When Youtube bans the trailer, you know the book’s gonna be good

March 1, 2012 | 51 comments

The Style, Sex, and Substance book comes out soon — like, any minute now. That’s the one that Hallie Lord edited, that has chapters by tons of fabulous contributors (and me). I’ll tell you more about why the book is good and post some excerpts later. What I want to talk about today is the fact that the trailer was removed and banned by Youtube. You can see it below, as it’s now hosted on another video site. Pretty scandalous stuff there, right? I’ve been having a bunch of email back-and-forths in which some of the other contributors and I have been speculating about why this happened, and here are our top guesses:

Top 5 theories about why the Style, Sex, and Substance trailer was banned from Youtube:

5. The medical community objected to Simcha Fisher’s statement that prenatal ballet makes babies resistant to bees.

4. It was the work of Mark Shea‘s minions, who were enraged that he was not asked to contribute to the book, even though he is not a woman.

3. Youtube was concerned about the juxtaposition of the picture of the knife with Rachel Balducci’s quote about using margaritas to deal with dark moments.

2. Word got out that Hallie’s husband Dan, who is the former lead singer of a punk band, created the music himself. One of the guys from Train works at Youtube, had a flashback to the time Dan and his bandmates band almost gave them a beatdown, and yanked the video out of spite.

1. Youtube was scandalized when they figured out that Betty Duffy’s Twister reference was, in fact, sexual innuendo.

Anyway, I was going to wait to bring all this up until the book is officially released, but there are murmurs going around that it might sell out on pre-order and I wanted to make sure that MY readers get their copies without delay (please picture me throwing my head back and cackling MWA-HAA-HAAAA as I typed that). So, go preorder it now, and talk amongst yourselves about why this video was booted off of Youtube*.

* I offered to try to sneak it back on there through my account. Hallie started to say yes…then she remembered the demographic breakdown of my Youtube followers, imagined her book trailer getting a thousand “Dislikes” and being flooded with f-bomb-dropping comments, and politely told me that she’d just go ahead and put it on Vimeo.


  1. Randy

    That’s a cute video and I’m baffled as to why that would have been banned unless it’s some nefarious anti-Papist agenda.
    I wish you well with sales of the book.

  2. Laura R

    Yeah, I’m confused too why that would be pulled. But I love your list of possible reasons. 🙂

    I laughed out loud at the minivan quote and then realized it was yours! Cannot wait to get this book!!

  3. John B

    Looks very good! Even though I’m a man, I can’t wait!

  4. Kathleen Basi

    Hilarious video! That has done more to convince me I want this book than anything else I’ve read about it so far.

    Ah, well, you know this culture has gone so far toward free sex that it’s become prudish. 🙂

  5. Paul Forgette

    I don’t know why …
    I don’t understand why …
    I don’t see any vulgar language …
    I don’t see any violence …
    I don’t see any nudity …
    I don’t see any racial slurs ….
    I just don’t get it …
    I’m probably missing something …

    It’s a great tune …
    Yes, I’ll get the book … :0)

    • Debra Black

      I think you just listed all of the reasons YouTube would censor it—too clean, too cute, leaves one feeling too good!

  6. Colleen Martin

    I already have the book preordered!!! Can’t wait!

  7. Maria

    Will it be available on Kindle?

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      I had the same question, and the answer is yes. Yay!

      • Maria

        Oh goody!! On the Amazon page it just has the link to click to “tell the publisher you want to read this on Kindle” so I clicked it. I guess the link to order it for Kindle will be added once the book is released.

    • Cathy Dee for OSV

      Maria, it will be out in about a week for Kindle and Nook!

      • Therese Z

        Kindle pricing is there, less than a dollar difference (I know you don’t set that price, the publisher does). Are there photos or illustrations that will come out grainy on the Kindle? If so, I’ll buy the dead-tree version. But I’d rather have it on Kindle.

  8. Cathy Dee

    Not to worry. Once you’ve watched the video (we won’t tell anyone) you can order the books from OSV: http://osv.cm/zW21vt
    Thanks for the great post Jennifer!

