I’m the wrong person to ask, I suppose. The argument “for the kids” has been drawn out and beaten to death. Why do we, especially Americans, get so upset about nudity? Well, I’m an American and I don’t, so maybe the question is wrong…why do a vocal minority of Americans get so upset about nudity (or sex)? Perhaps in this case it was how a new Justin Timberlake video with lots of female nudity got uploaded to YouTube: it just got uploaded without a warning and was then briefly banned, until an age-restriction gatekeeper came to save it.
Justin Timberlake’s ‘Tunnel Vision:’ What Is the Big Deal?
Here’s the link to the video, in case many of you out there get upset at hitting play on something and nudity shows up.
So, there is a sort of, “Innocent and Guilty” aspect to the uploading of this video. Probably knowing full well that it would get pulled, the Timberlake VEVO channel uploaded this video with barely any warning other than it was the “explicit” version. As Variety mentions, “getting banned by YouTube appears to be a popular strategy for going viral.” And let’s face it, that’s exactly what this channel did on purpose so that we’d talk about it. “Did you hear? That Timberlake video got banned for nudity.”
“Oh cool! Nudity! Where can I see it?”
“I dunno. It got banned.”
“No wait, it looks like you can see it if you click through an age-restriction thing. Cool!”
And, so, our curiosity is sated. There are naked women in it. Are you happy now? Yes.
Now, it doesn’t look like there was a tremendous uproar over this video or anything. YouTube pulled the video before there was outrage. But we heard about the ban before anyone had the chance to protest.
Robin Thicke had the same issue with “Blurred Lines” earlier this year for doing exactly the same thing. The video was pulled from YouTube but can still be seen on VEVO proper.
Anyway, once again we go through that debate, “Why is this not OK when extreme violence, perhaps bad language, and hate speech go on without a real filter?” I’m a free speech advocate, so none of those things bother me. But I do know that they bother other people, and I respect that. But no one gets up-in-arms about the other stuff that kids can stumble across on YouTube. Well, maybe they do…but parents can always monitor what their kids watch, and as adults…if we are inclined to be offended then we might as well self-impose the age filter blocker on our own settings.
And if we create such content we need to be sure that people know what they’re getting into before they press play. I think it’s OK to think “nothing is off limits” when it comes to art, I’m totally down with that. But having the ability to recognize others may not have that same opinion is good common sense and respectful of people in general.