To Amazon.com, RE: Gay Censorship Incident #amazonfail

Regarding the controversy over the apparent censorship of gay material on Amazon, I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. I assume this is an attack by people with a homophobic agenda who are gaming your review system. I also expect that Amazon will correct the problem in the very near future now that it’s been identified.

The first hit when searching on “homosexuality” in Amazon right now is “A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality”. I am deeply offended by this and worry about its effect on GLBT youth coming to Amazon. A software glitch would not selectively impact dozens of positive gay works–even literary classics like Giovanni’s Room–while boosting the ranking of such homophobic works.

I still can’t believe that Amazon has directly or indirectly caused this. However, if Amazon is involved in causing or perpetuating this heinous censorship, I could not continue to do business with Amazon and would be compelled to urge my friends to do the same.

Thanks to @MollyWood for linking to these articles on Twitter as details emerged:

http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11369.html

http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11992.html

http://tehdely.livejournal.com/88823.html

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