8th May 2013
Religious imagery in video for The Next Day sees it taken down from YouTube and reinstated with over-18 restriction
David Bowie‘s latest music video featuring him as a Christ-like figure surrounded by women in skimpy outfits and priests in a bar was pulled from YouTube on Wednesday, before being returned with an adult-only rating.
The video for the single The Next Day was temporarily removed from the video-sharing website with a screenshot saying it had been taken down because its content violated YouTube’s terms of service, the singer’s publicist said.
The video also stars Oscar-winning French actor Marion Cotillard as a woman with blood spurting from stigma-like wounds, as well as Oscar nominee Gary Oldman as a priest condemning Bowie.
A spokeswoman for Google-owned YouTube said the video was pulled then returned with a restriction for viewers aged 18 and above.
“With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call,” she said. “When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”
Written, conceived by and starring Bowie, the video for The Next Day – the title track from his latest album, released in March – was directed by the Italian filmmaker Floria Sigismondi.
Until the album was announced in January, Bowie had shunned the limelight following a heart attack on tour in 2004. He has not performed on stage since 2006.