In a time when gays and lesbians are making strides toward equal rights, Amazon.com has taken a step back. A step back to a time when you didn't ask and didn't tell, a time when you hid your love for fear of persecution, a time when even the suspicion of homosexuality was enough to get beaten or even killed. Amazon.com has reclassified gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender books and movies as an adult product which blocks them from their sales rankings.
However, like Mark Probst
said, "if they are really going to try and exclude so-called “adult” material, then how come this
has an Amazon ranking?" And there are plenty of other *adult* themed books still ranked as well, as shown by this list
. Curiously, if you put "homosexuality" into a search of their site, and you'll find books on "preventing" and "curing" homosexuality, but you won't find Brokeback Mountain
or Tipping the Velvet
or other previously high ranking books or movies.
Today, Amazon.com claims this was just a glitch that they are fixing now, but some authors
lost their ranking way back in February, and only now is it getting any attention. And if it's just a glitch then why tell authors their books have been "classified as an Adult product" and "In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature." Obviously that's not just a glitch.
Like so many others are twittering, AmazonFAIL! Please sign the petition