Amazon removed some yaoi manga titles from the Kindle Store this week. A variety of titles have been affected, including: King of Debt, The Color of Love, and Weekend Lovers. Some of the removed titles have been there for years, and it was only this week that Amazon decided it had a problem with them.
So what is yaoi manga? To put it simply, it's a particular type of Japanese comic that features gay romance stories (usually 2 guys). And that's where the bigotry comes in.
You see, Amazon aren't removing the straight romance comics, just the yaoi manga. Amazon also haven't removed copies of Lolita, Moll Flanders, or frankly Harlequin's entire line of ebooks. Amazon haven't even touched the similarly themed straight romance comics. No, all that has been affected today is yaoi manga.
Someone at Amazon removed these titles based on their personal objection to the genre. And that, folks, is bigotry.
Here are the specific rules that were violated:
Pornography and hard-core material that depicts graphic sexual acts.
What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. Amazon Digital Services, Inc. reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of Titles sold on our site.
I would have less of a problem is these titles had never been allowed in, or if the rule were being applied evenly across all genres. But that's not the case. Some unnamed drone discovered these particular titles in the Kindle Store and was so disgusted by them that the titles were pulled. And that, folks, is bigotry.
Don't you just love how vague that second rule is? Leaving aside the parochialism, it gives Amazon a cover for the whim of any drone who decides to pull a title from the Kindle Store.
via Robot 6