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The Barefoot Video That YouTube Has A Problem With (Yikes!)

November 24, 2018

After a lovely Thanksgiving holiday, this email . . .

email from YouTube

. . . to which I could only respond with a muffled (I was eating left-over turkey): “Huh?!”

The video in question is a 76-second piece I spliced together and posted two years ago this month, and which has gotten just under 22,000 views by people who must not be the innocent barefoot-running aficionados I thought they were; someone actually reported this video as something that contained material not suitable for children. (And, like all my online content to date, neither this video or my other–equally barefoot and horse-manure-y–videos or this blog has been monetized, so it’s not like there’s anything financial at stake. Just my sense of grandma righteousness . . . )

Here’s YouTube’s list of no-no’s, as spelled out in their festive Thanksgiving email, above:

  1. Sexually provocative content
  2. Violent, graphic, or humiliating fetishes

Team YouTube goes on to inform me that videos containing any of this “will either be removed or age-restricted, depending on the severity of the act.” And thus they age-restricted my video–76 seconds of me, an upstanding senior citizen (OK, I do have osteoporosis, so I may hunch a little) having fun running through puddles, mud, and the occasional pile o’ horse poo.Β 

YIKES! What am I missing here, shipwrecked as I am at age 59 on my Isle of Irony? That my transgressions are bad enough to get age-restricted, but not enough for outright removal? That I’m still not one of the cool kids?

What have I done, O Guardians of All That Is You-Tube-able? What dark shizzle is hiding in plain sight (like the evil audio slurry that oozed out upon reversingΒ Stairway to Heaven) in my ostensibly innocuous grandma frolic after a rare Southern California rainstorm two years ago?

Also: Have I ever had the opportunity to use the word “ostensibly” in this blog before? Am I using it correctly now?

‘Cause if anything was ever ostensible, it was my oblivion to the fact that I was purporting, promoting, proposing, or otherwise publicating anything other than the joy of running barefoot on trails for the last eight years now but who’s counting actually I am counting hard because my nine-year barefoot anniversary is just around the corner in January which means a big celebration will be in order probably something along the lines of a nice barefoot trail run . . .Β 

So get your mind out of the gutter (but which gutter? the violent one, or the graphic one, or the humiliating fetish one?) YouTubers. (WAIT a minute . . . tubers are potatoes, which grow, not in a gutter, but still, underground, and then all this begins TO MAKE SENSE as a vast vegetative conspiracy aimed at [TBD].

Enjoy the video. If you’re over 18. (If you’re not, my grandkids can tell you all about it.)

Happy (hmmm . . . non-humiliating-fetishy?) Trails!

And, this Thanksgiving, I continue to be thankful for all the awesome barefoot (and even shod), like-minded wandering nature lovers out there–that means you, if you made it this far!

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Gina permalink
    November 26, 2018 9:23 am

    Congratulations, Thea. You have joined ranks with the upright and awesome group of You Tube truthers who are sustaining censorial attacks by the same-mentioned establishment … telling the truth about stuff like the benefits of barefoot existence is understandlbly offensive to those hoping to continue the conspiracy of the necessity of everything we don’t really need (in this case living shod), thus by further emptying the wallets and pocketbooks of the masses for not only the shoe industry but every kind of doctor you could possibly imagine, WHICH, ultimately hurts the BGPHRMA in the sky. You best take care. We’re not in Kasas anymore. WWG1WGA! Thanks as always for helping ignite our brain switches! Have a blessed Holyday season.

  2. November 25, 2018 4:22 pm

    And the Youtubers all ran barefoot… happily ever after!

  3. Chris Lovie-Tyler permalink
    November 25, 2018 9:41 am

    Something strange going on with the comments here. I can see most (not all) of them in the WordPress app, but more are missing when I visit your site directly. They also seem to disappear when I first post them. Maybe the WordPress app is a bit buggy at the moment. Feel free to delete this comment and any duplicates I’ve made.

    • November 25, 2018 11:33 am

      Thanks for your comments! I know that this particular WordPress template that I use is not all that optimized for hand-held devices, which is why I’m working toward a new platform/template/situation (but slowly. Change comes slowly around these parts πŸ™‚ )

  4. Chris Lovie-Tyler permalink
    November 25, 2018 9:38 am

    In terms of countries, I mean.

  5. Chris Lovie-Tyler permalink
    November 24, 2018 9:14 pm

    I see the video’s unavailable now. (I managed to watch it before.)

    • November 25, 2018 6:28 am

      Thanks for checking on it . . . I just looked — now it seems completely available, with no more message about “age-restricted”

    • November 25, 2018 6:35 am

      Hmmm . . . I just checked my email, and there’s a note from YouTube that “after further review, we have removed the age restriction on your video” . . . so a small “free barefoot speech” victory after a mild kerfuffle?
      (And, “upon further review” with my daughter last night via phone, I had my cultural eyes opened to the fact that this kind of thing might not be appropriate in other parts of the world. So there’s that to consider as well.)

      • Chris Lovie-Tyler permalink
        November 25, 2018 9:35 am

        Ah, right. You can’t control who watches your videos on a platform like YouTube though, right?

  6. Scott Marckx permalink
    November 24, 2018 5:53 pm

    What???!! Really???

    I do enjoy how you turned it into a literary linguistic romp!

    We just had a nice hike up the Grey Wolf river with friends. That is a nice barefoot friendly trail with just enough mud and a stream or two to immerse your feet in!

    Another fun blog! Thank you!

    • November 24, 2018 6:23 pm

      Mud and streams! Definite reasons to be thankful this weekend!

      (. . . and thanks for noticing my efforts to play around with words as I vented my faux-frustration with those YouTube (barefoot) prudes πŸ™‚ )

  7. Chris Lovie-Tyler permalink
    November 24, 2018 2:33 pm

    Hi, Thea. I’m a barefooter too (just getting back into it).

    That’s utterly ridiculous. They must be making some tenuous connection to foot fetishism. But if they’d taken a minute to watch the video, and two seconds to look at the context, they’d realise the complaint is completely baseless.

    I’m assuming you’ve replied to them? I’d be interested to know what they said.

    I like the video by the way–and I’d be happy showing it to my four year old. πŸ™‚

    • November 24, 2018 2:41 pm

      Hi Chris–Thanks for the note; it means a lot to me that someone “out there” agrees with me that YouTube is way out of line on this! I did use their feedback system to ask them to review their action, so we’ll see what happens. In the meantime . . . I cracked up at your comment that you would watch it with your four-year-old πŸ™‚

      Happy return-to-barefooting . . . have fun with it, is my main rule (and the reason for my series of silly face-plant-in-a-puddle videos). Cheers, Thea

      • Chris Lovie-Tyler permalink
        November 24, 2018 2:47 pm

        Thanks for the encouragement, Thea. I’m just walking barefoot regularly at the moment, but my intention is to get back into running. I should have a blog up again on 1 Jan ( I like your ethos of fun.

      • November 24, 2018 3:01 pm

        I will look forward to reading about your barefoot adventures in the new year!


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