YouTube wants to turn Thor fans into Neo-Nazis
It’s the only logical explanation for what I received when I googled Norse pronunciations.
The new Thor movie is out in the UK this week, hurrah! Naturally as a geek I started to think about the pronunciation of Thor and other legendary names in Old Norse, Swedish and other language. So I started googling. First, a charming video from a Swedish kid reading out the names of Odin, Thor et al. in her language:
Then a video from Dr. Jackson Crawford reciting the names in Old Norse:
The third video, which I will not link, read out Old Norse and Proto-Norse names. Then I noticed another video from the channel titled “Black propaganda.” Alarmed, I looked up the channel’s name and learned the uploader was a convicted murderer and white supremacist.
What on Midgard was YouTube doing, allowing videos from a fascist killer?
Should we ignore this? People asked this question about David Irving, a “historian” and Holocaust denier. Andrew Neil saw fit to make a deal with him in 1992 for a translation of Joseph Goebbels’ diaries. I’m not joking:
THE FIRST complete version of the diaries of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, has been found in Russian…www.independent.co.uk
The world didn’t exactly benefit from Neil’s normalisation of Irving, and it would be years before the trial (depicted in the film Denial) that finally buried the anti-Semite’s career.
This is an ongoing failure by Google to stop the spread of Neo-Nazi poison online. Cry “free speech” if you want, but Nazis are the exception that prove the rule, and Google have the right of refusal. I was critical for years that they allowed Stormfront and other anti-Semitic trash in their results, as it proved they preferred the bottom line to doing no evil. YouTube is not a pornographic site, and likewise they can choose not to be a Neo-Nazi site. I got this video as a SafeSearch user no less: why are children, Thor’s target audience, not being protected from this?
It’s been a stressful year for normal decent people who want Nazis to remain dead. Let’s end on a happier note with a reminder of that bit where Thor casually blows up a HYDRA tank by striking Captain America’s shield: