Cheney and Lesbians!?: Tag Teaming Amazon in Response to Sales Ranking Censorship

burning_book1.thumbnail.jpgThe first book that popped up on Amazon this weekend when searching the word "homosexuality" is A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality. Unlike  Heather Has Two Mommies, this book’s sales ranking stayed in place during the weekend purge (as of this morning Heather has been reinstated on the ranking list along wiht dozens of other titles). 

And because of the sales ranking scandal, this book’s increased visibility also has created a whole new collection of tags, 123 total, that express users’ views of the title, some of which–like abortion, porn, bdsm and "big homo propaganda," which this book most definitely is not–seem to be designed to get the book flagged and removed from the sales ranking system.

 A number of of these user generated tags are quite poetic and express Amazon users’ outrage over both the book’s premise and the this weekend’s  "glitch" that resulted in loss of sales rankings for LGBT  and feminist titles. I especially like "a load of dingos kidneys," "unbridled buffoonery in the realm of hate" and the ever popular "cheney and lesbians." The number in parenthesis represents the number of times the title has been tagged with that word or phrase. Here’s some of them:

homophobic (166)
bigotry (157)
hate (156)
delusional (151)
nonsense (143)
hateful (121)
keeping america stupid (112)
disgusting (108)
ghastly (102)
breathtaking inanity (98)
fail (49)
adult (4)
bird vomit (4)
pseudo-science (4)
amazonfail (3)
harmful (3)
homosexuality (3)
keeping american stupid (3)
stupid (3)
wingnuttery (3)
amazon is homophobic (2)
hate speech (2)
hurting american families (2)
idiocy (2)
obscene (2)
offensive (2)
pathetic (2)
porn (2)
stupidity (2)
vile (2)
waste of a good tree (2)
a load of dingos kidneys (1)
abortion (1)
adolescence (1)
anti-gay (1)
backwards (1)
bdsm (1)
biased (1)
big homo propaganda (1)
bigoted (1)
book (1)
breathtaking insanity (1)
cheney and lesbians (1)
christdionity (1)
christian living (1)
christianity (1)
comedy (1)
complete stupidity (1)
culture (1)
devastatingly bad (1)
emotional abusive (1)
epic fail (1)
falsehood (1)
fiction (1)
garbage (1)
gay (1)
gay fantasy (1)
gay romance (1)
gay sex (1)
gay studies (1)
hate language (1)
hateful divisive political rhetoric (1)
hatred (1)
homeschooling (1)
homophobia (1)
homophobia homophobic hate speech (1)
homosexual erotica (1)
homosexual porn (1)
horrific (1)
horror (1)
http search twitter com search q 23amazo… (1)
humanityfail (1)
inaccurate (1)
inappropriate (1)
it doesn t work (1)
lesbian (1)
lgbt (1)
lgbt porn (1)
lolfail (1)
more right-wing nonsense (1)
moronic (1)
nc-17 (1)
philosophy (1)
politics (1)
predjudice (1)
projecting closeted tendencies (1)
psychiatry (1)
raising children (1)
religion (1)
repulsive (1)
science (1)
sex (1)
sexism (1)
sexist (1)
sexuality (1)
shortbus superhighway (1)
social studies (1)
society (1)
spiteful (1)
teen (1)
trash (1)
unbridled buffoonery in the realm of hate (1)
unbridled stupidity (1)
waste of money (1)
waste of paper (1)
wingnut (1)
wingnuts (1)
wrong (1)

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.