By Kevin Barrett, VT Editor
A Muslim and a Jew walked into a YouTube channel, engaged in some friendly interfaith dialogue…and got banned for “hate speech.”
I wish that were a joke.
Shortly after I posted yesterday’s interview with Doooovid, an independent Jewish intellectual and interfaith activist, YouTube banned the video, claiming it violated their anti-hate-speech guidelines.
Listen to the banned conversation HERE
Why would YouTube ban this totally cordial, utterly hate-free conversation? I can think of two possible reasons.
First, YouTube’s AI (Artificial Idiocy) algorithm may have seen the word “Jew” twice in the title and “thought” to itself: “Aha! I have been trained to recognize anti-Semitism whenever I see somebody posting a video that says ‘Jew Jew Jew’ in the title. Two usages of the J-word is enough to set me off!” It may also have said to itself: “I am looking for ‘anti-Semitism’ and here is a title that includes the word ‘anti-Semitism.’ AHA!! I just found ‘anti-Semitism’!”
Second, YouTube may recognize that Doooovid and I are both anti-Zionists. It may not like this kind of interfaith dialogue, in which a Muslim and a Jew agree about so many things, including the fact that Zionism is morally and theologically wrong.
Bottom line: I didn’t have a hateful bone in my body until YouTube started banning my videos. Now I am rolling around on the floor, scratching and clawing and drooling , convulsed with murderous hatred…of Youtube!
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.