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Sunday, June 21, 2009
MRC Shocked to Discover Some YouTube Content Isn't For Children
Topic: Media Research Center

A June 17 MRC Culture & Media Institute report makes the not-exactly-earth-shattering discovery that some content at YouTube is not for children. Of course, any sentient adult knows this, but CMI has taken it upon itself to quantify some of this:

CMI looked at the most popular search results for the word “porn” – 157 videos that each had more than 1 million views. The analysis showed that while actual nudity has been blocked by YouTube, the site is filled with videos, images and spoken and written language that children should not be exposed to and many adults would find objectionable.


But there’s sexual material – including soft-core porn – all over the site. (A search of the word “porn” returned more than 330,000 results.) While there is little actual nudity, most of these videos are highly sexually suggestive and include explicit language and themes from lesbianism to “gangbangs.”


Out of the 157 “porn” videos that received more than 1 million views, almost two-thirds (101 of 157) advertised themselves to be actual pornography. Those 101 videos had 438,318,147 combined views – or 1.38 views for every man, woman and child in the United States.

Even more shocking to CMI: There are videos of homosexual people!

Gay content, including gay propaganda, gay pornography and ads for gay escort services are easily found. There are 11,900 gay channels on YouTube, including 459 “gay porn” channels. A search of “gay porn” returns 52,700 individual videos.

This reminds us of a line from one of the "Porky's" movies made by a bluenose school official who was shocked -- shocked! -- that one of the students was showing a porn movie: "I sat through every filthy, disgusting frame of this repulsive movie ... twice." Some poor CMI staffers spent days digging through YouTube looking for every video offensive to their sensibilities that they could find ... perhaps twice.

One of CMI's recommendations is that "Parents should remember that even seemingly harmless videos and search terms can have disturbing results for children." Then again, the seemingly harmless act of going to church can have disturbing results for children as well.

CMI cranks out this moralistic reports on a regular basis. Last year, it determined that "53 percent of Dear Abby’s 2007 sex columns reject traditional morality," that "Homosexuality is perfectly acceptable to Abby," and that "Abby adopts a permissive attitude toward a variety of odd sexual behaviors." Thus, the CMI concluded, "Dear Abby’s advice on sexual matters cannot be trusted."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:02 AM EDT

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