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YouTube gives David Bowie 'The Next Day' video adult-only rating
David Bowie has never been one to shy away from controversy (which is what earned him a spot on our list of the Hudson Valley’s 40 controversial celebrities), so it’s hardly a surprise that the 66-year-old rock star is making headlines for his most recent music video, which is apparently so scandalous that it was momentarily pulled from YouTube.
Bowie, who owns a home in Woodstock, released a video Tuesday to promote his second single “The Next Day,” off his latest album, which shares the same name. The video features actors Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman, and shows Bowie as a Christ-like figure performing in a bar populated with religious figures and scantily clad women. Cotillard plays a woman with a stigmata and is seen with blood bursting from her wounds, while Oldman is a priest who shows interest in Cotillard’s character and takes issue with Bowie’s.
According to Reuters, the video was briefly taken off YouTube with a screenshot that stated that it had been removed because "its content violated YouTube's terms of service.” The video was then restored to the site but viewing is restricted to people ages 18 and older.
Why the outrage? Based on watching the video, it's likely the unholy combination of religious imagery and sex -- for example, the video features lusty priests and a woman in bridal veil wearing nothing else except nipple coverings. (Really.) If you want to watch, you can check it out without restrictions on Vevo.
The latest controversy should only help Bowie, since his album received positive reviews and sold more than 85,000 units in the U.S. when released in March. And while there was speculation that he would tour in support of the album after his wife Iman made comments to that effect, no tour dates have been scheduled.
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