YouTube Removes Gay Advert After Petition Gains 22,000 Signatures
6 October 2016, 11:52 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:37
It's 2016, for gods sake.
Honestly though, it's 2016. We can't believe it, but news broke today that YouTube have removed an advert for a popular Spanish department store after it received 22,000 angry signatures on a website. This all sounds relatively normal, until you find out that the petition accused the advert of "removing the rights of children" to both a mother and father because it features two gay dads.
Even though same-sex marriage has been legalised in Spain since 2005, a group of Catholic fundamentalists (who run the website HazteOir.org) have worked tirelessly hard to stir up public opposition to these ceremonies in addition to opposing rights such as abortions. You can see the "offensive" advert below, so you can make your own mind up about how damaging it is.
On their petition, HazteOir claim that "all rigorous studies show that children need a father and a mother to develop harmoniously and completely" - which we honestly believe to be one of the most homophobic statements we've ever read. But nonetheless, there's a strong chance that because of this petition, YouTube decided to remove the advert entirely from its website.
Since the scandal, the department store (known as El Corte Inglés) reportedly claimed that the advert was removed because the rights to the music used in the video had expired. Either way, an opposing Change.org petition has been set up to reinstate the advert for the sake of homosexual family visibility. The founder of the petition tweeted out that once the video had been removed, it was a "victory for homophobia".
Otro triunfo de la homofobia.https://t.co/1zGyWEcGFy— Sr. Gritos ™ (@Edvardo_Munch) October 3, 2016