Kanye West’s new video for “All of the Lights” has a British organization called Epilepsy Action in an uproar over the clip’s use of flashing lights and quick editing. The charitable group, which provides support for people with epilepsy, released a statement calling for the video not to be broadcast or shown online.
“Ofcom [a U.K. communications regulator] regulations mean that this video should not be broadcast on U.K. television. However, the Kanye West video is still available online, most notably on YouTube where it has had several million hits, and no such regulations exist for online broadcasting,” the organization shared in a statement on Wednesday about the Hype Williams-directed clip, which also stars Kid Cudi and a scantily clad Rihanna. “Epilepsy Action has contacted Kanye West’s agent, YouTube and other online sources of the video to ask that they take it down.”
On Thursday, a disclaimer was attached to the video on YouTube. The message, which appears right before the clip kicks off, reads: “Warning: This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.”
“We are pleased to see that YouTube and Kanye West’s representatives have listened to our concerns and are warning people that the video is a risk to some people,” Epilepsy Action campaigns manager Aimee Gee said in a statement sent to MTV News on Friday. “We hope this means they will consider amending their policies so that other videos containing flashing imagery can also be dealt with.”
The organization said it still has concerns that the warning will not do enough to deter viewers with photosensitive epilepsy from watching the video, so it proposed another solution: “Epilepsy Action has learned this morning that a version of the video that doesn’t present a risk to people with photosensitive epilepsy may have been produced for U.K. television,” the latest press release states. “The charity will this afternoon be asking YouTube whether it is possible to upload this, very similar, version instead of the original.”