You Watch and Decide: YouTube Originally Banned Justin Timberlake’s New Music Video for Being Too Explicit. Now, It’s Back on YouTube

Jul 8, 2013  •  Post A Comment

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:


  1. We define pornography a little different in Seattle than they do in Alabama.

  2. Being a resident, I can tell you from experience that the 300 who thought it was pornography are 300 of the people who just re-elected the supreme court judge to our state that violated the US constitution and had to be removed from the bench. Of course the laws locally do not strip you of your right to practice law after violating the constitution. It’s a mere technicality.

  3. I was able to watch a couple of minutes before the obnoxious autotuned vocals drove me off. Apparently, pornography is in the eye of the beholder. I don’t consider what I saw to be pornographic, but I sure can understand why some people would think it is.

  4. We are so afraid of anything sexual while we love seeing extreme violence and horror especially perpetrated against women. Its sad American men are fixated by breasts, to a point where women are pushed to surgically get them enlarged to an over exaggerated size, then they hypocritically call this pornography. The true pornagraphy is the poor musical quality of this piece.

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