This week Google changed the settings on YouTube, one of their most popular services, to improve the platforms’ comments section. For years, YouTube’s comments have been notorious for a large array of sexist, homophobic, and downright mean spirited and juvenile comments. To make the service a cleaner, more constructive platform, the Internet giant made it mandatory for all users to comment with a Google+ account, effectively merging the unpopular Google+ with the extremely popular YouTube. The thought behind the change is that, forced to us their real names instead of hiding behind anonymous avatars, people will think twice about leaving nasty comments.
Needless to say, users were vocally upset about the changes, but in true Internet fashion, a few expressed their displeasure creatively, making YouTube memes to get their points across. User The Amazing Atheist created a NSFW video highlighting how various movies might react to Google’s new policy. Short, funny, and to the point, this showcases some of the best (and a few obscure) genre movies to illustrate the community’s frustrations.
The first clip in the video is one of the most iconic scenes from the original Terminator. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 wants to show what it’s like to merge YouTube with Google+. The effect speaks volumes. Clip number two comes from the obscure, yet ridiculously absurd Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2. Simply put, Ricky has a problem with Google+.
Next up, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan shows that Khan is a true villain because he wants to combine the two platforms. Of course, Captain Kirk will stop at nothing to bring Khan down and stop the merger. Now Schwarzenegger is back, but this time in Commando with the famous scene where he “lied” about Google+ being optional for Google users.
The funniest part of the video is Darth Vader from Revenge of the Sith just waking up from a hangover. He asks the Emperor if he did anything foolish while he was drunk and then Palpatine tells him that he merged Google+ and YouTube. Vader’s reaction to the news is golden Lastly, The Amazing Atheist uses 2001: A Space Odyssey to illustrate his over all point about Google becoming self-aware to a platform, Google+, that no one ever used.
Considering my maturity level and my aversion to being an asshole, I really don’t have a problem with Google merging their social network with YouTube. It’s a better way to keep all of their services unified while filtering out hateful comments on YouTube. The video sharing platform is notorious for having the worst comments on the mainstream portion of the Internet and Google saw an opportunity to clean it up. You can still leave all the hate speech you want on Internet videos, but now it will get lost in the ether. You also have the option not to use Google at all. There are other options for you if you want to still be connected to the Internet. It’s not like having a Google account is a requirement to be online.