Who would have thought that Facebook and YouTube would get behind Kirk Cameron’s new film Unstoppable? You might be saying to yourself, “That’s not what I’ve been reading. YouTube pulled the trailer for the film and Facebook had blocked fans from posting any links to the website promoting his film because the content was labeled ‘abusive and unsafe.’”
And that’s the funny part. In doing this, the two social media giants brought unwanted attention to the film. Idiots! But we love them for it.
Articles about the actions have been circulating the story. The last time I checked Kirk Cameron’s Facebook page there were more than 34,000 likes and 20,000 shares of the story. Each share means multiple views. Who knows how many of these people shared it with their friends.
Eventually Facebook relented. Here’s what Kirk wrote:
“Victory!! Friends, you did it! People tried to stop ‘Unstoppable’ on Facebook, and because millions of us joined together as one voice, Facebook has apologized and and welcomed us back! You all just demonstrated to the press (they are all calling me to talk about your amazing response!) that the communities of faith, hope, and love are, well… unstoppable.”
Now we come to YouTube.
“They have blocked and labeled the Unstoppable trailer as ‘spam,’ ‘scam,’ and ‘deceptive’! We did it once, we can do it again. Please share this post with all your friends and encourage YouTube to unblock my UnstoppableTheMovie trailer.”
Here’s a screen shot showing that “The video has been removed as a violation against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.” This was late Friday evening.
This Saturday morning, the trailer is showing on YouTube, but not before millions of people learned of the controversy.
Who would want to do this? When Kirk Cameron appeared on Piers Morgan’s show to discuss his film Monumental, Morgan asked Kirk about his views on homosexual marriage. He stated his views succinctly and without malice. Even so, he was vilified by liberals, homosexuals, and same-sex marriage supporters (see here and here).
What can you do? Get the message out and plan to watch Unstoppable at a theater near you on September 24th.