  9. Becky

    I am not a big Youtube fan so I don’t have any idea why Youtube pulls things. What is the normal procedure? Do they tell you? Is it possibly a mistake? Or a technical glitch? BTW, I didn’t get any music when I watched it, which could be my computer ineptness but I mention it in case it is a problem with the trailer.

  10. Theresa in Alberta

    Hmmmm no naked t&a, vulgar language, blood guts and gore….no hate statements, no wonder youtube pulled it eh! I know, you showed the words Catholic Church, thats is. (shaking head)

  11. Lisa

    It seems like a HUGE stretch to find ANY reason to ban that video.

  12. Joy

    Wow, that’s really weird that it was pulled! But I enjoyed the trailer, and LOVE your quote about climbing out of the window of the minivan in front of the church ladies. It’s so nice to know someone out there (even if we live a couple thousand miles apart) has a life quite similar to mine! 🙂

  13. Joe Wetterling

    Mark Shea is clearly beyond your paltry definitions of “man” and “woman”. And, he’s probably already resistant to bees.

  14. Jennifer Fitz

    Clearly they feared you’d launch a Dukes of Hazzard craze with that minivan comment. Can you imagine the madness? Dukes + LOLCats, Dukes + Gregorian Chant, Dukes + USCCB Pronouncements . . . the Catholic blogosphere would have been a disaster zone. Thank goodness YouTube was on the ball.

    • Loretta S.

      That is a FABULOUS comment Jennifer Fitz!

  15. Joseph Mazzara

    The guys should write the sequel, “Grills, Girls and Gun cleaning: 10 Catholic Men consider the things that matter even more.”

    • chuck

      Can I get an “AMEN!”?

  16. Joseph Mazzara

    The guys should write the sequel, “Grills, Girls and Gun cleaning: 10 Catholic Men consider the things that matter emore.”

  17. Jann FritzHuspen

    Jennifer and all,

    I’m posting this perky little video on Facebook and encourage other “militant” (as in faithful and faith-filled) Catholic women to do the same!

    BTW, Jennifer, please let Hallie know I am Catholic Lane’s assistant editor in charge of book, movie and media reviews! Have her send me a pre-order copy and I will surely give it a glowing review that helps all of you ladies, who are in this book, throw back your feminine heads, cackling “MWA-HAA-HAAAA” all the while!

    • deMOAOC

      Re: “Have her send me a pre-order copy and I will surely give it a glowing review that helps all of you ladies…”


      How can you know what kind of review you will give a book (etc.) if you haven’t read it yet? That’s dishonest. That’s UN-Catholic!

      You have also just told the world that Catholic Lane’s reviews cannot be trusted, and by extension have brought scandal to the Catholic name (not something any of us needs to add to)!

      Luke 16:10 “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.”

    • Cathy Dee for OSV

      Jann — please email me — cdee (at) osv dot com — and I will be sure you get on our list for new book releases.

  18. Catherine

    That’s quite a mystery.
    Maybe they just ban anything with the word “sex” in the title?

    • Joe Wetterling

      Nah, there can’t be the word “sex” in the title. Catholics don’t like sex.

  19. Marissa K Nichols

    You Tube BANNED this pretty little pink puffy cloud and bouncy jingled video???? The world IS ending, I swear…

  20. Jann FritzHuspen


    And I suppose you think that all of the book’s authors will also simultaneously throw their head’s back and “cackle MWA-HAA-HAAAA” after they read my review, too?

    Jennifer’s post was “tongue-in-cheek” and so was mine.

    All of Catholic Lane’s articles go through careful review and editing before being published. Also, any book review would only be one person’s opinion, not fact (which are what all reviews are–someone’s opinion).

    That said, I read Simcha’s and Jennifer’s posts regularly and I am familiar with a number of the other authors in this upcoming book as well. I have also heard some of them speak in person. They are solid Catholic writers, so there IS a good chance I WOULD give this book a positive review. But remember, EVERY review you read on any book, movie, or whatever, is just someone’s opinion.

    Be assured it was not my intent to bring scandal on the name [term] Catholic!

    Be at peace, sister in Christ.

  21. Lisa

    I’ll bet it was because you used “God” and “Church” in close proximity. I’ve noticed that whenever I post an inspiring, poetic quote from the Bible on my Mindbloom profile, I get this nervous tittering message from the website saying, “Are you sure there’s nothing in your quote that could possibly be taken as offensive by anyone?” Whereas if I post something from a secular source, it passes without a bat of an eyelash.

