YouTube pulls MIA's Born Free clip due to excessive violence towards ginger citizens
* From: NewsCore
* April 27, 2010
BRITISH rapper M.I.A.'s new video for her song Born Free has been banned from YouTube due to its excessive violence - with redheads bearing the brunt.
Gawker reported the video features US flag-wearing military forces rounding up and killing redheaded citizens of a war-torn desert nation.
The forces, who wear ski masks, body armour and tote guns, abduct the redheaded males, force them onto a bus and then take them to the desert where they brutalise them and kill one before hunting down the rest as they try to escape.
Reviewers have said the video is a commentary on the genocide of ethnic minorities and "the trampling of personal liberties, the bullying of the powerless by those with authority," MTV reported.
Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.
End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar.
Directed by Romain Gavras, the nine-minute long clip from the singer of Tamil Sri Lankan origin has been likened to that nation's civil war.
But YouTube has refused to show the clip, with the rapper originally blaming her record company UMG for the decision.
"F*** UMG WHO WONT SHOW IT ON YOUTUBE! FOR THE U.S," she posted on Twitter.
She later retracted the comment after finding it had been YouTube's decision.
Gawker said the video was "no worse that what one can see in most rated-R movies or even on some prime-time television shows".
"Its hard to get through this without feeling something," Entertainment Weekly said of the clip, while MTV called it a "form of political protest".
While the official version of the video has been removed, several other copies are still available on YouTube and other video sites.
Seems everything is becoming censored these days.
I'm a "ginger" and I don't find this in any way offensive or disturbing. From what they said about it's purpose it is a valid and informative protest method.