YOUTUBE: Says Sexually Explicit Doesn’t Have to Mean Nudity to Violate Terms – Bans Pornstar’s Simulated BJ Video – I Say Good Call :)

By Simone Wilson Wed., Jan. 18 2012 at 11:50 AM

 

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Oh heavens, girl!

Update: Here’s the original, uploaded to Snow’s personal site. Just as tame as she described it. 

Wrong day to err on the conservative side of content regulation, YouTube. (See: #StopSopa.)

Los Angeles porn star Aurora Snow — a real fan favorite, best known for her inimitable deep-throating skills — is calling out the site for taking down “How to Make a Banana Happy,” a homemade instructional guide on giving a banana a BJ. Her fans are calling the seemingly discriminatory censorship “bananagate” …

… because why not be dramatic at such an important moment for Internet freedom?

We didn’t have the good fortune to view the video before it was pulled, but Snow rants on Twitter that there was “no nudity involved. I was fully dressed playing with a banana and you remove it??”

To that, YouTube gives only its stock response: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content. Sorry about that.”

Yeah, you better be. Snow’s now on a tear of sarcastic revenge commentary:

So what exactly did she do wrong in the original? Here’s YouTube’s sexual-content policy in full, which is written so that moderators can essentially remove whatever their heart desires.

“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. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the video and it is not gratuitously graphic. For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the documentary might not be.”

Deep-throating a banana is, without doubt, “intended to be sexually provocative.” (Especially when soundtracked by that awe-inspiring glug glug glug noise Snow is so famous for making; she’s basically the one-woman dubstep DJ of porn.)

But half the crap on YouTube is sexually provocative — some of it even resembling softcore porn. Take the video of Bree Olson, former girlfriend of L.A. trainwreck Charlie Sheen, getting off to some creepy dude sucking her toes. And in that one, she’s just a sheer piece of lingerie fabric away from full nudity.

Hmmm. Snow has accused the media (namely, Playboy) of discriminating against porn stars before, then making exceptions when they break into any sort of mainstream celebritydom, as Sasha Grey did on HBO’s “Entourage” and Olson did with, uh, a front-page residency on the nation’s tabloids.

But it appears an OG pornstress like Snow, sticking to what she does best — and, in this case, trying to share that wisdom with the world — can’t seem to catch a break. Damn you, America!

[@simone_electra / swilson@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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