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Porn site says it exists to help the lonely at Christmas

Commentary: A Christmas YouTube ad for PornHub suggests that the site offers special, personal gifts.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Lonely, but resisting silence.

PornHub/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Not everyone will hear jingling bells and enjoy sleigh rides in the snow.

Not everyone will be fortunate enough to be held tightly in the bosom of a family that loves them.

For them, there is pornography.

No, that's not my suggestion. It's merely the intimation gleaned from the new Christmas ad for PornHub that's been proudly slipped onto YouTube.

Here we see real people for whom Christmas isn't necessarily joy a-bundled.

To the tune of "Silent Night" with some improvised lyrics, we see a security guard, a cleaning woman, a student and so many more coming to terms with spending Christmas alone.

They are sad. What to do? Clearly, PornHub has a suggestion. It promises to be a light in people's lives, one that takes them out of their misery by transporting them elsewhere.

It's something of a tradition for this site to offer Xmas succor. Last year, it suggested that buying a so-called Premium package was the very delight your grandfather was looking for.

Now it has extended that suggestion to so many among us.

Some might see this as a noble sentiment. However, it's rather let down by a tagline that wrecks the mood: "Have Yourself A Horny Little Christmas."

It's a miserable ending, a cascade of crassness onto a work that actually has some human truth buried within.

Some people just don't know when to stop.