was mykki blanco's 'loner' video censored for being too queer?
'Our society grants hetero privilege to parade overly sexualized images of women for a cis male gaze yet queer imagery is policed, demeaned,' the rapper wrote on Twitter.
Two weeks ago, Mykki Blanco dropped the video for "Loner," described by the rapper as an uncomfortably personal song that "100%" marked Blanco's first foray into the pop genre. Today YouTube pulled the video for "violating YouTube's policy on nudity or sexual content," which seems a very complicated way of saying — since it features literally no explicit imagery — that the video is a little too fearlessly queer.
"This has confused all parties who worked tirelessly to create the video from the producer to the team of directors who are both Queer," Blanco wrote on Twitter today. "The only explanation we can think of as to why the music video was banned is bc of a social media produced comment thread in which an individual cites the appearance of a male 'scrotum' but that is not so and the flesh in question is a male human knee under a skirt." Blanco even posted a screenshot of the exact millisecond that posed such an existential threat to fragile heteronormativity.
"Our society grants hetero privilege to parade overly sexualized images of women for a cis male gaze yet Queer imagery is policed, demeaned, Blanco continued. "I am deeply saddened that @YouTube have engaged in this kind of homophobic double standard censorship." Sadly, this type of prejudice isn't exactly an anomaly. Years & Years quickly chimed in, tweeting, "THIS!!! TV channels HEAVILY edited our desire video and worship video because it was too queer."
YouTube has now put the video back up with a rather unnecessary content warning. Regardless, pulling it in the first place sent a homophobic message, and prejudice is unfortunately a more likely reason than Genuphobia — a crippling fear of knees.
Text Hannah Ongley
Image via Twitter