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.”
The ad (above)—which shows a man and a woman discussing the merits of the Paperwhite before panning to their male partners—was posted by Kindle, so it seems odd it was flagged for being spam.
But the clip, which has been viewed by more than 308,000 people generated a flood of comments—including some seriously homophobic tripe. “A child being raised by their opposite gender will act different than one raised by the same, long-term anyway,” said one genius. “Who wants to explain to their child why a man is fucking another man, let alone married to one, simply over a kindle ad,” posted another who claims he doesn’t hate gays at all. “People need to keep their alternative lifestyle to themselves.”
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.
Below, a video explaining what is and isn’t kosher on the world’s largest video-sharing site.