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I Said I Wouldn’t, But it is for a Good Cause

Posted in 00s, Video on 30 June 2010 by redwitch1

Listen up wiccaphiles! Feedback from Jo on my Feedback and FAQ page here has alerted me to this wonderful short film by the name of Goutte d’Or

The witch in this film looks fantastic, especially when she swings those hips! The story is about a pirate that arrives in the Kingdom of the Dead, and his efforts to get the Queen. Some of the puppet builders and animators have previously worked for Tim Burton, they have done great stuff, for almost no money and have asked for pledges to finish the film. They need $3000 in 10 days!

You’ll find the official site here and can donate money to help finish the film here. I could only afford $100, but if you pledge $1000 or more you will appear as a co-producer credit in the end-credits!

And now back to boxing up stuff …

Nude Witches of Sydney! 2007

Posted in 2000+, NSFW, Real Witch, Video on 13 March 2010 by redwitch1
(And, for the record, the exclamation is ironic.)

If you Google “nude witch”—well, someone has to do it—one of the top hits will lead you to a discussion of an episode of TV documentary series on the National Geographic Channel called Taboo. There have been sixty-five episodes of this series, over five seasons, since 2002 (see here for the full list of episodes). Nudity was the season opener in 2008 (Season 4, episode 1, aired 5 September 2008).

It is quite difficult to find much information about this episode, but the shout for it runs as follows:

Premieres Wednesday, September 5,
at 10:00 PM ET/PT (World Premiere)

It’s possibly the most natural thing in the world, but for many the naked human body remains a taboo. In this episode, NGC travels the globe to examine the cultural significances of nudity. In Sydney, Australia, a coven of Wiccan witches perform rituals in the nude to express their truest form and bring themselves closer to the natural world. In America, some devout Christians worship together naked, believing that is the way God intended them to. And in central Japan, watch a centuries-old chaotic event called the Hadaka Matsuri: “The Festival of the Naked Man.” Each year one man is chosen to be the “Spirit Man.” He is shaven, stripped naked and must walk from one end of a street to the shrine at the other end. Along the way, thousands of seminaked men struggle to touch his bare body for luck.

Imdb offers a runtime of sixty minutes (with commercials), so the five minutes of this segment that is available on YouTube is unlikely to be complete. Still, it is worth a look (NB, even though the naughty bits are digitised away you will still have to sign in to watch this on YouTube).

If you look on the National Geographic Channel site you will (eventually) find that you can download the episode via Video On Demand until 31 March (here); more details are available here, including the image at the top of this page which has the caption: “In Sydney, Australia, Brad, Rachel, and Kael stand around a table laden with Wicca implements”).

In one of the few discussions of this segment by local Wiccans (here) Mama Kelly writes

I cringed at the sexual undertones in coven members undressing one another. My first (and only) coven worked skyclad at esbat rites. I can promise you that at no time did any of us undress one another … I winced at a few wordings that I felt were poorly chosen. One example was when the narrator made mention of stripping in front of strangers. In my own experience skyclad rituals were not open to the public. You did not work skyclad with a group unless you were an initiate which implied having known them and worked with them for a year and a day …. hardly strangers. But I shuddered at the end when the narrator referred to Wicca as … a CULT … as opposed to just referring to it as a religion. I was one very angry witch last night I can tell you that.

Since the narrator of the section on YouTube video does not refer to Wicca as a cult I am assuming that this bit has been snipped off. Without it the segment is not too bad, certainly not as bad as you’d expect. I acknowledge the mutual stripping in front of strangers would be very unusual and unlikely to really occur, but Alex and Maxine Sandars did a great deal for the cameras that was “very unusual and unlikely to really occur.”

Ember Reigns Returns! (Already.)

Posted in 2000+, NSFW, Striptease, Video on 1 December 2009 by redwitch1

Once again, we have been favoured by the gods: here is Ember Reigns doing her bit to ameliorate the misery of the world by dressing up as a witch and performing a striptease pole-dance.

This time she she strips out of her cape, feather boa and g-string while whirring around a pole and spinning the tassels on her purple pasties. Nice.

The video of this is available here. These screen caps should whet your appetite for more.

Sexy Witch Video No.2

Posted in SFW, Video on 17 October 2007 by redwitch1

I have put together another slide-show video of images from Sexy Witch posts that cover the late 60s and early 70s, set to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” (for my first video, see here). The images should be clearer than my previous YouTube video, and I had some fun with effects this time. I hope you enjoy it. I think I will make the next one on 50s pin-up witches.

BTW: the main images/posts from which this video was made are here (Babetta), here (Janet Owen), here and here (Maxine Sanders).<br

UPDATE: 18 December 2008: On 7 October 2008 this video was removed from YouTube due to "Terms of Use Violation." My account has therefore been disabled for "violation of the YouTube Community Guidelines" until 7 April 2009. "Terms of Use Violation" means that the video was anonymously flagged as containing inappropriate content, the video was then reviewed by YouTube and removed. There is no way to challenge this decision, and it does not seem to matter that the video was viewed 19,119 times with only one complaint.

It is also not clear on what grounds the video was anonymously flagged, but since it clearly contains no violence or child exploitation, no accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust, the only likely candidate is that it is too naughty. Ironically, the first bit of feedback I received (below) was to say that the video wasn’t naughty enough, suggesting that the very obvious effort I had made to avoid a “Terms of Use Violation” was a pusillanimous and effete form of self-censorship.

Anyway, why you would watch a video titled “Sexy Witch Video” and then complain that it is a bit naughty is beyond me, and why YouTube would uphold such a complaint after viewing my video is also beyond me. Most likely, it was the flag spam of a self-righteous morality crusader, but upheld due to the fact that the backing track is in copyright. The only way to know for sure is to post the video with no backing track, and post a video of a wall with the backing track and see which one gets blocked first!

Of course, I’ll have to wait until April to try either of these tests. Meanwhile, I re-posted the video (on my old blog here). Lets see how long it lasts!

Sexy Witch Video No.1

Posted in SFW, Video on 15 August 2007 by redwitch1

I have put together a slide-show video of images from Sexy Witch posts that cover the period up to WWI, set to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Witchcraft’ (of course). It is my first ever video, so I hope you like it.

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