Google wants film censorship to whitewash medieval Frankish monarchy

This video says about itself:

REDBAD Official Trailer (2018) Jonathan Banks Adventure Movie HD

During the year 754 A.D. the monk Bonifatius was killed in a Dutch town called Dokkum [in today’s Friesland province], according to history this was done by barbaric warriors. But was he indeed murdered in cold blood, or is that just the Christian take on the story?

Release Date: 2018
Genre: Adventure
Director: Roel Reiné
Writer: Alex van Galen
Stars: Jonathan Banks, Søren Malling, Renée Soutendijk

The film is about 8th century conflicts between the (polytheist) Frisian kingdom and the (Christian) kingdom of the Franks. The Frankish rulers used Christianity as a tool in their attempts to violently subject Frisians and other tribes.

The Frisian King Redbad is the hero of the film. According to tradition, Redbad was nearly baptised, but refused when he was told that he would not be able to find any of his ancestors in Heaven after his death, since he preferred spending eternity in Hell with his pagan ancestors than in Heaven with his enemies, especially the Franks. Reminiscent of a native Cuban in the 16th century. Captured by the Spanish invaders for opposing them, and about to be burnt alive at the stake. A priest asks the Indian to convert to Christianity; so, that after his horrible death he may go to heaven. “Do the Spanish soldiers go to heaven?” the Indian asks. “Yes, being Christians”. “Then, I do not want to go to heaven”.

As the trailer video says, now the film Redbad will soon be in the cinemas.

Unexpectedly, there was an attempt by Google corporation (its AdWords branch) to censor that trailer and that film. It is not that unexpected that Google corporation which censors critical sites, will do censorship: eg, their YouTube affiliate has censored German anti-nazis. The unexpected thing is that they now do not censor to save the ‘honour’ of United States President Trump, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, President Macron of France, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch or some other twenty-first century powerful person. The censorship attempt is to save the ‘honour’ of kingdom of the Franks autocrats who died 1300 years ago.

Google says they objected to the supposedly ‘offensive’ depiction in the trailer and the film of a Frisian princess being tortured by the Frankish rulers to force her to convert to Christianity. The censorship is in the name of defending Christianity. I doubt very much whether all twenty-first century Christians agree with early medieval Frankish autocrats abusing religion as a tool in their wars and oppression of Frisians and others.

Questions in the European parliament on this: here.

The producer of the film, Klaas de Jong, says about this (translated):

I really fell off my seat: it is bizarre that US Americans now want to determine what should be offensive to Dutch people.

Google corporation reminds me of the military dictatorship in Thailand. Which persecutes people for supposedly insulting a king. Not even the present king of Thailand (or the royal dog), but a king who died four centuries ago.


Oystercatchers’ mating season

This 20 April 2018 video is about oystercatchers‘ mating season. In the background, northern lapwings.

Harry Brummelhuis made this video in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Little ringed plover mating season ‘silly walk’

This 20 April 2018 video is about the little ringed plover mating season ‘silly walk‘.

Harry Brummelhuis made the video in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Roe deer run across lake, video

This 20 April 2018 video shows roe deer running across the IJsselmeer lake off Gaasterland region in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Dutch dragonfly reserve

This 2018 video is about Wyldemerk nature reserve in the Netherlands and the dragonflies and damselflies which live there.

In the 1960s there was quarrying in a sandy area in Friesland province in the Netherlands. This led to lakelets. Fish which eat dragonfly larvae didn’t live there, so this water was excellent for dragonfly reproduction.

In 2007, the area became dragonfly reserve de Wyldemerk.

About 35 dragonfly and damselfly species live there. Including rare species like hairy dragonfly and large white-faced darter.

Experts have created a new form of highly-efficient, low-cost, sustainable insulation based on the wings of a dragonfly: here.

Eagles, goshawks quarrel about nests

This 12 March 2018 video from the Alde Feanen nature reserve in Friesland province in the Netherlands shows a big bird nest.

Both a northern goshawk couple and a white-tailed eagle bring branches to the nest. Which raptor species will end up nesting here? Featuring a female bullfinch and a short-toed treecreeper as well.

Last year, this was the sea eagles‘ nest. However, this year the eagle couple took over last year’s northern goshawk nest. The goshawks then moved to the old eagles‘ nest. Meanwhile, the goshawks have eggs there.

However, the white-tailed eagles still feel entitled to their old nest. They attack the nesting goshawks. Though goshawks are much smaller than eagles, they and their eggs have so far survived that.

Will young goshawks grow up and fledge safely in the old eagles’ nest? See the webcam at the goshawk nest.

Cattle egret on meadow

This 3 January 2017 video shows a cattle egret catching a prey on a meadow near Alde Feanen national park in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Jan Koelstra made the video.