In case you are still recovering from a slight coma caused by an insane Fourth of July weekend, here is some news that you MUST be caught up on: There is, in fact, a difference between "artistic boobs" and "raunchy boobs" in a music video. After being briefly flagged by YouTube, the ban on Justin Timberlake's new sexy "Tunnel Vision" music video has been lifted because it is presented in "an educational, documentary, or artistic context."
The seven-minute-long piece of "art" features a fully clothed JT dancing on an empty stage along with flashes of topless women dancing seductively. In fairness, images of JT and producer Timbaland's faces are often projected over the tops of the women. So it depends what you constitute as topless. Either way, there are images present in the video that you may not want your 12-year-old to see before you give him "the speech."
The problem now lies in the fact that Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video, which was released earlier this year, has remained banned from YouTube due to it's similarly topless girls. What YouTube is essentially saying to viewers is "You can only have topless girls in a video if they are surrounded by smoke and lights and occasionally feature Justin Timberlake's face across their breasts." Well played YouTube ... well played. But if I'm Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell, or anyone else involved in the "Blurred Lines" video, I'm very pissed about YouTube bashing my artistic integrity.
So let's at least try to find reason here as to why one video is considered artistic, while the other is considered border-line pornographic. Perhaps it was at 3:55 in "Tunnel Vision" when Timberlake's nostril perfectly accents that chick's left nipple. Nope. Finding artistic elements in a sea of beautiful boobs is like X-rated Where's Waldo. And we can't seem to find the little bugger. Maybe it falls under the "educational" requirement as we're sure it helped push a ton of pre-teen boys into puberty.