Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Banned in the U.S.A.: Birdcloud's 'Saving Myself for Jesus' Pulled From YouTube

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You know the local duo Birdcloud. Well, YouTube has pulled their song "Saving Myself for Jesus" for violating the site's Community Guidelines. So let's take a gander, shall we?

YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it's a video of yourself, don't post it on YouTube.

Well, OK then. Maybe all that talk about "down there" got the women of Birdcloud in trouble. But there's plenty of that on YT, in case you didn't know. Here's the lyrics video for "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)" by Lloyd, a song I happen to really like — and check that feature by Three Stacks! You don't even have to press "play" to see why I picked it. But go ahead and listen: "She used to squeeze me / Oooh, grip me tight enough so she could please me / But now that pussy changed / It's such a shame that pussy changed ...

So maybe that's on the tame side, what with the metaphorical bee in the metaphorical honey and so forth. How about Spank Rock's "Backyard Betty"? I don't think anything in Birdcloud's song is any raunchier than, "Ooh that pussy gets damp / Pump that, pump that." And it's not like Makenzie and Jasmin are wearing pasties and rolling around on the floor. Not that there's anything wrong with that, right, YouTube, since you haven't taken this video down?

But maybe it's not about lady parts:

YouTube is not a shock site. Don't post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust.

OK, nothing intended to shock or disgust. Here's a band called Anal Cunt doing a song called "I Lit Your Baby on Fire."

Better yet, here's Torsofuck's "Fistfucking Her Decomposed Cadaver." A sample of the lyrics posted on the video page: "Fucking stupid bitch, your ass was dirty, you fucking dead slut / I brutally smash my fist up her cunt and rip her entrails out / Double fistfucking her asshole." Thanks to upstanding YouTube community member RapedByCannibals for the upload!

So maybe this isn't about sex or violence, but about "religiously offensive" content? "Saving Myself for Jesus" does include this verse: "I ain’t going to hell like them sumbitch Moslems / The Catholics and the Jews and Osama bin Ladens / I ain't going to hell like ol’ Charlie Manson / Jimmy Carter or the fucking Unabomber." It's pretty obviously a parody, but even if it wasn't, this video titled "All muslims go to hell - sura 19:71" hasn't been pulled:

So what gives? Here's what Birdcloud's Jasmin Kaset says in an email:

The appeal process only gives you room for 2 sentences (25-30 words) to state your case. We could only say that we are reputable musicians (well we have a reputation I guess) and that the video, like all of our videos were labelled ***Explicit in the first word of the description. And also that there was nothing spam-creating about it. Looks like we must have been flagged for spam, and then somebody who don't like country music or the truth got a little shock.

Makenzie brought up a great point. Probably the fact that those words are coming out of a woman's mouth doesn't help.

It's dumb because YouTube states in its policies, "We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view." While the song is suggestive in content, the message stripped of its irony is actually kind of good. I'm not sure if it's because they think we are making fun of Christians in the song, but we also make fun of Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and Jimmy Carter. Makenzie is a Christian and I got some Jew in me, so fuck em.

I mean there is fucked up KKK hate-group stuff all over youtube. And fire-and-brimstone see-ya-in-hell evangelical stuff. And really descriptive sexually-demeaning lyrics in tons of songs little kids are covering and dirty-dancing to all over YouTube. And they're taking us down?

It probably just comes down to someone not having a sense of humor. And not believing in doing what it takes to save it for marriage.

It's still on Vimeo and Funny or Die though. Forbidden fruit.

In the meantime, the band is asking for your help in saving "Saving Myself for Jesus." Via their website: "We are now welcoming any and all y’all to cover the song and repost on YouTube. We’re gonna raise hell!"

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