Hi, Haters: The U.S. Department of Justice Blocks Jezebel 


Today in hilarious meta-news, Jezebel has learned that our website is evidently too hot to be viewed by select U.S. government employees. A tipster tells us that the DOJ recently blocked access to Jezebel from all workstation computers, although the other Gawker Media sites — Sportsball, that one about cars, Sidepiece Weekly— remain accessible. Here’s a picture:

The problem, apparently, is either that we are an entertainment website or that we are an “Intimate Apparel/Swimsuit” forum. (Does the DOJ know how frequently we blog while not wearing pants? How deep does this thing go?)

The tipster tell us that Jezebel was accessible from DOJ IP addresses as recently as December and that our site appears to have been blocked sometime in the past two weeks.

“Oddly enough, all other Kinja resources remain available,” they add. “I wonder why a feminist blog would be disabled while Deadspin, Gawker, Kotaku, etc. remain available?”

Why indeed.

A second DOJ tipster — we have eyes everywhere, son — subsequently confirmed that we’re blocked for them too. We phoned the DOJ’s press office and asked if we are indeed being blocked.

“I wouldn’t know about that,” the woman answering the phone replied.

“Can you try logging onto Jezebel and see what happens?” we asked.

“I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know if that’s something I should do,” she replied. The plot thickens. She promised someone would get back to me, but I’m not sure she meant it.

We’ll be launching a full-scale investigation into why the Department of Justice wants to keep our intimate apparel/swimsuit news out of the hands of their employees and by extension the American people.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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