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Anger as 'Donald Trump does Bohemian Rhapsody' film is censored by YouTube

IT became a massive YouTube hit within hours of being posted.

But now a satirical protest video showing a puppet Donald Trump singing the Queen hit Bohemian Rhapsody has mysteriously disappeared from the world-famous website.

"Donald Trump does Bohemian Rhapsody" – a reworking of the 1975 smash hit – was made by Scottish campaigners mocking the American billionaire tycoon, who opened his £750 million Aberdeenshire golf resort earlier this year.

A Spitting Image-style puppet of the US businessman is seen singing the rock classic against a backdrop of the northeast coast.

This week, the soundtrack to the video, which was produced to highlight the bitter dispute between Trump and the residents of Aberdeenshire's Menie estate, was released as a single and there were even claims it could be a contender in the battle to become the Christmas number one.

A furious row has since erupted, however, as campaigners behind the seven-minute video blasted Trump for "bullying" YouTube into censoring them and removing the video.

Hazel Cameron, the Edinburgh-based poet who helped to create the spoof, said: "I honestly believe a complaint has come from Trump or someone on his behalf.

"It must have come from him. He must be unhappy about the video, and he must have complained about it. We wanted to get the video back in the mainstream again and to bring more attention to what has happened.

"The recent documentary, You've Been Trumped, aroused a lot of anger again and we want to keep building on that.

"We also want to highlight the campaign by David Milne, one of the Menie estate residents, who is calling for a full public inquiry into the dealings between Trump and Scottish authorities.

"It was doing very well, with around 3000 views in the first couple of days, until Thursday night, when YouTube removed the video – saying it "was in violation YouTube guidelines" and was "inappropriate"

"YouTube has most likely been getting bullied by Trump."

Sarah Malone, the executive vice-president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, hit back, saying: "We have no interest in the song although it does generate further interest in our project and we are selling more tee times as a result."

When asked if Trump had complained and asked YouTube to remove the spoof video, Malone replied: "That's totally untrue. It had nothing to do with us and we couldn't care less about the song."

In the video, a leathery-looking Trump sings: "Open your eyes, look up and you'll see me, I'm just a rich kid, I'm no nonentity."

It was first removed from YouTube in March after receiving around 29,000 views.

Music industry giant EMI claimed those behind "Donald Trump does Bohemian Rhapsody" did not have copyright of the song.

However, Brian May, Queen's lead guitarist, gave his blessing to the video, and said he wanted to show his "disgust" at Trump's resort.

It went on to attracted more than 3000 hits after being posted on the website for a second time on Tuesday, alongside the track being released as single in the battle to become the Christmas number one.

Cameron, 53, added: "I think Trump is frightened that the video is becoming popular and that it might cost him business, and brings more attention to finding out what exactly has gone on.

"When people want violent videos, or videos of dog fighting taken down from YouTube, thousands of people have to sign petitions to make it happen.

"But YouTube has taken down our video straight away. It's disgusting.

"The internet is supposed to be about freedom of speech, but it seems in this case that might is right."

YouTube yesterday insisted the video was removed from the site over a complaint alleging copyright infringement.

A spokeswoman for YouTube, said: "YouTube takes copyright infringement very seriously. When we receive a complaint alleging that a video infringes another person or company's copyrights, we remove that video.

"Users who believe that a video was removed in error can appeal the copyright takedown."

However, Cameron, who spent 18 months making the video, is "appalled" by this accusation.

"There are no copyright issues, and I've done everything by the book, so I really can't see what we are meant to have done wrong," she explained.

"Nobody else has objected to it and the video should never have been taken down. I've had confirmation from YouTube that the copyright was all above board, and there was even a personal letter from Brian May saying that I have his blessing. I honestly can't see how it breaks any copyright laws.

"We've been given no further explanation. I think the whole thing is shocking. It was also removed from iTunes without notification or explanation.

"I want to know what YouTube think is so 'inappropriate' about this video, they owe us an explanation.

"And if they do tell me what is 'inappropriate', I can change it, or remove that part from the video, and get it back online again."

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