Kanye West Video Is Pulled; Elsewhere, Tweets Start Furor

February 24, 2011

Bill Chappell

A video for Kanye West's song "All of the Lights" has been pulled from YouTube after a British group said that the video's strobing light effects had caused seizures.

Epilepsy Action complained about the video soon after its debut this past weekend.

But as NPR's Zoe Chace reports, they may be other reasons behind the video's removal. A news spot filed by Chace mentions "featured artist Rihanna's near-nudity — or that the video might plagiarize a recent French film."

Specifically, the video is said to duplicate the look of the opening credits for Enter the Void by director Gaspar Noe. You can see the pulled Kanye West video here.

Charges of plagiarizing images also recently tripped up a Rihanna video, as Chace reported earlier.


And West has more serious troubles to contend with, thanks to his tweets about abortion, which caused a stir Wednesday.

West took aim at what he called "Gold diggin'" by accusing women of getting pregnant on purpose — only to make their partner pay $50,000 or $100,000 for an abortion, he said. The singer later clarified that it had not happened to him, "but I know people."

In his tweet, West used the hashtag #STRAPUP — a reference to using a condom during sex.

Among the people taking exception to West's statement was British singer Lily Allen, who tweeted, "Never has a tweet put me in such a bad mood. This is wrong on so many levels." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.