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May 17, 2008

let's try this again, shall we?

Funny story...(not really, but sarcastic is how I get when I'm freaked out)...ah...you know Georgia's sincere little video about how you need to do what you can to stop the persecution of children in Iran? Well, an interesting comment was posted to it a couple days ago. It was in Persian. I couldn't read it, though YouTube sure could. I asked the most excellent Dr. Allen Eghrari to translate it for me. It was attacking the Baha'i Faith using vulgar sexual references. Those references linked Georgia's video to some awful pornography in the 'related videos' section. Then a second comment in Persian showed up, addressed to the first commenter, calling that person some vulgar name and telling him to 'go swear at his own mother', as Allen translated it. With my head reeling, I blocked the commenters, removed the comments, and then removed my video from YouTube. Later, Billy and I decided to repost it and patrol the comments for awful activity. I'm still not sure about all this, but for now that's what's happening. We don't want the bad guys to win by being scary and gross, but the whole thing is just really creepy to me. So I'm jumpy and feel like my controls are all jammed, but as soon as I post this, Billy's promised to talk me through it, and hopefully I will be able to use my logical faculties again.

Update: So far, I'm glad we reposted the video because now there's actually a debate going on in the comments that has come up out of the gutter and is more on topic, if heated and full of misinformation. SO much easier to handle. And the best part is that there is a young woman from New Zealand who is defending the Faith with vehemence and intelligence in the comments. It's pretty exciting.

Posted by Bahiyyih at May 17, 2008 11:43 PM

Bahyyih, I am so sorry to learn that such hatefulness was directed at your beautiful youtube video. I hope you do not completely remove the video from Youtube, but I wouldn't blame you at all for disallowing all comments. I've seem some other really cute videos with kids that have had some terrible comments on them. Better to just remove the option altogether. I want to thank you for making the video with your daughter. I think it was wonderful and worth it in spite of such hateful people.

Posted by: Keli Rutan-Jorgensen at May 18, 2008 10:27 AM

The "related videos" for the re-posted version are quite a bit more on-topic now! For example, "Baha'i Children Classes in Lisbon, Portugal", and "Bahai Children in Ghana".

Posted by: Billy at May 19, 2008 10:06 AM