Friday, January 15, 2010

Google cuts links to Encyclopedia Dramatica Aborigine page

We read:
"GOOGLE has agreed to take down links to a website that promotes racist views of indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal man Steve Hodder-Watt recently discovered the US-based site by searching "Aboriginal and Encyclopedia" in the search engine. He tried to modify the entry on Encyclopedia Dramatica, a satirical and extremely racist version of Wikipedia, but was blocked from doing so.

Mr Hodder-Watt then undertook legal action, that resulted in Google acknowledging its legal responsibility to remove links from their search engine to the offensive site. His lawyer, George Newhouse, said the site was "one of the most offensive sorts of racial vilification you could possibly find". "It portrays indigenous Australians in the most unsavoury light possible, and you wouldn't want a child stumbling across it," he told ABC Radio.


Although Google no longer links to the page concerned, still does! The link to the actual page at issue is here. I have saved the page to disk in case it gets taken down. Encyclopedia Dramatica claims to be a site for satire but much of it is simply poor taste. Ironically, however, the "Aborigine" page is pretty reasonable satire, and like all good satire, has an element of truth. The slang words commonly used for Aborigines are, for instance, accurately described


Anonymous said...

Any satire about muslims? Didn't think so.

Anonymous said...

Only the Vikings dare satirize the followers of Mo.

Anonymous said...

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Thomas Jefferson

It's time!

Anonymous said...

"It's time!"

For what? Please be specific.

Robert said...

Actually Encyclopedia Dramatica has a pretty funny page on Islam, including how we should handle the menace in two pictures...