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PETA: Too Sexy for YouTube?

Written by PETA | December 2, 2008

Like pretty much everyone else on the planet, we at PETA have a YouTube account. Unlike (most) other accounts, we use ours to broadcast and share PETA’s funny and provocative ads and public service announcements. Turns out that some of our ads may have been a little too hot for TV YouTube.

After uploading our “Sexy Celebs” video—which features some of our best, hottest, and “nakedest” celebrity ads—we found that, within the week, the video had been rejected and our account temporarily suspended. Oops! Sorry, YouTube! We knew that PETA’s ads are often too hot for TV—but we didn’t know that you would object to a little friendly side-boob too!

Though YouTube might not be too happy with our video (maybe we’ll work on one using burkas soon), we’re still more than happy to show it to you if you promise to pass it on. Behold—a video you won’t find anywhere else!


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It’s not just side-boob that YouTube has recently banned. They have also banned other videos of ours in the past, including our (actually pretty tame) “When I Grow Up” video and footage from our Turkey Farm Investigation. Give them a look and judge for yourself! Do you think YouTube was right to ban these videos?

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  • Doug says:

    Well it seems like PETA has once again overeacted. Im bot suprised. YouTube removes all videos like that with the exception of sex ed videos. Those videos show diagrams not photos of real women!! I’ve seen videos more tame than this get taken down. PETA your morals are right but they way you do things is backwards. I hope someone from PETA reada this and maybe they will gain something from it. Btw I have nothing against PETA I am a proud vegan.

  • nottanya says:

    As a woman, I find this appalling. As an animal rights activist, I will no longer distribute PETA material. PETA seems to think that it needs to recruit men who watch porn in the ranks of animal rights. I am guessing it will do so at the loss of its members that value women as much as the animals.

  • polishko says:

    Why aren’t there any naked men in PETA’s ads?

  • Allison says:

    I’m all for the ethical treatment of animals. But I’m also for the ethical treatment of women. I find these ads degrading and disgusting. I think this ad campaign is sexist and is pushing away an audience that might otherwise support PETA and it’s excellent cause.

  • Sarah says:

    This is so stupid! I cannot believe that YouTube will allow basically porn videos but not videos promoting animal rights!

  • Wobbles says:

    Tolynda downie One of the reasons I put “the thing I find disturbing is how some women are using this freedom” is that I feel it also discredits PETA and the people within the company and the people who support it on an intellectual and moral levels. Anyone can strip and say they are supporting animal rightscall young me old fashionedbut I am less likely to listen let alone support a company which uses too much nudity. I feel that if you can reach people on an intellectual level and enlighten them rather than getting in their face and insulting themyou’re bound to get better results. Which would be why I said “I congratulate those vegetarians and activists who can make their point in an assertive manner with their clothing on.D”. But I guess this is downside of freedomyou can’t tell anyone what to do. P But you can have an opinion and I am glad that on this page everyone is diplomatically stating theirs and not attacking another person because they have a different opinionunlike on other forums. P Cheers Wobbles

  • Lor says:

    Well let’s face it. The one with all the naked women? That’s shameless marketing. But the other is actually well thought out. I watched a little bit and I found it strong but not bad. Did I miss something later on with gore? I didn’t watch the turkey one but I decided I didn’t want more gore in my life P Point is that it was probably gross but hey youtube has been slowly dying since google took over.

  • Gisele says:

    I can’t believe it!

  • lynda downie says:

    Wobbles said “…the thing I find disturbing is how some women are using this freedom.” But that’s the point of freedom individual women having the right to use their freedom as THEY see fit ie.clad or nudenot having others dictate how they should express it.

  • Bethany says:

    They shouldnt have removed this. Nobody was fully nude and I have seen much worse on youtube. There are naked bodies all over youtube because of “educational” reasons. So I could look at a mans private parts on youtube because they say its “educational” which it may be…but most people don’t go on youtube to get college degrees. I can watch a woman give birth because its “beautiful” and “educational” but I cant watch this video because it shows a woman barely naked covering herself to promote animal welfare? Silly Youtube.

