Hilariously Objectionable Content

Imagine my surprise this afternoon when I tried to pop over to Bhagpuss’ blog on my iPad, and found this message:

What?

Bhagpuss’ site? You must be kidding me.

(To give it some context, our nanny state occasionally decides that certain websites are of questionable moral fibre and symbolically – since they acknowledge they can’t exactly stop the entire ‘Net in its tracks – blocks them, courtesy of MDA – the Media Development Authority.

This irregular censorship has led to some hilarity where the computer games industry is concerned. Mass Effect was briefly banned for a cutscene involving potential lesbian sex – aka two ladies on top of each other with no nudity, while other games cheerfully snuck right by. The Secret World, for example, shows the exact same thing in the introduction, but I guess no one told MDA.

The entire debacle led to considerable global ridicule – not that they weren’t doing a great job by themselves with this “rap”…

…and presumably there must have been some behind-the-scenes squabbling as the sheer weight and economic power of the video games industry – did your country want money/investment/educational opportunities or not – came down on some paper and pencil pushers.

The long and short of it was some hemming and hawwing as the ban was withdrawn, sparing the ministry from the wrath of countless EA fans, and a rating system put in place where they could safely shovel the fuzzy ground of items they couldn’t ban outright into M18 territory.)

But back to the topic of today… BHAGPUSS? His blog? Blocked? Wtf? What kind of music did he post… or what…? Why?

It wasn’t actually a full block. I swapped over to the Feedly app and it brought up his site and his recent posts.

Turns out the PC browser shows his blog just fine as well.

It’s just something ridiculously weird going on with the iPad and the ISP, I presume.

But I found it ridiculously funny to guess at what triggered some automatic robot AI somewhere to object strenuously to his latest posts.

Let’s see.

Last posted 7h ago. An article regarding Lunar New Year in GW2, where you open red packet envelopes and get “cash money up front” and “it’s definitely not gambling.”

Yep. Definitely a scam all right.

Time to protect all those vulnerable people out there from this dastardly ploy against the public interest.

Just you wait, I’m a’ gonna get my own blog blocked at this rate.

Wonder how long it’ll take for our glorious bureaucracy to figure it out.