In these times of political and social uncertainty, people look to those who they trust for information. And given the tone and tenor of the public discourse lately, it makes absolute sense for people to turn to Pornhub, the largest pornography site on the planet, for news they just can’t get anywhere else.

At this point, I’m supposed to give you a witty punchline because this sounds too absurd to be true. Instead, I say, “Welcome to 2017. Leave your expectations outside before you come in for the crazy.” Here we go:

Alexey Navalny is a Russian blogger who has spoken out against corruption in his country, so as you can imagine, Vladamir Putin isn’t a fan of his work. Navalny recently posted a documentary accusing the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of owning a large amount of real estate obtained through less than ethical and legal means. Let’s all take a minute and be thankful we never have to worry about something that preposterous in our own country, right?

God. Damn. It.

Okay, let’s forget about our own banana republic by shifting back to Russia. After a lawsuit was bought by a Russian billionaire named Alisher Usmanov, who clearly has no ties to Russian government officials (wink, wink), a Russian court ordered him to take the video off of the internet. Navalny promptly declared he would not take the video down despite the court order and instead called for another round of protests against the government.

In fairness, considering that Putin has no problem having political critics and rivals disappear in cartoonish fashion, ordering Navalny to take the video down was Putin’s version of offering him a summer internship in the Kremlin. But Navalny has had disinfectant thrown in his face twice, requiring surgery to one eye for chemical burns, so maybe he’s just good at eluding hitmen??


“Cheer up, Comrade – it’s Taco Tuesday.” 

“Do we really get tacos?” “Nyet.”


But allowing Navalny to live (at least for now) isn’t really the standard we should be applauding. State-sponsored censorship is never cool under any circumstances. Luckily, that’s when the good people at Pornhub stepped up and posted part of the video themselves, with an epic headline to boot:

I’m not sure what category this should be listed under. Fisting? Cuckold? I’ll stop now.

As funny as it sounds for the world’s biggest pornography site to get involved in anything like this, it really makes a ton of sense. Pornography is considered by many to be one of the most extreme examples of free speech there is, so it actually kind of makes sense. Even more importantly, as the internet defines the way we either get information or get information kept from us, every once in a while people will have to resort to unorthodox ways of distributing content that somebody in power doesn’t want us to see.

I’ve said it before, (for different reasons), but I can sleep better tonight thanks to Pornhub. Or so I thought. This is what you get when you click on the link to Navalny’s video:

So, I take back everything I said earlier. The irony of a political video being deemed too inappropriate for a porn site seems to be just about par for the course for 2017. There is no hope. Nothing matters anymore. We’re clearly doomed.

But hey, at least Pornhub is still up and running, right? #silverlining


A passionate communicator, advocate, and opinion maker with executive-level experience in law, public policy, and government. (Don't let the boyish good looks fool you.) President of Perpetual Fortitude, a Pennsylvania-based political consulting and social media management firm. (www.perpetualfortitude.com)

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