Why? Because he calls for hard work over being a layabout gadfly, apparently. Thomas Gallatin: YouTube Restricts… Mike Rowe? — The Patriot Post
Mike Rowe recorded a 5 minute video for the graduation “ceremony” of the on-line university, PragerU. The video is entitled “Don’t Follow Your Passion.” You can see the video for yourself at this link. (It isn’t objectionable in anyway. Unless you’re a snowflake liberal who can’t abide dissenting opinions, I guess.)
So if it isn’t objectionable, why suddenly was YouTube having a problem with Mike Rowe’s entire YouTube channel?
Rowe explains that he was shocked at the news as he had not run afoul of YouTube’s appropriate content policies, or so he thought. Rowe said that he then reread YouTube’s policy fine print and found the following sentence: “Some videos don’t violate our policies, but may not be appropriate for all audiences. In these cases, our review team may place an age restriction when we’re notified of the content.” In other words, YouTube’s censors are essentially saying they will restrict you if they don’t like your message.
The video is full of words like “hard work” and “opportunity” and it dares to poke fun at folks in Hollywood. It says you should consider opportunity, not just your wild imagination (or dreams as they are called) because there are a lot folks with college degrees working at Starbucks, but there are 6 million jobs going wanting that no one is trained for. Oh, and there are 3 trillion dollars in student debt. So it must be “inappropriate” to make available to high school students.
The “Occupy Wherever” movement was full of people who had “followed their passion” to a degree in something meaningless, and they were cheesed off because they had a mountain of student debt, and no job, and no prospects. The refrain was “we did everything we were told to do.” Well you got bad advice.
Now Mike Rowe has a big enough following on YouTube and Facebook to get that censorship “reviewed” and eliminated. But that doesn’t mean that YouTube isn’t restricting everyone they believe to be conservative on a wholesale basis.