Bella Thorne's 'Shake It' Video Wasn't Meant to Be Controversial: 'It Was About Having Fun'
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Bella Thorne didn't want to break the internet - again.
Earlier this week, the singer's music video for her latest song "Shake It", which features provocative scenes between Thorne and adult film star Abella Danger, was removed from YouTube in the early hours of its premiere due to its "explicit content".
Although the video was available again shortly after it was dismantled, the infamous star still had some concerns about the double standards of "censorship" for women.
"There are so many explicit things [on YouTube] and these videos are still active and won't shut down - there is nothing explicit in this video," Thorne told PEOPLE. "It's because me and Abella; it's girl against girl. Is there a world where it's me and a man and it's not going to be destroyed? Because I think that's very possible."
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When the "Lonely" singer discovered that her newest project - which she was also leading - had been removed, she took to Instagram to express her frustration.
"Hey @youtube - why did you take my video down for Shake It? Because I'm having fun @dangershewrote? Male artists always have women shaking their asses in videos ... why can't we?" Thorne wrote. "The censorship against women has to stop !!! I will never stop fighting this cop% h * t. Hang on. Also, congratulations guys, you broke YouTube! ??"
The platform apparently crashed not just once, but twice as an overwhelming number of requests from enthusiastic fans have attempted to view the video since it was released on Monday night.
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"Shake It" currently has over half a million views and is counting at the time of going to press.
"I love my fans. They come through for me every time. I have so many diehards," the Chick Fight star told PEOPLE. “When I see all of these videos for everyone dancing on TikTok and Twitter and they look happy, they smile on their face. It's just like 'Perfect. That's what I wanted the song to do. I wanted that it makes you smile and relax a bit. '"
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When it came time to write the song, Thorne wanted to take a break from the more solemn songs she'd been working on and decided that "Shake It" should be a track that was sort of an escape.
"I was with my best friend and sister and we wanted to have a good time. The other songs I recorded that week were definitely more serious. So we said, 'This is it today, I'm done with it, crying in the studio Today we're doing another song, "Thorne said. "It was about having fun and making a song that I want to hear and feel like a bad bitch."
The actress brought the same philosophy with her when it came to making the accompanying music video.
"I wanted to make sure we had fun filming it because I'm directing it too. It was so important that the video was what the song was about, which was fun," said the singer.
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Though she made her start in acting, most notably on Disney's hit show Shake It Up alongside Zendaya, the Assassination Nation actress hopes to continue to find her own way in music, as well as writing and directing. The singer recently completed filming on Time Is Up, an Italian teen romance with boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo.
The next month is going to be a big one for Thorne as she looks forward to releasing a TV show, two songs, and two music videos.
"Music is such a focus and it's really important to show my art and have that opportunity. I think it'll make me feel better mentally and physically," Thorne told PEOPLE. "It will make me feel like I can speak; like I don't have tape over my mouth."
She added, "This will help me in many other areas of my life - I feel better in general."
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