Unplanned is the real-life story of a young Planned Parenthood clinic director’s transformation into an anti-abortion activist, and it’s faced a lot backlash from liberals and pro-abortion advocates.
Twitter temporarily blocked the film’s social media account on its opening weekend, then reduced its followers from about 200,000 to 200, before reactivating it. The Motion Picture Association of America unfairly gave the move an “R” rating, the director recently testified to Congress, which banned paid placement of the trailer.
Now Google is getting in on the act by labeling the film as “propaganda” in its search, a blatantly biased description not used for similar left-leaning flicks like Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story,” the wildly criticized “Vice,” about former Vice President Dick Cheney, or Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Unplanned is labeled as propaganda.
— Ryan B. Leslie (@RyanBLeslie) April 12, 2019
Ryan B. Leslie was among the first to point out the deception on Twitter Thursday.
“Unplanned is labeled as propaganda,” he posted with images of his search results including “other films of notoriety and a filmmaker known for political films.”
The stunt isn’t the only way Google has apparently run interference.
— Kelsey Bolar (Harkness) (@kelseybolar) April 11, 2019
Unplanned director Chuck Konzelman elaborated on other issues the movie has faced during testimony before a Senate subcommittee Wednesday, though Google representatives did not show to address his complaints.
Konzelman said Google banned the movie from placing banner ads with the Google Display Network on the grounds the company does not allow abortion related ads, LifeSite reports.
“Just one problem: We weren’t doing abortion-related ads. We were marketing a move,” he said. “It’s important to note that this prohibition was solidly in place for the entire leadup to our theatrical release … Because that all-important opening weekend’s results determine the course of the film’s theatrical run … and even how much it will make in ancillary markets and overseas,” Konzelman said.
After the release, “Google came up with yet another restriction, concerning event ticket sales … one which our film’s marketers had never come across or even heard of in multiple similar campaigns,” he said.
A Google spokesperson blamed the “propaganda” label in search results on the company’s “Knowledge Graph,” which analyzes web content and assigns a label without review, Fox News reports.
“When we’re made aware of disputed facts in our Knowledge Graph, we work to fix the issues, as we’ve done in this case,” the spokesperson told the news site.
Twitter users identified the “propaganda” label used to describe the film in Variety, on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, on leftist blog “The Cut,” and other places.
Unplanned was released nationally on 1,000 screens in late March, earning about $2.72 million in its opening night despite mainstream media virtually ignoring the film and an “R” rating that restricts access to anyone under 17 without parental permission. It’s run has since extended to rake in millions more.
The movie itself centers on story of Abby Johnson, and her “journey of transformation” into a fierce advocate for life.
“As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices,” according to the Unplanned website. “Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.
“Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.”