    @deMOAOC: It’s rather un-Catholic to accuse a fellow Catholic of nefarious deeds, especially when Jann’s tone was clearly jocular. Just relax, and feel the love! 😉

  22. Amanda Borenstadt

    Sounds like a fabulous book! What a great vid. It got banned????? That makes no sense. There are things on Youtube with copyright film clips and songs, but your vid gets banned? Strange.

  23. Roxane B. Salonen

    Jennifer, hmmm, well, I’m afraid the negative publicity is doing its job. I received an email today from a man in our city who thought I might like this book. That’s how it came to my attention. And now I see it here. I guess that’s two hard nudges. And now that I’ve seen the trailer and recognize pretty much all the names involved, well, there’s nothing left to talk about. I look forward to reading it!

  24. Jenna@CallHerHappy

    I can’t wait to read it. Honestly, I want to read everything you right. You’re kind of one of my writing heroes 🙂


  25. Jenna@CallHerHappy

    And by right I mean write. Don’t take that personally since I just told you that you were one of my writing heroes 😉

  26. Irenaeus of New York

    So Google would ban this content from youtube, but let a website that slanders Santorum’s name be listed in its search engine. Makes perfect sense.

  27. richard

    I’ve been waiting a long time to read this book.

  28. Clara

    I am dumbfounded as to why that video was banned! The music and clouds reminded me of Pan Am (the TV show). I did preorder the book and I am looking forward to reading it!

  29. Judy Dudich

    “but also the truth as revealed by God through his church”

    I’m thinkin’…maybe…that’s why it was booted? LOL

    Yay, for you guys!

  30. Melinda

    They may have banned it because they thought it was copyright infringment. Perhaps they didn’t know the actual authors and publishers were involved. Perhaps.

  31. Jeff

    “The Catholic Mystique: Women Converts Tell Their Stories” was a favorite of my wife when it came out in 2004, and I bet this book will be as well. I’ll be ordering a copy for her upcoming birthday.

  32. Sarah R.

    Well, I’ve linked to this post on my Facebook. Because YouTube is being just plain silly.

  33. Sarah R.

    Also, are you able to share any specifics as to why YouTube removed and banned the video? Of all things, I have a (secular) friend suggesting this is just a publicity stunt on your part, because the video is so tame.

    • Hallie Lord

      I assure you that Jen is telling the truth. Originally, it was posted here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQNoZW3lZwc&feature=share And, despite what the notice says, there was no spam, scam, or commercially deceptive content. It was posted exactly as it is on Vimeo now. Actually, I just checked, and the link to the YouTube page is still on my personal Facebook page with several comments from people who saw it on YouTube before it was pulled. If you want to friend me, I can show you! 🙂

    • Hallie Lord

      Oh, and as to why they pulled it, they didn’t give me a reason and there is no way to contact them (other than snail mail).

      • Sarah R.

        Thanks for the reply! I appreciate it. 🙂

      • Sarah R.

        And congratulations on the book being sold out already!

  34. Linebyline

    Nah, Mark’s just jealous that you and he are tied (well, last I looked, anyway) in that Catholic Blogs voting…thingy.

    He got it pulled by saying it was insensitive to Jollies.

    More seriously, sometimes YouTube videos get pulled because of background music. I know Kevin MacLeod sometimes has problems with people claiming his (free CC-BY) music as their own and feeding it into YouTube’s auto-takedown mechanisms.

    P.S. the Website field in your combox is outlined in red. It’s like it’s glaring at me in anger over not adding my post to the Where I Write link list. Oh well.

  35. Gia

    My husband works in DevRel at YouTube. The way it works is that they rely on the community to flag videos. (There is over 35 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute) Someone must have flagged the video for some reason. It is relatively easy to get the video reinstated. The person who uploaded it needs to notify YouTube that they wish to contest the flagging. This will ensure that someone at YouTube ACTUALLY watches the video. I don’t see anything that would prevent it from being reinstated. If you still have problems, get back to me and my husband may be able to help out.

    • Benjamin Baxter

      Someone pay attention to this! Get the video reinstated!

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