Controversial David Bowie Video Reinstated on YouTube

Church figures also hit out at singer.

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The video for David Bowie's latest single, "The Next Day," has been reinstated on YouTube after it was originally banned for contravening the service's terms of use. As NME reports, the site has issued the following statement regarding the clip:

"With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it's brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it."

The news comes after prominent Church figures have hit out at Bowie for the video's controversial religious content. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has stated:

"If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery perhaps Christians should not worry too much at such an exploitation of religious imagery," Carey writes. "I doubt that Bowie would have the courage to use Islamic imagery - I very much doubt it. Frankly, I don't get offended by such juvenilia - Christians should have the courage to rise above offensive language, although I hope Bowie will recognise that he may be upsetting some people."

Catholic League President Bill Donohue has also written:

"David Bowie is back, but hopefully not for long. The switch-hitting, bisexual, senior citizen from London has resurfaced, this time playing a Jesus-like character who hangs out in a nightclub dump frequented by priests, cardinals and half-naked women ... In short, the video reflects the artist it is a mess."

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    c'mon guys, it's 2013 ffs...
    Not in christian years... Or is it?
    It actually is, the day Jesus was "supposedly" born was when we started counting years properly, everything before that was BC. It's sad to think even time is still related to religion, really we should be in the year 6555500584384857597355657465486 or whatever
    It's kinda like beating a dead horse. It's all been done already. If you wanna impress me, dress up as Mohammed bumpin uglies with 70 virgins.
    Evangelion 00
    Christians get so butt hurt over everything.
    quite the contrary. They take so much shit from the entertainment industry in general (they usually don't deserve it, because idiot groups like the westboro church represent a minority of them) whereas you have religious groups who would cancel entire seasons of tv shows (jewish) or threaten lives over drawings (muslim). I think christians take a lot of unwarranted hate sometimes, and they only react when something really pushes it too far. That being said I am not part of any religious group, and i think this video is godawful and in bad taste.
    Exactly. People piss on Christianity b/c it's safe to do that. Make a similar video concerning other religions and see what the response is... and then tell me how "butthurt" Christians are.
    Every religion gets pissed about bullshit. ever talked to a religious person about their faith? it's like they instantly change into prophets and try to get you to join...
    I know very few people who do that. Those sorts of people are like guys who try to convince you their band is best. I'm a fan of Pink Floyd, but I'm aware that people like other things, I (like most other Christians/Pink Floyd fans) wouldn't say that everything else is shit and that you should definitely like what I like.
    Evangelion 00
    I agree with what you say. I just find, at least in my experience, that Christians of all kinds tend to get aggro over things, silly things. I also agree that the song is musically terrible for me lol.
    Haha, the contrast between the butt hurt english christan and butt hurt american catholic gives me a chuckle. As far as the arch bishops comments about "y u no mock christ not islam!", something a lot of christians often bring up, its probably because bowie lives in a mainly christian culture and there for knows a lot more about it than he does islam. Also, cute video good to see bowie hasnt lost it.
    The church is pissed off at David Bowie for using religiously offensive material? They do know there's this thing called black metal, right?
    Criticism is missing the point entirely... it's not even an anti-religious song, it pretty clearly parallels the teachings of Jesus himself while targeting corrupt Church leaders. Notice that in a room full of priests it's a prostitute (hey, it's Marion Cotillard, sweet) who gets stigmata. Maybe Carey, Donohue, and their colleagues should read the Gospels at some point?
    You say christians get butt hurt over everything? If he had insulted muslims he would be dead by now.
    I really don't understand the archbishops point when he says, "I doubt that Bowie would have the courage to use Islamic imagery" That statement implies that the guy thinks that Bowie secretly wanted Muslim imagery but was too afraid. Why would Bowie want to use depictions of a foreign, more unfamiliar religion when it's going to be watched mainly by the Western people? Also, the reason it'd be wise not to upset Islam is because when that happens, people tend to die.
    Not exactly. What he's saying is that if he made a video with exactly the same imagery but of Islam, there'd be a much bigger reaction, from Muslims and non-Muslims, than the few cross words and a temporary YouTube takedown. I'm not saying that that would have been better at all, but Christians take a lot more shit about their religion in popular culture than quite a few other religions/races/groups of people. As a Christian I find this offensive, it's a shame he had to do a video like this as it's a gimmick, bound to make people watch it just for the controversy (either in support of or against the Church) but at the end of the day it's his music video, free speech and all that. He can do whatever the **** he wants.
    @ EyesWideOpen You've just answered your question with an answer..When you criticize Islam people die..because it is a stone-age redundant and backwards religion, and more so, its followers.
    That is a completely bass ackward statement. As a non religious person, I can say that I have met many Muslims & Catholics that are great people. Both religions actually preach love (if you took the time to study them). It is the people that misconstrue their teachings who are at fault. P.S. +1 For Gary Oldman.
    The fact that there are a lot of nice Christian and Muslims doesn't negate the fact that the religions themselves have a lot of very bad things within them. It isn't that people take religions things out of context and abuse the teachings. Many extremists do bad things not just in the name of religion but because the scripture actually tells them to.
    When I was watching this I had a feeling this kind of thing would happen, and it's a shame that it did. The people who were so offended need to open their eyes; there's way more important things to be of their concern going on in the world than David Bowie's use of Christian imagery in his music video, provocative or not.
    Meh, i get it, and it's okay, i suppose. Should've been much more specific, however. It's abit too tame to really be very interesting. And what the hell happened to Bowie's music
    Haha..we already have a lot of mocking on's time to try something else..try isl@m..they have a lot to mock about.. :-P
    Bill Donohue you pedophile advocating perv, p1ss off. when it comes to Lord Carey - yeah, I would not mind Bowie using some islamic imagery. for example something about their prophet Muhammad enjoying "marital life" with his 9 year old wife Aisha.
    Away from the topic of baiting Christians: Pretty neat video, pretty neat song. I think the vocals could maybe have been a little more dynamic, but there's a cool backing section with a really danceable groove there. Plus, Gary Oldman. Gary Oldman instantly makes everything twice as awesome.