Friday, May 11, 2007

Banned By YouTube!

I have to wonder if it was a politically-motivated attack on my freedom of speech, or just another example of a private company deciding not to carry something because they consider it "pornographic"? Whatever, the trailer for my directorial debut, "Sperm! The Motion Picture," was removed from YouTube this week, for I believe they said violation of use. The producer of said film, Chris Gortz, got on the case as soon as we found out, contacted someone there who told him that they review clips that are "flagged," which our clip was a couple of months ago, I think, and if they don't like it for whatever reason, they kick it off. Well, they didn't like ours and kicked it. Now, if you do a search for "Ricky Sprague" on YouTube you get clips of the infamous professional wrestler, Ricky Sprague the Tsunami Kid, wrestling Casanova, a clip which I've already linked to on this blog, and to which I refuse to link again, out of prinicple. Boy, do I feel indignant. I can feel the blood in my veins slowing even as I write this. Damn, damn, damn.

Here is the (Not Safe For Work!) website for the movie where you cannot (temporarily, I promise) see the trailer, but you can play a fun video game and read some stupid stuff.

Now, of course, we'll be promoting the film as "banned by YouTube," if we ever get ourselves in gear and actually get it screened somewhere. Getting it shown in film festivals would certainly help ease the sting of having my freedom of speech violated. I know, I know, it's a private company, they're under no obligation to feature the trailer, it's not like the government is kicking in my door for showing it-- but don't you see that's actually WORSE??? I expect this kind of behavior from the government, but not from a private business like YouTube.

And here is an article I found that relates directly to my current situation. It's interesting, and not only because YouTube has wronged me.

Anyway, I wonder if Wal-Mart has a video sharing website?

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