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What does YouTube have against man candy?

If you haven’t caught the new “Pink Paradise” Andrew Christian ad on YouTube yet (it features lots of men in undies. And pink. I wonder if they’ve found a nice girl yet . . .), then you might be shit out of luck in that department because YouTube yanked the video after getting whatever religious undergarments they’re wearing up in a bunch.

Look, we get that the video is risqué and all, but a lot of this goes back to this weird double standard YouTube has against, specifically, videos with gay-oriented sexy times.

Think about it this way: typing “women dancing in bikinis” into YouTube’s search engine got me 14,400 videos. “Women dancing in thongs” brought up 16,800. Compare this to men. “Men dancing in speedos” brought in only 572 videos, most of which consisted of “Haha! Fat people in Speedos are hilarious!” So I tried “men dancing in thongs” — 1,450 videos came up, which ranged from “Fat people in thongs? Oh my sides!” to “Did you mean ‘women dancing in thongs’? Because here are women dancing in thongs."

But Jeremy, say the italicized imaginary skeptics that I will happily set up on the side to act as my scarecrows. What about LMFAO’s video for “Sexy and I Know It"? Here’s the thing: that entire video was about guys showing off their bodies for women. The song and accompanying video had all the male skin and camp appeal of Andrew Christian’s car wash ad, and yet only one of them was given das boot from YouTube. And on a completely unrelated note, it was only a couple weeks ago that YouTube temporarily banned a video by Perfume Genius that featured Arpad Miklos.

So what’s going on here, YouTube? Are you staffed by a bunch of straight guys who get the heebie-jeebies watching men sexualize themselves for other men? All we’re asking is that you give us the same rights and respect as the guys who can find hundreds of thousands of girls by searching for “sexy girls kissing."

Here’s the open letter from AC to YouTube:

Dear YouTube,

Your removal of our video “Pink Paradise” and two-week block of the Andrew Christian YouTube account has left us feeling unsettled.

There are thousands of videos that target the heterosexual audience currently on YouTube that show blatant female nudity and sexual scenarios with millions of views. (The video links below are examples of the double standard.)

Our video was meant to be a fun way to feature our new line of underwear. We’re disappointed and confused about its removal for inappropriate content when there are hundreds of thousands of videos featuring overtly sexual female imagery. We are a company that only produces menswear, and it feels unfair that our ads are held to different standards for featuring the male body.

There is no doubt in our mind that there would be no issue if the exact same video was posted with female models instead of male. Are you being homophobic or is it something else?

All we request is for our account to be unblocked, and the “Pink Paradise” video to be restored with its original view count so we may continue to regard YouTube as a fair and balanced outlet for reaching our audience. 

For now, here’s AC’s “Car Wash” ad, because eat a dick, YouTube. 

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