Efforts by the Harper government to silence a protest song about ousting Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has caused the song to go viral, according to Youtube viewer statistics.”
“Between the June 22, 2015, when the video of the song was first released, and August 27, the day before the news broke that Environment Canada had placed the song’s creator federal scientist Tony Turner on administrative leave, the clip had only garnered just over 40,000 views on Youtube.”
“The view count has shot up to 400,000 at the time of writing this article (August 30), rising at the rate of approximately 120,000 users a day.”
“American entertainer Barbra Streisand unwittingly lent her name to the phenomenon by trying to to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California, piquing public curiosity in the process.”
“‘Politicians unaware of Streisand effect give #Harperman the exposure needed to go viral,’ University of Alberta professor Carlos F. Lange said.