A group of Auckland law students viral video parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has proven too raunchy for Youtube.
In a (much less offensive) remake of the original video, titled Defined Lines, students Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Zoe Ellwood replaced Thicke's topless female models with nearly naked men. They also re-recorded the lyrics to highlight just a handful of the hundreds of things wrong with the original (and heavily critiqued) version.
Despite the original Blurred Lines clip, as well as Thicke's VMA performance with Miley Cyrus, still being available on YouTube, it appears the moderators found the parody too hot to handle.
The video was removed because of inappropriate content only to be reinstated after a media kerfuffle that included reports by Jezebel and other local and international media.
Lubbock says she cannot understand why the video was taken down.
"It's [was] flagged by users as inappropriate because of sexual content.
"My opinion is people don't like the message behind it
"It was meant to be a comedic sketch and the fact that it [was] taken down is a massive double standard."
Obviously the video is simply meant to highlight the different ways women are portrayed in the media compared to men - and Youtube has reinforced that message loud and clear.
In other words: women in their undies - Okay! Men in the boxer briefs - not so much!
After making an appeal the video was reinstated. Lubbock said The video was filmed as one of a 40 skits for last week's University of Auckland Law Revue show and had gathered more than 300,000 views since Friday. The parody was well received by those in attendance.
- Fairfax NZ News and Daily Life