  • bob says:

    Youtube might have banned your vids due thier future corporate advertiser deals and they don’t want to offend any future sponsers

  • kaylie says:

    the when I grow up video? They deleted that? What the hell..

  • Wobbles says:

    Personally I find these sort of PETA ads offensive. Its like porn for a causewhich doesn’t make it any more morally legit than porn itself. I also think that if the women who had fought for woman’s rights saw these sort of ads they would be disgusted too.Yes their hard work is what won the freedom for women today in North America to be able to vote speak freelyand be counted as a human being the thing I find disturbing is how some women are using these freedoms. I congratulate those vegetarians and activists who can make their point in an assertive manner with their clothing on.D Way to go guys! As for youtube its their site and they can do whatever they see fiteven if it does mean they will ban certain things and allow others. Hey at least some of the slaughter videos are still on there.

  • marcie says:

    didn’t some kid just commit suicide on youtube?? nuff said

  • ZER0 says:

    I think this is really ridiculous and unfair. These pictures are actually for most of them pretty tasteful beautiful and artistic!! YouTube doen’t have a right to ban this when there are nearly pornographic videos but just beacuse porno or rap videos aren’t really too offensive to some conservatives then it’s “okay.”

  • bbr says:

    I don’t think it’s necessary to mention using “burkas” next time. What does that have to do with anything? I get your point but c’mon. Grow up. Prove that YouTube is being unfair. I have seen graphic content on youtube. AND you even have to say you’re 18 which they can’t prove before you can view certain content. It’s dumb to ban whatever you posted seeing as how you can see videos of people getting beat up and provactive stuff girls bouncing their nasty booty’sand such on youtube. Youtube is kinda dumb anyway. They let idiots post things that make zero sense so why won’t they let PETA make their point?

  • jeffrey says:

    not too sexy at all if anything not enough. the state of the union undress is what brought me interest to peta to start with. the more girls you get to strip the more i’ll be watching your message on protecting animals.

  • Aneliese says:

    I’ve seen far more provacative videos that have been allowed on YouTube maybe PETA is too sexy for YouTube!

  • Sean says:

    No I’d have to say the banning was justified. YouTube is strict with the nonudity thing

  • roxanne says:

    No they should have not banned peta youtube since Youtube has videos posted on hunting squirrels and fur promotion and kittypuppy sales. Youtube should permit both sides of the issue or none. Maybe peta should start PETATUBE

  • Abby says:

    If youtube is applying its rules to everyone then yes they have the right to ban the videos. If however they allow videos from other sources that have similarly unclad or scantily clad women then they are not applying the rules uniformly and there is a problem.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    The lovely PETA ladies are photographed very tastefully with minimal T A. To find those photos offensive is to find the beauty of the human body offensive. To view truly obscene and disturbing videos on YouTube just do a search for “cattle slaughter.” You may though have to confirm you’re not a minor. This video for example boasts how its company’s slaughter equipment can kill 60 cattle per hour I suppose we should really thank YouTube for these videos though since watching the gentle bigeyed cows get prodded to their bloody deaths is likely to make you go veg.

  • Jo-Anne Carlyle says:

    I can’t believe YouTube ban the “When I grow up” vid. Seriously what is wrong with that? The Turkey Farm Investigation is very distressing to watch but really YouTube there are worst things on your website.

  • Yeah says:

    Of course Youtube has the right to ban this they have the right to ban whatever they want. Their site their rules. Trying to suggest Youtube has a grudge against PETA or what it stands for is rather silly.

  • simran says:

    Now i don’t like youtube anymore!!!!

  • Becci says:

    I think it’s ridiculous that they banned footage from the turkey farm investigation considering that they allow turkey hunting videos! I will write them an email not that it will do anything unfortunately and would love it if other people did the same.

  • Robert E. Lee says:

    Youtube bans alot of videos unfairly. Plus I’ve seen more graphic content on other youtube videos but hey the country is run by the same people you’ll find on the Quaker Oatmeal boxes so what can one do besides keep making new accounts.