You Watch and Decide: YouTube Originally Banned Justin Timberlake's New Music Video for Being Too Explicit. Now, It's Back on YouTube Rolling Stone, AL.com, YouTube
A racy new Justin Timberlake music video is running on YouTube (and can be seen below) after the website reportedly lifted a ban on it, according to Rolling Stone.
The video for “Tunnel Vision” is labeled as “explicit” on YouTube. After reportedly being banned for a short period of time, the video is back on the world's most popular video site, with a caution: "Content Warning. This video may be inappropriate for some users." It also has a box asking users to confirm their age.
“The racy video hit the web last Wednesday, and features topless women dancing lithely while a fully-clothed Timberlake dances in various montages,” Rolling Stone reports. “The seven-minute video also features images of the singer's face projected onto the naked dancers while longtime producer and collaborator Timbaland provides additional vocals.”
In a survey by Alabama Media Group’s website AL.com, more than 300 readers indicated the video is “pornographic.” More than 200 respondents labeled it “just another music video,” while 167 people considered it “art,” the AL.com story reports.
The report notes that YouTube’s official policy states: "Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube.”
Here’s the video -- with our warning that it’s more explicit than what you’re used to on YouTube. The video primarily consists of TImberlake singing and naked women dancing, with their breasts visible: