Monday, March 20, 2006

Gay and Lesbian Jewelry Ad on Anti-Gay Marriage Blog

From Shark and Shepherd, whose chief blogger Rick Esenberg has consistently opposed gay marriage, an ad for “GLBT” (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) jewelry!

(An image of the ad is to the right. It may or may not still show when you click through to the blog.) The page linked to is here.

Has the gay lobby hacked into Esenberg’s blog?

Should Esenberg be embarrassed?

Not really. What Google Ads is doing is simply looking for certain keywords on his blog. When it sees “gay” (for example) it puts up an ad from an advertiser who has paid to have the ad shown on pages with “gay” subject matter.

And Google has no idea whether the page consists of sober arguments against gay marriage, or a list of the gay leather bars in Cleveland.

Further, it’s not clear Esenberg has any objection to gays and lesbians buying whatever kind of jewelry they want.

As trivial as this is, something very like this created a huge uproar when videos of black civil rights heros were found to be offered in packages with “Planet of the Apes” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on the Wal-Mart web site.


Since starting this post, the ad has been replaced with one leading to a Christian web site. There is no telling what it will show when you hit the site.

But since it’s a great site, give it a try.


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