A video of a ‘pro-family’ speech from incoming conservative Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was removed by YouTube for supposedly “violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines,” though the platform later reversed course and reinstated the video.
Meloni gave the speech during the World Congress of Families event in 2019. Video of the speech went viral this week online after she won the election to become Italy’s first female prime minister.
“Why is the family an enemy? Why is the family so frightening? There is a single answer to all these questions,” Meloni said in the speech, according to a transcript from The Washington Post. “Because it defines us. Because it is our identity. Because everything that defines us is now an enemy for those who would like us to no longer have an identity and to simply be perfect consumer slaves.”
A clip of the prime minister’s speech was shared on Twitter by Greg Price, and received a stunning 20.6 million views.
Meloni’s full speech also included criticism of the radical left’s gender theory.
“I can’t define myself as Italian, Christian, woman, mother. No. I must be Citizen X, Gender X, Parent 1, Parent 2,” the incoming prime minister said. “I must be a number, because when I am only a number, when I no longer have an identity or roots, then I will be the perfect slave at the mercy of financial speculators. The perfect consumer.”
“That’s why we inspire so much fear,” Meloni added. “That’s why this event inspires so much fear. Because we do not want to be numbers. We will defend the value of the human being — every single human being. Because each of us has a unique genetic code that is unrepeatable. And, like it or not, that is sacred. We will defend it. We will defend God, country and family.”
“Those things that disgust people so much, we will do it to defend our freedom because we will never be slaves and simple consumers at the mercy of financial speculators. That is our mission,” she continued.
YouTube removed the video of her speech on Wednesday, adding an ambiguous message that the video was “removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”
As usual, the platform did not provide specifics about which “community guideline” had been violated in the video.
The Daily Wire reached out to YouTube for more information about the issue, and a spokeswoman revealed that the video had been reinstated.
“Upon careful review, we determined this video is not violative of our Community Guidelines and have reinstated it,” YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi told the outlet via email.
“We enforce our policies regardless of the speaker’s political views and when it’s brought to our attention that a video has been mistakenly removed, we review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring the relevant videos or channels–as we have done with this video,” she added.