Singer Mykki Blanco has had his latest music video, “Loner” removed (and reinstated) after he called their decision to censor his video as a “homophobic double standard”.

By Imnotcmjames (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Imnotcmjames (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The musician slammed the video platform for what he called a “homophobic double standard” when his video for “Loner” was apparently removed and then reinstated, but censored with users having to sign in to confirm their age, after YouTube said the video breached their community guidelines.

The star took to Twitter to slam the Google-owned platform,

https://twitter.com/MykkiBlanco/status/804724831396757505?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/MykkiBlanco/status/804725088247541764?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

https://twitter.com/MykkiBlanco/status/804726682464768000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

The problem seemed to lie in the fact that someone at YouTube thought the video contained a real life man’s scrotum, which was actually a man’s knee. Heaven forbid!

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Heaven forbid!

https://twitter.com/MykkiBlanco/status/804727727366479872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

The video was later reinstated by YouTube, but now viewers must sign in to view the video. Speaking to MIC Mykko said that as an artist he’s experienced homophobia in the entertainment industry.

“It is exhausting that as a queer artist not only do I experience homophobia in the entertainment industry but also censorship for the unapologetically queer imagery I promote,” Blanco told Mic, noting that “topless women with bare buttocks is acceptable, [yet] suggestive queer imagery is banned.”

YouTube has allowed videos with much more sexually suggestive imagery without censorship. Videos such as Eric Prydz’s “Call On Me” and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”  are not blocked.