If I could only stop laughing I might feel like launching into a controversial commentary about whether YouTube was right to censor this video of two lesbians kissing and the deep moral message it implies ... but I can't. The video has made me all warm and giggly now, and not because I harbor any homosexual inclinations, but because it's just ... funny. And that's the whole point of the video.
It was a parody created by Second City, the famous comedy group, of the popular "Bear" Vasquez "Double Rainbow" YouTube video from six months ago. For some reason the clip has seen a resurgence in popularity recently.
In the original video, the New-Agey type narrator describes the double spectrum with such excitement and disbelief it sounds like he's having an orgasm. That's what makes the original video so hysterical -- that his enthusiastic reaction is way over the top. It just doesn't fit.
Take that soundtrack, which is used to narrate the Second City skit, plus the euphemism of the "double rainbow" (the rainbow is the symbol for gay pride), and you've got all the makings for a satiric home-run. See for yourself.
In the Second City skit, the camera man is scanning not a national park but a city block when his camera locks in on two hot girls leaning against a fence making out. The censored version is still publicly available, but the girls' faces are now blurred out. You can still tell what they are doing. A 7-year-old would still be able to tell what they are doing.
This is really the issue for me. My 7-year-old son loves playing with my iPhone in the car, and the first thing he clicks is that YouTube icon. I do not want him to see two people having sex. I do not want him to see two people making out. I do not want him to see two women or two men making out even more. That's my prerogative as his mom. I will tell him certain facts of life when I feel he is ready to know about them.
Any outlet that allows open access to kids should be monitored and censored if necessary, and err on the side of caution. This is not an agenda, it's business, and making a judgement call about what the company feels best adheres to its own guidelines.
And technically speaking, YouTube really didn't ban or censor anything. These are actresses, who knows if they are even lesbians? The original version of two girls sucking face as clear as day is still available on YouTube, but requires that users sign in -- a process that is tied to age verification from the account’s creation.
So go ahead, sign in and check out the two girls kissing. Oh, wait, I forgot to mention the third girl! I really haven't seen anything that funny in a long time.