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Kat Blaque Calls Out YouTube For Removing Her Video About The Hypersexualization Of Black Women

YouTube says the removal was an error and has since restored the video.

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There's a reason why #YouTubeBlack is a thing! Marginalized voices finding a platform on which they can speak and be heard is important, so when Kat Blaque took to Twitter claiming she had been silenced by Google, our ears perked up! 

Blaque, for the unfamiliar, is a YouTube personality and transgender activist. She recently posted a screenshot of a notice she received from YouTube on Twitter that stated one of her videos had been removed.

The video in question was a video Blaque said was a "educational" look at Sarah Baartman. Called "JEAN PAUL GOUDE & THE HOTTENTOT VENUS," Blaque's video addressed the 2014 Kim Kardashian "Break the Internet" cover of PAPER magazine, and the connections between that image and the historical image of Sarah Baartman, a black woman toured through Europe as a "freak show" curiosity in the 1800s. 

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Blaque went on to lament that the removal was just the latest in a long line of incidents that had her questioning YouTube as a company, and the site's overall culture.


To @YouTube , I am nothing more than a black, woman who's trans whomarks off diversity points with little to no effort. They get to feel so empowered and look so good by inviting me to things. By including me in things.— Kat Blaque (@kat_blaque) January 8, 2018

And the reality is that none of these companies will every give a fuck about what I'm doing because what i'm doing doesn't make them money.
— Kat Blaque (@kat_blaque) January 8, 2018

So I'm gonna make what I'm gonna make. I'm gonna put it where it can be seen, but I'm not going to hella participate on Youtube really. Might not even upload there because apparently my very vanilla work is too much for the platform. lol.— Kat Blaque (@kat_blaque) January 8, 2018

YouTube responded to her tweets with an apology, tweeting that the removal was an "error." The video has since been restored to the site.

We're glad the video is back up, and shout-out to Kat Blaque for speaking her truth!

You can watch Kat Blaque's super informative video, and learn more about Baartman below:

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