re the kind of guy that I think you are you probably Downplay a lot but you should know that you are a pioneer in this space there are people today doing what they love because you inspired them by doing what you do you there are people doing what they want today because you open doors by just doing what you Did to me and many others you are a bamf And that’s that’s where I’m gonna leave this one and then let’s talk about this president Trump Robert Moeller leaked Situation so reportedly Robert Muller’s team told Donald Trump’s lawyers what questions They would like to ask the president and somehow the New York Times gets ahold of them And they publish a list of over 40 questions We’re not gonna be able to fully cover all the questions, so I’ll link to the full list down below Also a note some of the questions The Times reported aren’t verbatim to Moeller’s list the outlets saying that they condense some of the questions And to simplify the situation the questions essentially fall into four categories one Questions related to Michael Flynn the former national security adviser to questions related to James Comey the former FBI I director three questions related to Attorney General Jeff session and four questions related to campaign coordination with Russia before diving deeper into these questions It’s also important to mention that President Trump did tweet about this leak this morning writing so disgraceful of the questions concerning the Russian witch-hunt Were leaked to the media no questions on collusion Oh, I see you. Have a made-up phony crime collusion that never existed and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information Nice later adding it would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened witch-hunt and there are a few things there that we need to talk about more and also some that you start right as far as the Who leaked the information that’s something we’ll touch on in a few minutes to regarding there being no questions about Collusion literally one of the questions reads what knowledge? Did you have of any outreach by your campaign including by Paul Manafort of Russia about potential assistance to the campaign? That’s a very notable question because Paul Manafort has had a slew of charges pressed against him but none have related to Russia so far that might be changing a court filing last month shows a mother wanted to expand his inquiry into allegations that mana for quote committed a Crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials there was also a filing shortly before that one that described a mana for business associate by the name of konstantin kill a minute as having ongoing ties to russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign as we now have this question that shows a mother might have more evidence about possible collusion and all that as a big Deal of course because Paul Manafort was Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman And three was talk about Donald Trump saying that it’d be very hard to obstruct justice When essentially there was no crime and that I would say hey, we don’t know if there was no crime That’s why there’s an investigation and be mr.. President No, you’re wrong according to federal law is justice can be obstructed when someone knowingly interferes with an ongoing investigation and mr. President with you having the position you are in it would not be very hard to obstruct justice it would be very Stupid to obstruct justice especially if no crime happened, but those are two different situations so now that we have that knocked out Let’s talk about the questions about Michael Flynn x providing one that read. How is the decision made to fire mr. Flynn on February 13 2017 in late 2017 Trump said that he fired former national security director Michael Flynn because he had lied to the vice president in the FBI also in December Trump tweeted I had to fire general Flynn because he lied to the vice president and the FBI is pled guilty to those lies It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful there was nothing to hide and shortly after Flynn was fired former FBI Director James Comey said that Trump came to him to ask for leniency on Flynn. That’s true That could be a huge problem for Trump the president wanted to protect Flynn It could potentially be obstruction of justice It’s also important remember that one of trumps former lawyers said that the president didn’t write that John Dowd Said he personally sent that tweet from Trump’s account and so ultimately this question is probably Millar trying to figure out Trump’s version of how? And why Flynn was fired and it’s also an interesting question because the White House never really fully explained Why officials waited so long to fire Flynn after learning about the law and there was another question dealing with an interview Trump gave to? Lester Holt in May of last year this is one of the main questions around Comey The Times reporting the Miller allegedly wanted to ask Trump, what did you mean in your interview with Lester Holt about mr. Comey and Russia if you don’t remember that interview Trump said he had been thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey and in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself I said you know This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won But that interview contradicts other statements the president has made just last month Trump tweeted Slippery James Comey the worst FBI director in history was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation We’re by the way there was no collusion except by the DEM Trump also sang in that NBC interview that he had plans to fire Comey before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Recommended him to oh I was going to fire regardless of records, so there was a room he made a recommendation He’s highly respected very good guy very smart guy The Democrats liked him the Republicans like him. He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation I was going to fire come back before then interview the White House cited Rosen Singh’s Recommendation as the reason for commis fire some others questioned Here is probably an attempt to just get a definitive answer from the president about why he fired Comey I’m like I said there were also questions around sessions most notably. Did you discuss whether mr.? Sessions would protect you and reference past AG’s yes because Trump has allegedly asked for loyalty before from others But with this question especially because it’s about sessions. It’s interesting considering that most of the time You’d only really get a question like this if the person asking the question already knew the answer another question asking What was the purpose of your May 12 2017 tweet that sweet reading James Comey better? Hope there are no tapes of our conversations before you starts leaking to the press so me of course responded lordy I hope there are tape and the White House eventually said that there were no tapes But Muller seems to want to know why Trump said this in the first place. There’s also another question I focuses on Russian hacking and social media because by the way I mentioned the Paul Manafort question once again I’m not sure what the president was talking about saying that there was an questions around Kalusha There was the mana for a question. I previously mentioned there are these four it was also during the campaign What did you know about Russian hacking use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign that of course a pretty interesting question? Because Trump has praised the release of hacked Democratic emails and called on Russia even if it was just a joke to find others But it’s also a notable question because Muller’s investigation Also, reportedly has evidence that at least one member of trumps campaign George papadopolis was told that Russia had obtained compromising emails about Hillary Clinton once again these are notable interesting questions to me if you want to see the full list I’ll link to them down below now This brings us to the note that I said we would come back to and that was who leaked this Information the New York Times said that the list of questions was provided to them by a person outside Trump’s legal team But at the same time Michael Zeldin a former assistant to Robert Muller said today that the grammatical errors in the questions prove a Trump Team member leaked the information, I don’t see this as a list of written questions that Muller’s office gave to the president I think these are more notes that the White House has taken and then they have expanded upon the conversation to write out these as questions and That’s where we are so I think Jeffrey’s right that these are introductory questions that then introduce a lot of sub questions And that takeaway is interesting for two reasons one at the very least it does appear likely that the the source of the questions not necessarily the leak But the source of the question as those came from Trump’s legal team and a lead-up to the list of questions being made as something That the New York Times also talked about on their podcast the daily What was going on was that Muller’s folks were trying to get down to come along and? Agree to let Trump do the interview? So what happened was is they brought down over to the special counsels office? And they said look here are the questions we want to ask and they started rattling them off down the other lawyers there took it down and Created this document these forty nine questions so based on that it seems unlikely that it was Muller’s office that would leak this information Until this is notable because this morning President Nixon’s White House Counsel John Dean said if the questions leaked were from a Trump team member That could be obstruction of justice which once again even if there was no collusion And I’m not saying that there was collusion You can still obstruct justice so that is where we are right now. It will be very interesting to see what other information What other fallout comes from this situation? Based on the rollercoaster that has been the past two years I imagine more information one way or the other will be coming out soon And that’s where I’m going to end today’s show and remember if you like this video hit that like button if you’re new here hit That subscribe button ring that bell make sure you turn on notifications also If you missed yesterday’s philip defranco show you want to catch up click or tap right there to watch that well if you want to Watch today’s brand new bonus video, which is just three people women in my life roasting me for three minutes You can click or type right there to watch that but so that’s that of course as always my name is philip defranco You’ve just been phill’d in a love yo faces, and i’ll see you tomorrow

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