UPDATE 31/05: So guess what? The video above, published last Friday in YouTube in response to the previous ban (read below), was taken down from YouTube yesterday. If you watch it you’ll see that the only nudity in this video are actually videos that are up and running on YouTube, with millions of views. F-u-c-k-i-n-g-n-u-t-s. Can anyone please explain what’s the logic here? So nudity & violence are ok when they are bringing some money to the channel, but an artistic film like mine can be taken down with no intelligent explanation at all?
Yesterday morning though, I woke up to an unpleasant message in my inbox. Unpleasant because no one likes seeing their work unjustly thrown in the trash.
My SFW edit of “Do You Find My Feet Suckable” was taken down for “violating the community guidelines” — even though it didn’t. In other words, I was censored.
Not a surprise. It wasn’t the first time. But let’s analyze it for a sec:
Was there any nudity or explicit sex in my video? NO.
Was my video age-restricted? YES.
Was my video any more explicit than the following Youtube content ? “camera inside of the vagina during sex in Doggy Position, deep penetration”
orLisa Ann Naked Show and Shake Ass HOT tits ass (18+),
or Make it Nasty (which should be labeled as “chauvinist” and “violent” but instead it’s a “music video”),
orThe Complete Guide for Adults,
orBest ASS Girl (latina),
or my favorite of all:Sexual Education Hygiene & Health?
(this list could go on forever)
NOPE. NOT EVEN CLOSE.
When it comes to this YouTube ban, there’s nothing else to say other than: it summarizes all of society’s laziness in debating sexual education, or trying to implement initiatives that are real and effective when it comes to eradicating violence and negative sexual behavior. In a world where Best Ass Girls, Naked Shows and Cameras Inside Vaginas run free with millions of views, I think that smart and intelligent films with erotic content should be encouraged rather than banned. From all the ways YouTube might want to save the world, misplacing sexist and hypocritical censorship or an “educational” tag, are clearly the less effective ones.
If this was food, it’d be like telling your kids they should eat vegetables but serving them a meal with two cheeseburguers and a giant Coke.
The special edit I had on my channel was focused on the narrative, context, strong characters, and a cinematography that’s actually cared for. And all without the explicit sex. It’s a way to show how erotic films can still be erotic in a more ludic, suggestive and teasing way than the regular mainstream porn society hates so much, and to show sex-positive attitudes where consent and relatability are paramount. I might be suspicious to say this but I still believe that Id’ rather have my kids watching that sort of film when they reach puberty, than any of those “educational” videos I listed before.
You tell me, YouTube, as your guidelines weren’t clear enough:
Was the ban because I missed the “educational” tag in my description?
Was it because it doesn’t follow “the dumber the better” internet unspoken rule?
Was it because the photography is actually good?
Was it because my female character is strong and has initiative?
Or maybe it was because the video was on a channel that has a real name behind it? My name, the same one that got half a million views on my TED Talk? A real name with a real face that you can point your dirty finger at?
If it’s none of the above, then what was it? I can’t wait to hear your answers.
The video is still up and running on Vimeo (with which I have a pretty healthy relationship: I respect Vimeo, and in return, Vimeo respects me back). Press play on the forbidden:
US AGAINST THE HYPOCRISY
As a filmmaker who cares about storylines and cinematography, I’ve always fought to shed some light in my work field: the sex industry. I’ve built my entire company showing my face (and the face of my team, 90% of it being female). I invite journalists to check with their own eyes how ethically-oriented my shootings are, whilst continually pushing the boundaries of the cinema industry to acknowledge that, if it’s done right, sex on screen can be a lot more than the regular porn from ten years ago. I’ve managed to do all that and create a healthy and successful company, keeping myself completely outside of the mainstream porn industry circuit. I screened my films at festivals in Chicago, London and Berlin. I was interviewed by Vogue, Marie Claire, Vice, Dazed, La Vanguardia, Hunger, Newsweek, and they were all talking about my films with respect and joy.
While explicit, violent films are still online with channel names that look more like evil corporations or random bastards with fucked up intentions, the material from serious professionals like myself, Amarna Miller, Ms. Naughy, Luna Miguel, Jennifer Lyon Bell, Pau Pappel, and many others are continuously threatened by the blurred censorship guidelines whose’s biggest worries are not to piss off their advertisers. Who are far from being sweet little angels, by the way, or did we forget about that advertising campaign that looked a lot like a gang bang?
I don’t have a problem with narrow-minded reactions to my work, but what I do have a problem with is the culture where those reactions are cultivated — how our media culture blocks out some discourses, while continuing to normalize violence and sweeping the rest under the rug. 2016 is the year that we have to say enough to unfair representations across all media channels. I’m doing my best to create erotic films where men and women are represented as human beings, with their own ideas, thoughts and desires, and whose humanity is not compromised by their sexuality in any way. They will continue to plague our visual surroundings if we don’t speak up, create our own alternatives, and protest when people get unfairly shut down or censored. We have to actively subvert the unfair depictions (especially of women) present across all cultural genres.
This isn’t the time to get lazy or resign.
I know I won’t.