This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that… » 4/23/15 9:46am 4/23/15 9:46am

Hi, Haters: The U.S. Department of Justice Blocks Jezebel 

Today in hilarious meta-news, Jezebel has learned that our website is evidently too hot to be viewed by select U.S. government employees. A tipster tells us that the DOJ recently blocked access to Jezebel from all workstation computers, although the other Gawker Media sites — Sportsball, that one about cars, Sidepiece… » 1/07/15 2:00pm 1/07/15 2:00pm

Sex Offenders Try to Censor Google Results Following EU Privacy Ruling

Last month in the landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling, Europe's highest court decided that European citizens now have the right to request that search engines remove links containing certain types of personal and sensitive material. Since then, Google has gotten over 41,000 requests for information removal — many… » 6/09/14 1:40pm 6/09/14 1:40pm

Captain Underpants Gets More Calls for Censorship Than Fifty Shades

The ALA revealed its top five most challenged books of 2013 and, somewhat surprisingly, lines like "suck me, baby" and "my inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves" weren't enough to nab "mommy porn" staple Fifty Shades of Grey the #1 spot. Instead, Anastasia and Christian are languishing down at #4… » 4/16/14 10:00am 4/16/14 10:00am

Comedian Chris Hardwick Mocks TV Censorship with Pregnant Cat Lady Card

While making fun of an incredibly weird greeting card that features an illustrated cross-section of a woman pregnant with a cat, comedian and Nerdist folk hero Chris Hardwick had a great moment of gleeful censorship subversion on his Comedy Central series @midnight. Hardwick pointed out that the greeting card's … » 1/11/14 12:30pm 1/11/14 12:30pm

‘Blurred Lines’ Gender-Swapped Parody Briefly Removed by YouTube

Much like its Mod Carousel gender-swapped predecessor, a “Blurred Lines” parody called “Defined Lines” (because of gender roles, yo) made by several Auckland law students was briefly been deemed too ladybonerific for YouTube’s Council of Female Libido Deniers (it’s a very secret council). » 9/02/13 12:00pm 9/02/13 12:00pm

Gender Equality Groups in the UK Push to Rid Retailers of Nudie Mags

This morning, while many coastal and lake-adjacent Americans were still busy recovering from the summer season’s first hearty dose of sun poisoning, gender equality groups and lawyers in the fog-blanketed British Isles (pip, pip, guv’nah!) launched a vigorous campaign to force retailers to comply with the Equality Act… » 5/27/13 11:30pm 5/27/13 11:30pm

Vancouver Women Complains That Museum’s ‘Whale Bone Porn’ Is Tickling…

A woman from Vancouver named Ann Pimentel has mounted a minor (and belated) modesty crusade against the Vancouver Maritime Museum's 19th century scrimshaw exhibit. Pimentel is worried that the exhibit will somehow damage her young children more than her aggressive sense of decorum, and she is demanding that the VMM… » 3/24/13 5:00pm 3/24/13 5:00pm