Wendy Williams and Her Panel Weigh in on YouTube Banning Robin Thicke’s Video and Not Justin Timberlake’s
Initially YouTube banned Justin Timberlake’s video for “Tunnel Vision” because of nudity. They also banned Robin Thicke’s video for Blurred Lines for the same reason. Here’s where it get’s odd. YouTube decided to lift the ban on Justin’s video. They both show nipples, so I don’t get it.
The video was taken off YouTube hours after its debut for violating the site’s explicit content policy, but was later reinstated with a content warning requiring users to sign in and verify their age.
A Google spokesperson gave the following explanation that still leaves me baffled because they are both music videos with nudity:
“While our guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age restrictions.”
I like Justin, but even with this exception, it will not be the banger that Robin’s is. BTW, “Blurred Lines” still holding the #1 spot on Billboard when I checked yesterday.
I can’t post Robin’s nude version, but I can post Justin’s. The Google police does not play.