The not-so-innocence of Google and Media
So you push someone’s buttons once, they uproar, you push them twice, they uproar twice, and then you keep pushing… you can’t complain that you haven’t been warned.
I’m quite appalled by the murder of the American Ambassador and staff in Libya and the violence that’s erupting across the Islamic world, but i’m completely with these outraged people’s right to demonstrate and express their disgust by this “film” or “this shit”, whatever you want to call it.
I watched the film. Frankly, i would have slapped someone afterwards! It’s disgusting! Appalling! Frustrating and outrageously offending! (the killing of the American Ambassador in Libya looks a bit more planned to me, however in no way a justified act of outrage of any form of protest. My deepest condolences to the families of the people who have passed in the past few days because of this film)
… Freedom of Speech. Yes, it’s your freedom to express your “opinion” about things, everything really, the market of ideas, thoughts, debate, controversy, etc is a beautiful and soul enriching experience. But, it’s quite different when the conversation resorts to ad hominem that’s not exactly freedom anymore, that’s low, and that’s exactly what the movie is, an attempt to play a low ball.
Here’s what i’ve been reading about the fiasco:
The Huffington Post: What Google Isn’t Telling Us About The Video It’s Banned In 5 Countries (And Counting)
// Will Russia Ban Yotube?
CNN (Jillian C. York): Should Google censor an anti-Islam video?
Google rejects White House request to pull anti-Islam film, again
Saudi Arabia threatens to ban YouTube over anti-Islam film
Actor duped into appearing in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ explains
2nd ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Actress Says Actors Were Unaware Of Film’s Anti-Muhammad Plot
Does ‘Innocence of Muslims’ meet the free-speech test?
etc.. etc.. etc..
It’s crazy, absurd, un-realistic. I do think Google/Youtube can remove the clip/film, as it has done that before on other videos that were available online that showed Israeli soldiers beating and torturing “stone-throwing” ten-year olds, women, and elderly. (I was in the middle of a research one semester in college and half way through the research many of the videos i had saved disappeared)
In fact, Youtube has a report button, and i believe it meets their policy that if enough people report a film/clip is would be removed, not due to government pressure, but due to mass users’ requests. Or does that report button even work? Also, when it comes to the 1st Amendment, i’m just not so sure the clip meets the freedom of speech mark either.
And finally, how is this film ok, while the AlManar App (Hezbollah’s Media Station) that was removed from Google Play/Android Market and App Store, not? Who defines what is Terrorism and who put you Google in charge to discriminate?
What’s even more disgusting is this French Magazine that wants to ride the wave of fame: French magazine publishes naked Prophet cartoons, and in as a preemptive measure: France braces for protests after satirical magazine publishes nude Prophet Mohammed cartoons and close 20 premises over cartoons. Disgusting.
What the fuck kind of “civilization” is the world trying to throw at the region?! And why should such provocation be tolerated by anyone?! How is this different from called a black person “nigger” and laughing as they rage in return? how is this not racism!
P.S. NewsWeeks #MuslimRage attempt sucks
Rant Over. Freedom of speech is encouraged in the comments.