Gay Kindle Paperwhite Ad, YouTube Takes Down, "seriously homophobic tripe flood"
Just the other day we reported on the new commercial for the Kindle Paperwhite, a humorous spot incorporating a gay man, a straight woman and their respective partners.
Well, a Queerty reader tipped us off this morning that YouTube has removed the ad for Amazon’s e-reader because of a “violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams and commercially deceptive content.”
He wrote, “I checked the link, and confirmed that was what happened: no video, but a notice that it had been removed.”
Our tipster posits that enough of the homophobes unjustly flagged the ad as inappropriate to get it taken down, as we agree.
Here’s a note from YouTube’s community guidelines:
YouTube staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes a video doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines, but may not be appropriate for everyone. These videos may be age-restricted.
Fortunately, by this afternoon the ad was back on the site.
Look, given the sheer volume of content uploaded to YouTube, there’s really no way to stop haters from flagging perfectly acceptable videos. What we can do, is let YouTube know when a clip has been wrongly targeted.
We can also ask YouTube to ban users who repeatedly abuse the flagging option. (Maybe GLAAD could head this up?)
And lastly we can turn the tables and flag clips of homophobes spewing their hate—because that shit truly is against YouTube policy.
“Hate speech” refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.
Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/youtube-takes-down-restores-gay-kindle-paperwhite-ad-20130223/#ixzz2MYqqrVx0
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People who identify as gay or lesbian are not able to become heterosexual. While some people of ambivalent sexual orientation are capable of functioning as heterosexuals, those for whom homosexual orientation has become an integral feature of their personal identity are not able to transform into heterosexuals.
The following 2005 statement by the American Psychological Association summarizes the current scientiﬁc consensus about sexual orientation and individual volition: Human beings cannot choose their sexual orientation. Sexual orientation emerges for most people in early adolescence or late childhood without any prior sexual experience. The experience of sexual attraction and falling in love is one that individuals experience as outside their conscious control. Although we can choose whether to act on our feelings, psychologists do not consider sexual orientation to be a conscious choice.
The near total failure of advocates of “cure” to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals obviates the halakhic signiﬁcance of tracing the source of homosexuality. Gay and lesbian people are homosexual and will remain so. Even those who have attempted a “cure” have been unable – in the vast majority of cases – to change their orientation. For the halakhist, therefore, the issue of signiﬁcance is not the origin of homosexual orientation, but rather the permanence of such an orientation by the time sexuality reaches consciousness.
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