In an apparent breach of its own “community guidelines,” which forbid videos “attacking” and “demeaning” a group based on their sexual orientation, YouTube has refused to pull down a video of one of its partners attacking a 12 y.o. boy who recently wrote to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts about the recent Prop 8 hearing, and labeling his gay dads, and all gay people, as pedophiles, child molesters and child rapists.
In one particularly long screed, James David Manning, the author of the attack video, says the following about 12-year-old Daniel’s gay father Jay, who appears in the video alongside his son:
“At ten years old [sic] a boy doesn’t know what he’s talking about asking a Justice to approve of same-sex marriage. It’s sexual molestation, it ought to be classified as child rape, it ought to be classified as child pornography to have any child under the age of 18 consenting to same-sex couples, it ought to be considered child rape, it ought to be considered molestation, it ought to be considered pornography… What the hell does he know about marriage, what does he know about family? And why is he being molested? This is sexual molestation at the highest level, it’s child rape, it’s child pornography.”
In fact, the very first time the video shows Daniel’s face, with his father Jay sitting next to him, arm around his son, Manning says:
“They’re going after young children, which I consider sexual molestation.”
YouTube pulled the video, “Age Matters, All the Time,” several days ago – but then, apparently on closer review, deemed the video acceptable and reposted it a day or so ago, even though the video appears to clearly violate YouTube’s community guidelines banning hate speech against gays and lesbians.
The larger question is how a channel this bizarre even got approved as a YouTube advertising partner in the first place, and why top brands like P&G, Pepsi and the NCAA’s Final Four are permitting their ads to run on such a bizarre channel, let alone such a hateful video.
More quotes from the outrageous video below, after the advertisers.
UPDATE: To its credit, after publication of this story YouTube has pulled the video as “hate speech,” which is great. But why, when YouTube reviewed the same video earlier this week did YouTube rule that it wasn’t hate speech? And what does YouTube plan to do to make sure that its reviewers don’t approve of such hate speech in the future? And finally, are there no standards at all for who is permitted to be a YouTube ad partner, and will a purveyor of “hate speech” be permitted to remain a YouTube ad partner?
Top Brands Advertising on Video Attacking 12 y.o. Boy
Just as troubling, top-name advertisers such as Pepsi/Beyoncé, Club Med, Procter & Gamble, Taco Bell–Doritos, Capital One, Final Four NCAA, Tiger Woods – PGA – Xbox360, Dell, Choice Hotels, Wrigley Orbit gum, Amtrak, Mad Men, Grown Ups 2, and Fix the Debt all advertise on the hate-filled gay-bashing video. (The hyperlinks above are to the advertisers’ Twitter accounts – please use them.)
Daniel’s father Jay Leffew (his other dad is named Bryan), who posted a response to Manning on YouTube, told me today that he was disappointed that so many top brands are advertising on a video attacking a twelve year old boy, and labeling gay people as pedophiles:
“I am so saddened that companies that we like and respect are being used to push this hateful man’s agenda.”
Here are a few screen shots of a few of the ads running on the video attacking a 12 year old boy, and labeling all gays as pedophiles and rapists:
Capital One – Final Four
Pepsi – Beyoncé
Club Med on Twitter: @ClubMedOfficial
Taco Bell – Doritos
Tiger Woods, PGA, Xbox 360
Gays want to “Legalize molestation,” “Legalize rape,” The perverts are after you”
While showing photos of gay parents with children, pictures from gay Pride parades, and repeatedly, and oddly, a photo of convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky, Manning says about gays and lesbians:
“This crowd who wants to legalize molestation, who wants to legalize rape, who wants to legalize debauchery…”
He tells children:
“The perverts are after you.”
Clear Violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines
YouTube’s community guidelines clearly ban “hate speech” that “attacks or demeans a group based on… sexual orientation.”
We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).
YouTube’s community guidelines also outlaw any video that is “sexually suggestive” of children:
Videos containing children should never be sexually suggestive or violent…
How is showing a photo of a 12 year old boy, listing his full name, and then repeatedly talking about his rape and molestation by perverts not “sexually suggestive”?
YouTube’s community guidelines also ban “harassment.”
Daniel’s father Jay clearly feels that his 12 year old son is being harassed for having gay parents. Jay told me today that he is outraged that YouTube and Google have deemed this attack on his son, and on all gay people, acceptable content that meets their community guidelines:
“I am devastated. I have always been a big fan of YouTube and Google, and thought they wouldn’t stand for this kind of hate, especially since it’s aimed at my 12 year old son.”
Jerry Sandusky? Does It Get Any Clearer Than This?
And lest Manning try to claim that he was only using the terms “child rape,” “pedophile,” and “sexual molestation” metaphorically, then why did he keep flashing a photo of convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky on the screen during the video?
Please contact the companies advertising on the hateful video via their Twitter accounts:
Pepsi/Beyoncé, Club Med, Procter & Gamble, Taco Bell–Doritos, Capital One, Final Four NCAA, Tiger Woods – PGA – Xbox360, Dell, Choice Hotels, Wrigley Orbit gum, Amtrak, Mad Men, Grown Ups 2, and Fix the Debt.