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March 04, 2011  | by: Lakin Starling

Kanye West Sees the Light

Kanye West’s new video has an ogranization named Epilepsy Action enraged by “All of the Lights.”  This vivacious, lively video full of colors and graphics has been triggering a large amount of seizures by its epileptic viewers. The organization originally requested that the video not be played online at all, but has now apparently settled for a disclaimer attached to the beginning of the video.

Describing their objection to the video, an Epilepsy Action representative told MTV:

“Ofcom [a UK 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 the YouTube where it has several million hits, and no such regulations exists for online broadcasting.”

I can imagine that Kanye West was slightly angered by the request to remove his video, but he seems to have cooperated with it by including the disclaimer.  The message reads: “Warning: This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.”

Epilepsy Action seems to be happy with this compromise.  Campaigns manager Aimee Gee told MTV, “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.”  An alternate video is also being discussed.

If you’re not afflicted with photosensitive epilepsy, check out the video below:

I think the controversy is unfortunate for both parties. For those who are having seizures from watching the video and for Kanye because a lot of money goes into making the video. The internet has become the main source for people to see and hear the work of an artist, and not being able to have free reign over cyberspace could be detrimental to the publicity for the album. However, the organization has been very flexible throughout the ordeal, asking if there could be a modified version of the video with less lights available for Kanye fans who run the risk of having a seizure while watching but still want to check out the video.

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