Since 2009, The Warwick Rowers have been dutifully undressing for a hugely successful calendar and donating all of its profits to charities like pro-gay organization Sport Allies and The University of Warwick.
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Despite the project achieving worldwide recognition as a fundraising initiative, YouTube has made the executive decision to ban The Warwick Rowers on account of their being “pornographers,” according to a joint statement released by the group and photographer Angus Malcolm.
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“Several years ago, the plucky Warwick Rowers were thrown off Google Checkout’s payment processing service without notice,” the statement reads, “a decision that was upheld on appeal, on the grounds that the Warwick Rowers are pornographers.”
Today, in a similar vein, YouTube has decided that the rowers’ public awareness campaign aimed at promoting greater tolerance among young people is unsuitable for, uh, young people. Way to go, Google!
Bizarrely, Google were a lot more relaxed only a few days ago when the Warwick Rowers reported that a Google user was illegally sharing their charity fundraising content. Google twice rejected the Warwick Rowers appeal for help, before shutting up shop for the weekend with the content still available, and did not manage to respond effectively until after the rowers threatened legal action against the corporation.
“And these are the guys who promise to do no evil,” commented one rower, saddened at seeing their hard work for charity being undermined by the massive corporation. “That’s not been our experience at all.”
Well, at the very least, there’s still Vimeo. The intrepid crew has decided to post their banned video over there for the foreseeable future.
Show your support by ogling them in all their ineffable glory HERE, Google be damned.
The calendars are cheeky fun and nothing more. I got one for Christmas last year. My niece’s husband was looking through it with their 5-year-old son. The kid’s only comment afterwards was, “Daddy, they are boys like you, but they don’t look like you.” Kid has good taste.
What are the odds that GLAAD will lift a finger to intervene with Youtube on behalf of these pro-gay allies who raise funds to combat anti-gay bullying? Zero. GLAAD is 100% transjacked and no longer works to defend LGB people and our allies in the media.
I just went to YouTube and searched them. I saw their promos for 2016 and 2017 calendars and other posts.
YouTube has had a history of being against male nudity or the body in general. When twerking first started you could find as many female videos as you wanted but male videos would be shut down. Also male gay kissing videos and didn’t helix do a version of Blurred Lines that was taken down? Yet the topless version by Robin Thicke is fine. I thought they were doing better. They said the videos are taken down because they were flagged. they were just trying to put the blame on imaginary homophobes when in reality they just adhere to a double standard. If a video is racy then you have to sign in and responsible parents should be the ones making their kid’s accounts which ask for a birth date so I’m not buying googles reasoning
No peen, no porn.
More societal sexism and homophobia. If they were females there would be no problem.
Youtube has always been notoriously anti-gay. Because techies in general have a history of being misogynists and homophobes. Anything even remotely provocative gets banned. Yet you have video after video of women running around with their tits hanging out and thats just fine.
Now I’m really confused. Just the other day I discovered several films with full frontal nudity in them . . . some with boys definitely under 18. (Foreign of course.) I thought things were looking up, now this crap.
“Don’t be Evil”?
Google hasn’t practiced that for a half-dozen years now.
I just went into YouTube and watched their Promos for 2016 calendar and 2017 calendar. What gives?
I think this is a false report. Youtube and Google haven’t banned nudity for a long time. They label it for mature audiences only. I’ve seen hundreds of nudes on youtube from amateurs. As long as its not sexual. Warwick Rowers don’t show full frontal as far as I know.
Pornographers??? I have their 2016 calendar next to my desk even as we speak, and I would only be happy if those gentlemen displayed more of themselves than they do. 🙂
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