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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Re: Amazon and the Gay Glitch, Savage Responds

Posted by on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Savage is in Hawai'i with spotty Internet access and a broken computer, but he's got text messaging and my phone number, so allow me to relate his feelings regarding Amazon's de-ranking books with gay content.

He's against it.

It's a freaking high-tech book burning. Mein Kampf and American Psycho not considered "adult" by Amazon, Heather Has Two Mommies—a children's book—is? And no anti-gay titles affected, so first search on 'homosexual' brings up AFA book on preventing your kid from being gay when he grows up!

And my computer is dead!

Amazon is now blaming the problem on a "glitch", and claims to be "working to correct the problem as quickly as possible." They are silent as to how exactly it is that this glitch only affected books with gay themes, including Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America by Nathaniel Frank, a scholarly book on military policy and a national bestseller.

As someone with a bit of computer expertise, let me just say, there's no way in hell this is a glitch.

Some gay-themed material does appear to have retained it's ranking information, however - see 2008's classic lesbian rights film Girls Gone Wild: Girls on Girls, for example.

Savage will be back on the mainland on Wednesday.

 

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