International Sex Scandal Watch: YouTube Ban Back On!

Oh, yes. I am so not making this up. It’s back on.

Apparently, someone posted that infamous video of ousted opposition leader Deniz Baykal, who is the ousted, as opposed to the current opposition party leader because of the existence of the video in question. It features an impropriety, so to speak, and an intern, and an intimation that old man Baykal is losing his jihad–in the “personal, private moral struggle” sense of the word, which as we all know is the deep and authentic one. It was deep and authentic in this case, anyway. Actually, technically, she was a party deputy, not an intern, but the word “intern” sounds more sex-scandalicious. (Sorry, new Ricochet interns. If you prefer, we’ll call you “party deputies” and reserve the word “intern” for those who engage in the kind of act that results in all of YouTube being banned in countries with kind of a neophyte grasp on the concept of freedom of expression.)

The hilariously tragic thing about this is that they’re not even that good at banning it. They can’t quite figure out how to do it. It’s all kind of technically above the censors’ pay grades. So right now, it’s technically banned, or at least it was at the time that article was written, but I can still watch it. Maybe they’ll get it figured out by tomorrow, or maybe the ban will be lifted again, or maybe they’ll just accidentally ban some other massively useful site, like Google Maps–they did that before, apparently by accident, resulting in gridlock and traffic chaos when previously organized and disciplined Turkish drivers were forced to navigate by echolocation.

Yes, I am kidding about the last part, but only in the suggestion that Turkish drivers have ever been orderly and disciplined. I’m not kidding about them banning Google Maps by accident, and I don’t think I’m kidding about their use of echolocation, either; it’s as good a theory as any to explain what they think they’re doing out there on those roads.

  1. Cas Balicki

    Claire, are you saying Turkish drivers are batty?

  2. PJS

    1976, Ankara, Turkey: The last time lines were painted on the roads was some time in the 1950s, when the Queen of England visited. At intersections, cars line up all the way across each street, and when the light changes (if it was working) they all charge straight at each other. It works just fine. Claire, I assume it’s still like this (?).

  3. Kenneth

    This is why I always wear a Peter Robinson mask during intimate encounters.

  4. The Mugwump

    Perhaps Deniz Baykal can commiserate with Diane “Deneesh.” During the New Mexico governor’s debate the heir to Gov. Richardson’s crown accused her opponent, the (now) governor elect, Susanna Martinez, of misappropriation of funds which she gave to selected staffers in the form of a “big fat boner.” She meant “bonus,” of course, but the malapropism proved fatal to her campaign. On a single word do political fortunes sometimes rise or fall . . . so to speak.

  5. Good Berean
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.:

    It features an impropriety, so to speak, and an intern, and an intimation that old man Baykal is losing his jihad–in the “personal, private moral struggle” sense of the word, which as we all know is the deep and authentic one. It was deep and authentic in this case, anyway.

    But, if the video is legit, it would appear that he was able to mount a brief insurgency.

  6. Kennedy Smith

    I really need to time my vids better. Looking back, you missed out on the best ones and got the lame ones. Such a narrow window.

  7. Talleyrand

    Perhaps Deniz Baykal can take a leaf out of Pres, Berlusconi’s book and use the ‘tactful’ phrase ”Better to have a passion for beautiful women than to be gay,”

    Then again the Berl is apparently using amorous techniques learnt from Gaddafi, so maybe it is not a good idea after all.