Stipe Attacks YouTube Bosses Over Perfume Genius Video Ban

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January 26, 2012 | 9:00pm EST

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has waded into a new decency debate after a video promoting Perfume Genius’ new album was pulled from
The Everybody Hurts singer was appalled to learn that bosses of the video sharing website had banned the clip, featuring singer Mike Hadreas embracing a gay porn star.

Explaining the decision, YouTube chiefs insist the video violates the website’s adult image policy, adding the footage “promoted mature sexual themes”.

But Stipe insists the move is just “dumbheaded discrimination”.

In a post on his blog, Stipe rants, “I’ve been listening to the new Perfume Genius record. It is a beautiful and amazing record and a stunning 2nd album and achievement. But in trying to advertise the record and first video, this short clip has been banned by YouTube.

“For YouTube to deem this advertisement as ‘non family safe’ is dumbheaded discrimination; I find their actions in doing so disgraceful and cowardly. YouTube, shame on you. You were born of the 21st Century, now act like it.”