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Instagram Purportedly Banned Viral Cat Video Due To ‘Shaming’ Of Feline
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Dec 2018
Video screenshot via Wilfred Warrior
Thankfully but also strangely, Instagram’s anti-bullying stance seems to extend towards domestic animals, as well. A viral video involving a peculiar-looking cat by the name of Wilfred Warrior has been taken down, likely due to a series of vulgarities unleashed upon the pet.
The clip was a collaboration between the cat’s owner and actor-comedian Michael Rapaport, whose voice was later added into the video. Rapaport had feigned being alarmed at the sight of Wilfred, as well as likened the cat to his “grandma.”
However, the remix is no longer viewable on Instagram, as the social network has apparently removed it for being demeaning.
“They [Instagram] took that f***ing video down because they said I was shaming,” Rapaport said in a follow-up post. “Somehow or another, it’s shaming. I’m shaming a f***ing cat.”
The actor also shared a screenshot of Instagram’s takedown message in his post. According to the guidelines enclosed, users are not to “target private individuals to degrade or shame them.”
The message only showed a number of general guidelines, though, and did not name the actual reason the video was removed, so it’s anyone’s guess why it’s gone.
Fret not if you’re up for some laughs, as the clip is still available on Rapaport’s YouTube and Twitter accounts.
[via Junkee, videos via various sources, cover image via Wilfred Warrior]
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