Update 5/8/2013 2:30 P.M: YouTube has restored the video for “The Next Day.” A YouTube spokesperson told Reuters that, “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”
David Bowie’s latest music video was pulled from YouTube recently under the implications that it had violated the video site’s terms of service. The video for title track “The Next Day,” conceived and written by Bowie, pretty much plays out exactly how something created by a man who doesn’t remember the ‘70s would.
In short, the video features Bowie playing a monk-like figure, Gary Oldman dressed as a priest and actress Marion Cotillard bleeding from stigmata wounds. The best way to describe it — as one would also describe a velvet-draped motorcycle sex chase as being “super Prince” — is to say it is super, super Bowie.
The most baffling portion of this whole banned Bowie debacle resides within the fact that the media is just plum stumped at why YouTube would pull the music video. Maybe it’s a conspiracy to censor all religious imagery on YouTube or damming evidence that YouTube is controlled by Bible-thumping conservatives? Or, maybe it has something to do with blood shooting all over people, including a topless woman. But who knows, I’m not an expert.
The video is still running at Vevo, where a woman can cover another woman in blood without fear of “the man” stepping in. You can check it out above. Be warned, it is NSFW.