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Grammy-nominated Singer, John Ondrasik, Censored by YouTube

The Five For Fighting star is censored by the Google's streaming service after releasing a song about Taliban aggressions and the failed withdrawal from Afghanistan


John Ondrasik, the Grammy-nominated Five For Fighting singer, has had his new music video that shows footage of President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan censored and removed by YouTube.

A search for the song shows a lyric video and a still image video that plays the tune, called “Blood on Your Hands,” but no longer features the original video Ondrasik posted.

Best known for hits like Superman and 100 Years, Ondrasik announced the removal of the video on his Twitter account.

Ondrasik acknowledged the video might face criticism because it contained images of Taliban aggression. He placed a “graphic warning” disclaimer when YouTube inserted a child content restriction. 

“YouTube has taken down the video due to a violation of Graphic Content Policy,” he wrote. 

“To not show said Taliban atrocities in any artistic statement on Afghanistan would be a gross injustice to the victims and enable the Taliban’s ongoing persecution of 40 million Afghan citizens,” Ondrasik added. 

The censorship occurred after the video had reached more than 250,000 views, according to Ondrasik.

“That YouTube took down the video after five days, as it was growing in reach, should concern anyone who values free speech and advocacy for humanitarian causes,” he noted.

Ondrasik has accused YouTube of monetizing other content containing similar aggression by the Taliban. The singer said he had done his own searches, revealing similar content still available on the streaming site. 

However, Onrasik’s song features lyrics heavily critical of Joe Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.

“General Austin, is there no honor in shame?” Ondrasik asks in his lyrics. “Can you spell Bagram without the letters in blame? Did Uncle Joe stick a drip in your veins?”

President Biden receives a direct rhetorical lyric in the end, “Got blood on our hands/Hey Joe, just one American/Asking what’s happening.”

YouTube’s response to an inquiry about the censorship said, “We’ve passed this along for review. Hang tight!”

Ondrasik has since posted the video to the site Rumble

“There is a great tradition of artists speaking their minds and calling out their leaders for answers. Many of those have been inspirations to me,” he shared in a press release. 

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3 responses to “Grammy-nominated Singer, John Ondrasik, Censored by YouTube”

  1. Lunarshadow says:

    Fist paragraph… the name of the song is wrong

    It reads “blood on your hands”

    Should read “blood on my hands”

  2. nrol34 says:

    It was the operations command structure that failed. Gen Mckenzie did not advise Biden well enough about the situation in Afghanistan. Closing Bagram Airbase was a big issue. The president went with State department advice, and McKenzie was not strong enough in his stance. That is why Lt Col Scheller spoke out. He was to be the fall guy for McKenzie. According to Scheller, most generals are groomed into their posts and are supposed to be persuasive.

  3. PresidentJ says:

    I mean I can see why it got taken down. There are videos of like hangings and people dying in the street. I think it was more over that than actually the music itself.

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