Penelope Cruz: YouTube censored my underwear advert
Penelope Cruz has hit out at YouTube for censoring the erotic promotional film she directed to advertise her Agent Provocateur collection.
The six-minute video, which features a number of underwear models posing and walking around in bras, pants, stockings and suspenders and includes a lesbian kiss, carries a content warning on the video-sharing website.
Internet users attempting to watch it are greeted with a message saying it “may be inappropriate for some viewers” and are asked to sign in to confirm their age.
Cruz, who has starred in a string of Hollywood films, expressed surprise that her advert was censored while many violent videos were not.
She told Red magazine: “It was censored on YouTube. Did you know that? There are so many violent films on there and they don’t even check your age or ask for your email address before you watch them.
“We actually got a lot of hits because people were curious: ‘How come they banned this video? Is Penélope Cruz perverted?’
“I don’t mind. I’d rather be called a pervert for that than the violence they allow teenagers to watch.”
The film, Cruz’s directorial debut, stars her husband, the actor Javier Bardem.
Since its release in August, it has been viewed more than 1.3 million times on YouTube.
Made to launch her and her sister Monica's L'Agent line for the luxury underwear brand, the film was "very personal and important”, she has said previously.
“They gave me all the freedom and I was able to tell the story I wanted to tell," she said.
The Vicky Cristina Barcelona actress, who has two young children, also said she had maintained her figure after childbirth by eating “really healthily” - although eating "a lot" - and breastfeeding her babies.
“I think I’m very lucky that I can breastfeed my children because sometimes even if a woman wants to, she can’t,” she said.
“I breastfeed my son for 13 months and I plan to do at least the same with my daughter. That’s an amazing thing for babies, but it’s also really good for the mother because it regulates your body again after pregnancy.”