The Orthodox Calendar, a gay favorite that tackles sexuality in the Orthodox church with male models dressed as priests, says that YouTube has banned its account. Details follow.
A press release sent out this morning makes the claim:
After tens of thousands of viewings, we suddenly had our preview video for Orthodox Calendar 2013 banned from YouTube and our YouTube account immediately terminated, without any warning! YouTube even rejected our appeal and insists that our video violated Its Community Guidelines.
Our posting had no profanity, no pornography, no hate speech, no nudity except bare buttocks. It is anybody's guess how our preview video could possibly violate the YouTube Community Guidelines, which our attorney has reviewed. YouTube has not provided any further explanation.
Is it possible that religious authorities or even governments pressured YouTube to shut us down? Whatever questions might arise about whether or not the persons pictured in our calendar are or are not priests, we first and foremost want to generate discussions, including as to the role of religion in oppressing "undesirable" minorities like gays, corruption & hypocrisy in organized religions, etc.
How ironic that in the same year that Russia -- at the behest of the Russian Orthodox Church -- imprisoned members of Pussy Riot for exercising their rights of free speech, YouTube decided to quash our right to free speech?
OC has already launched a new YouTube account and re-added its videos, but if you want a taste of the video that they believe got them banned, check out the Vimeo-hosted NSFW hotness below:
Orthodox Calendar preview 2013 from OrthodoxCalendar on Vimeo.