Warwick Rowers banned?!

We all know of Warwick Rowers – these guys aren’t afraid to strip down for a good cause, and they’ve been doing it for the past seven years! Since 2009, rowers have been making interesting and cool calendars, and they’be been giving the profits to pro-gay organization Sport Allies and The University of Warwick – isn’t that a good cause?


And despite the fact that their fundraising efforts have drawn a lot of media attention and contributed to positive image of LGBTs in the media, somehow YouTube has decided to suspend their account – on account of it being “pornographic”!

According to the statement from the group and their photographer: “Several years ago, the plucky Warwick Rowers were thrown off Google Checkout’s payment processing service without notice, a decision that was upheld on appeal, on the grounds that the Warwick Rowers are pornographers.”

Today, in a similar vein, YouTube has decided that the rowers’ public awareness campaign aimed at promoting greater tolerance among young people is unsuitable for, uh, young people.  Way to go, Google! Bizarrely, Google were a lot more relaxed only a few days ago when the Warwick Rowers reported that a Google user was illegally sharing their charity fundraising content.  Google twice rejected the Warwick Rowers appeal for help, before shutting up shop for the weekend with the content still available, and did not manage to respond effectively until after the rowers threatened legal action against the corporation.

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