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The Porno Switcheroo Archives: Sesame Street’s YouTube Hacked

By Gabe Delahaye / October 17, 2011 - 10:15 am

Technically speaking, a Porno Switcheroo is an unintentional instance of pornography. So, the big Powerpoint presentation for the meeting with the bosses that could mean that promotion you’ve been working towards is suddenly interrupted by an embedded Quicktime. Or, the local cable company accidentally airs Dora The Vagina Explorer at 3PM on a Saturday during what was supposed to be a Gummi Bears marathon. Hackers who purposefully replace Sesame Street content with pornographic is something altogether different, although the effects are the same. Also, the Porno Switcheroo Archives is not actually a real thing, so maybe we can relax and not be such sticks in the mud. From CNN:

Hackers appeared to have commandeered the YouTube page of the venerable “Sesame Street” children’s show Sunday, reprogramming the page with content brought to you by the letter “X.” [Ed. note: BOOOOOO!]

The show page was taken offline Sunday afternoon, and visitors were greeted with a message from the video website informing them it had been shut down “due to repeated or severe violations of our community guidelines.” Users who called up the account earlier had found explicit sex videos instead of Muppets.

Uh…..GOTCHA? Not real clear on the point of this. Out of all the things in the world, Sesame Street seems like one of the more innocuous things. It is for children and it is about friendship. I’m just saying that if you want to bring a YouTube page to its knees (?!) surely there are better targets. C is for Confusing. Oh look, I’m a CNN writer now!