Mykki Blanco's 'Loner' Back on YouTube After Calling Out Video's 'Homophobic' Removal

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Mykki Blanco photographed at Reb Bull Studios on September 10, 2015 in New York. 

"Why is queer sexuality censored and policed but images for a cis male gaze of sexualized women are not?"

Mykki Blanco's "Loner" video was removed from YouTube on Friday (Dec. 2) for failing to meet the site's "community guidelines," following its release last week. Now the video is back online following an outcry from Blanco and his fans, accusing YouTube of censoring the piece out of "homophobia."

According to Blanco, who posted a screen shot of the "image in question," YouTube took down the video because it shows a man's "bulge." 

As Blanco and others were quick to point out, there are many videos on YouTube that show just as much or more explicit material but are acceptable because they align with heterosexual standards of sexuality. 

"Why is Queer sexuality censored & policed but images for a Cis male gaze of sexualized women are not ?" Blanco tweeted. 

Blanco also said there had been a "social media produced comment thread" where someone said the video had an image of a male "scrotum" -- an erroneous claim. 

"Our society grants hetero privilege to parade overly sexualized images of women for a cis male gaze yet Queer imagery is policied, demeaned," Blanco tweeted. 

Now the video is back online but with a "content warning" that requires viewers to sign in to confirm their age before viewing. 

"We now wonder why this is necessary," Blanco's manager David Swartz told Mic. "Countless videos across the YouTube platform featuring overtly and blatantly sexual imagery (and actual nudity) are available with no requirement for age verification, so why is that so for this video by Mykki? Why does YouTube want to restrict access to this video? Why does YouTube see this video as any different than all those which have completely open access to users of all ages?"

Blanco also commented to Mic with a statement: "It is exhausting that as a queer artist not only do I experience homophobia in the entertainment industry but also censorship for the unapologetically queer imagery I promote."

Billboard has reached out to YouTube but did not receive a comment at time of publishing. 

Watch Blanco's "Loser" video here, followed by his tweets in response to the takedown. 

 

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