Last week, Justin Timberlake released his nudity-filled music video for “Tunnel Vision,” a track from his most recent release, The 20/20 Experience.
Many predicted the NSFW video would be removed from YouTube within hours, seeing as the video sharing site has a policy against nudity. But in an unexpected move, the company will continue hosting the video, saying that the seven-minute video, which features multiple nude women dancing throughout, uses nudity artistically instead of sexually.
“While our Guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age-restrictions,” a spokesperson for the Google-owned site told ABC News.
“Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context,” the spokesperson stated. “Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube.”
The decision is causing controversy around the Internet as many have pointed out that YouTube failed to apply the “artistic context” to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video, which features nudity in an extremely similar method to Timberlake’s “Tunnel Vision.” Thicke’s video was banned, but YouTube is now hosting an edited version of the clip.
Check out Timberlake’s explicit video here, and take a look at Thicke’s tamer video here.