A ban on Justin Timberlake's new video for "Tunnel Vision" has been lifted after being briefly removed from YouTube, reports ABC News. The racy video hit the web last Wednesday, and features topless women dancing lithely while a fully-clothed Timberlake dances in various montages. The seven-minute video also features images of the singer's face projected onto the naked dancers while long-time producer and collaborator Timbaland provides additional vocals.
The video was taken off YouTube hours after its debut for violating the site's explicit content policy, but was later reinstated with a content warning requiring users to sign in and verify their age.
"While our guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age restrictions," a Google spokesperson told ABC News.
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video, which was released earlier this year and also features plenty of female nudity, was pulled by YouTube and not granted the artistic exception.
Timberlake is currently gearing up for the Legends of the Summer stadium tour with Jay-Z.