As reported by the UK's Daily Mail, the platform has taken down Grammy-nominated Five For Fighting singer John Ondrasik's new music video showing Joe Biden's disastrous and bloody withdrawal from Afghanistan, because, of course, any criticism of a Democrat regime is prohibited.
The outlet said that a search for the song on YouTube only retrieves a lyric video with a still image that plays the song, which is called 'Blood on Your Hands." However, the video that Ondrasik posted is nowhere to be found, meaning the platform has censored and removed it.
Best known for hits "100 Years" and "Superman," Ondrasik announced the removal of his video, which includes images of what he rightly terms "Taliban atrocities," on his Twitter account. The singer even suspected that the video might generate some controversy, so he slapped a "graphic content" warning on it and added a child content restriction.
But that didn't matter.
"YouTube has taken down the video due to a violation of 'Graphic Content Policy,'" he wrote. "To not show said Taliban atrocities in any artistic statement on Afghanistan would be a gross injustice to the victims and enable the Taliban's ongoing persecution of 40 million Afghan citizens."
"That YouTube took down the video after five days, as it was growing in reach, should concern anyone who values free speech and advocacy for humanitarian causes," he continued, noting that the video had amassed more than a quarter-million views. He then criticized the platform for monetizing other videos that contained similar atrocities committed by the Taliban after he said he searched YouTube for a few minutes and found several of them.
"[This] gives me cause to ask YouTube for an explanation. Better, I would ask them to repost the video that is raising money for the private organizations rescuing high risk Afghans, Veteran's wellness charities and Afghan refugee foundations, while bringing attention to a population that is starving, desperate, and under siege," he added.
The song contains lyrics that are extremely critical of Biden, whom Ondrasik calls "Uncle Joe," as well as Secretary of State Antony Blinken ("Winkin' Blinken") and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley ("Willy Milley").
"General Austin is there no honor in shame?" the singer asks in the song, a reference to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a retired four-star Army general. "Can you spell Bagram without the letters in blame? Did Uncle Joe stick a drip in your veins?"
"Got blood on our hands/Hey Joe, just one American/Asking what's happening," the song closes.
A tweet from the YouTube official account indicates that the censorship action is under review: "We've passed this along for review. Hang tight!"
We've passed this along for review. Hang tight!
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) January 7, 2022
Ondrasik went ahead and posted the video to the more conservative-leaning video platform Rumble, and so far, it remains online.
Warning: Graphic content
In a press release accompanying the song's release, Ondrasik said that despite being critical of the Biden regime, it's not a "political" song.
"There is a great tradition of artists speaking their minds and calling out their leaders for answers. Many of those have been inspirations to me," he said.
"I understand that this song might be perceived by some as a political attack, but those who follow me know I am an American with a history of calling out both sides. After hearing 'Blood on My Hands,' a friend said that he found the song to be politically neutral, but morally-forward. My hope is that this song helps demand accountability, so the American promise is not forsaken," he added.