Abbey Lee Kershaw hasn’t been very visible in fashion over the last two seasons, but she’s a little too visible for YouTube’s liking in the new music video for her Brooklyn-based band Our Mountain.
The exceedingly NSFW video for the band’s new single “IV Horses” was taken down last week for breaching anti-nudity policies. Apparently YouTube was unconvinced that four people standing completely naked in front of a camera with a fully-functional zoom feature for two minutes and 52 seconds fit the description of artistic content. Facebook seemed to be on the same page, pulling down the accompanying picture and suspending the band's accounts.
Frontman Matthew Hutchinson wrote YouTube appealing the decision and the video is now back up for you to watch here — unless you are in the presence of colleagues or small children, in which case you should definitely not do any such thing (here is a nice picture of the unfathomably indie foursome hidden by horse heads and conveniently placed captions if that is indeed the case).
According to Hutchinson, “This work is the focus of human anatomy, the use of nudity contained in this piece is film art not pornography nor any other provocative medium. The following images are honest reflections of the material and physical structure of human organisms. We are all two types of human, male vs. female, these are our bodies.”
In the wise words of one Facebook commenter, “You had to know that was going to happen.” And considering the band’s initial response was to send out a thanks via Tweet for making their website more badass, it seems the words “art” and “publicity stunt” are often interchangeable.
Also, I know the point is to show the body in all its vulnerable glory, but can’t that first guy do something about his toenails?