You Won't Find Don Rickles on GodTube
Plano-based GodTube, founded by Dallas Theological Seminary student Chris Wyatt way back last spring, is old news 'round Unfair Park parts. But every now and then, folks still stumble across the site and treat it like the Second Coming, especially after last week's news that the site received an influx of cash, 'round the $30 million mark, from a London hedge fund. Today, as a matter of fact, GodTube's blessed with a New York Times write-up, which brings us a few interesting factoids about the site not intended for the unclean, by which I mean the folks in my bar mitzvah class or Neil Diamond, or the satirically inclined:
Unlike its secular cousin, YouTube, GodTube is proudly filtered: all content must gain approval from the site’s headquarters in Plano, Tex. Vulgar and overtly sexual material isn’t allowed. Neither are videos promoting other religions -- for that, there are JewTube.com and IslamicTube.net. (Appropriately enough, the domain name SatanTube.com is for sale.)
Mocking Christianity is definitely not allowed. James O’Malley, a 20-year-old from Leicestershire, in Britain, posted a series of videos last year that jeered at evangelical theology. During a videotaped walking tour of the Natural History Museum in London, he referred to a plesiosaur fossil as a “liar-saur” and noted that volcanoes tended to erupt in non-Christian countries.
“The first couple of videos, where I spoke about Biblical infallibility and homosexuality, remained on GodTube and were treated like any other video,” Mr. O’Malley said. “It was only when I posted a third video suggesting that the earth was flat and that astronauts were part of the ‘round earth’ conspiracy that they finally cottoned on to the fact it was a hoax, and I was banned.”
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Observer's biggest stories.