YouTube removes music video criticizing Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan

YouTube has removed a popular music video criticizing the Biden administration for its disastrous handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The video for “Blood on My Hands,” posted by singer-songwriter John Ondrasek, was removed Friday due to violations of YouTube’s “Graphic Content Policy.” “I just received a notification about it @Youtube Ondrasik deleted Blood on My Hands – White House Docu-Music, on Twitter Friday in response to the video’s deletion. The video contains several images from news reports showing individuals allegedly injured or killed by Taliban forces in the area.

Ondrasik also included a long statement in the tweet. “Prior to publication, I placed a ‘graphic warning’ disclaimer at the front of the video to let the public know that the content would not be appropriate for younger audiences due to images of Taliban atrocities,” Ondrasek wrote. “YouTube has reviewed the video and has introduced a limitation on children’s content which I appreciate and find appropriate.”

“The video has since gone viral with over 250,000 successful digital videos and has resonated, particularly with war veterans and Afghans around the world. Today (5 days later) Youtube has removed the video for violating its Graphic Content Policy,” Ondrasic added.

He continued, “Not showing Taliban atrocities in any technical statement about Afghanistan would be a gross injustice to the victims and enable the Taliban’s continued persecution of 40 million Afghan citizens.” “YouTube deleted the video after 5 days, due to its increasing popularity, should concern anyone who values ​​freedom of expression and advocates for humanitarian causes.”

“Finally, the fact that within 5 minutes I found several YouTube videos containing similar atrocities of the Taliban, that YouTube is monetizing, It gives me a reason to ask YouTube for an explanation. Best, I will then ask to repost the video raising money for private organizations rescuing Afghans at high risk, veterans’ charities, and Afghan refugee foundations, while drawing attention to the starving, desperate and besieged population.” End.

YouTube has since responded to Ondrasik’s tweet. Follow-up: This was our mistake and we brought your video back. So sorry this happened and thanks for being patient while we work on it.” Follow-up: This was our mistake and we brought your video back. So sorry this happened and thanks for being patient while we work on it,” YouTube tweeted Ondrasik in response.

As of this article’s publication, the video has been reinstated, with age restricted.

Ondrasik, also known by his stage name Five for Fighting, is a Grammy-nominated singer best known for his pop songs “Superman” and “100 Years”. Both songs were on the Billboard Top 40 in the early 2000s.

In a blog post on his website, Ondrasik outlined the inspiration for writing the song:

Like all Americans, I was stunned and horrified by the images of corpses falling from planes, mothers handing children on walls, and terrified Afghans being crushed to death at checkpoints by our swift withdrawal from Afghanistan. I am deeply disturbed by the plight of Afghan women who have been forced to live under Taliban rule and felt very sad when I read a story about folk singer Fuad Andarabi being dragged out of his house and shot by the Taliban…

The day 13 of our soldiers and more than 60 Afghans were killed by a suicide bomber I sat down to write this song. After our last soldier left Afghanistan, I got a call from a friend who organizes rescue operations for “AM-CITS” and SIV carriers. It was a very emotional call and a moment of clarity. Ordinary citizens are now bearing the burden of risking their lives to save the Americans and Afghan allies our government has left behind. America has reneged on its promise, but these brave Americans have not.

America is built on the foundational freedom to criticize and hold leaders accountable. It is what separates us from our communist and dictatorial opponents. Otherwise, how can we as a nation learn from our mistakes and make better decisions moving forward without honest reflection on our actions? So far, I haven’t seen that accountability.

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