VIDEO REMOVED FOR VIOLATING YOUTUBE COMMUNITY GUIDELINES. ARBITRARY, UNFAIR, CAPRICIOUS CENSORSHIP OF FETISH ART PERFORMANCE.
YouTube, this is my ANGRY face when I think of you right now!!!
YouTube removed my Black Veil Goth party video. Not for copyright reasons (I had permission to film and all the footage belonged to me). No, Herr YouTuben decrees: “Your video has been disabled for violating Community Guidelines.”
The Tube Nazi doesn’t tell users WHY they supposedly violated their “Community Guidelines.” Nor does it let users respond. Nope, YouTube simply removes your video and slaps you with a penalty, and that’s that. “Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to YouTube and/or the termination of your account.”
My guess is that Herr YouTuben removed my Black Veil video… because it has 20 seconds of a fetish performance at the very end.
I’ve uploaded the “offending” video above and here on MetaCafe. Watch the fetish clips at the end and decide for yourself. The submissive girl is not naked: she’s wearing underwear, and the lighting is very dark so you can hardly see anything. Yes, she is being flagellated, but the context is quite clear: this is a consensual stage performance by adults at a Gothic party.
This is not porn, gratuitous violence or shock material. This is more of a dark arts performance than anything sexual.
And I think if you watch the entire video, my intent is quite clear: I’m reporting on what goes on at Osaka’s Black Veil event. Most of the video is about DJ Taiki’s set, Kozi’s appearance, and The Dark Marchen’s avantgarde stage show. It wouldn’t be honest coverage to leave out the fetish clips — because this is a part of Gothic/Industrial subculture; this is what goes on at almost every Tokyo and Osaka Goth party. I don’t think it was right for YouTube to flag my channel, and leave other videos of animal and human cruelty standing.
YouTube has been engaging in other Nazi-like behavior lately. For instance, artist David Choi got his channel shut down for performing covers… hello, what about free use?
I’m not happy with YouTube. But they’re the leading video host, and a major connecting ground.
And so, I’ve posted the original video here on Metacafe. I put an edited version back on my YouTube channel (also above) with a RANT about their actions (so that my subscribers know what’s up). Let’s see if they take my free speech down, eh?
I’m curious to hear: what are your thoughts on this YouTube debacle? If you found this enraging, please Share this post on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks — let’s get the word out.
PS: don’t forget to read the story of DJ Taiki’s Black Veil Goth ball in this post.
UPDATE: This is getting more ridiculous by the minute. Metacafe pulled my video as well. But DJ Taiki uploaded a video of Black Veil that shows naked boobs, fetish whipping… and YouTube hasn’t taken it down. Yet…