Both YouTube and Vimeo rejected Cattle Decapitation’s video for “Forced Gender Reassignment.” After a look at it, it’s pretty easy to see why. The Mitch Massie-directed video is instead streaming on horror site Bloody Disgusting, and true to the site’s name, the video is both very bloody and completely disgusting. There’s plenty of nudity, drills, scalpels, dildos, and pretty much anything else you’d expect from a video that’s a pretty literal interpretation of the song’s title and lyrics.
See that screencap to the right? That’s probably the most safe for work scene in the whole video, and it sure as hell ain’t the goriest. This could be the new ‘two girls, one cup’ of the Internet. If you liked the Saw and Hostel movies but thought they weren’t torture porn-y enough, and don’t like the Westboro Baptist Church much, this is the video for you. If not, well don’t say we didn’t warn you. For real. We’d post it here, but we don’t want to get fired. Statements from Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan and director Mitch Massie after the jump.
“For the Forced Gender Reassignment video I wanted something mean and cruel and flat out disturbing,” Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan says. “It seems nowadays you have to be over the top in your presentation to get anyone to think about anything anymore. The song is about taking certain religious sects and showing them what its like to be in another person’s shoes – someone whose life is simply different than theirs – but forcibly so, of course, or else it just wouldn’t be Cattle Decapitation. A band heavily steeped in irony, pessimism and fucking pain. There was no second choice – Mitch Massie was the only person for the job. He helped put our vision directly on the screen and we couldn’t be more happier and at the same time repulsed by the aftermath.”
“Travis threw down the gauntlet and asked for something based around the lyrics to this insane song,” Mitch Massie says. “Of course I had to accept the challenge. Have free reign to create something that could piss people off, make family members hate me even more, potentially ruin my future with more delicate bands, and make a complete audio/visual ‘fuck you’ in the most unapologetic way? Hell yes, count me in. This time the lyrics had to be visualized realistically as opposed to metaphorically so an absolute-bat-shit-insane cast was needed. Truly, nothing is more life affirming or fun than to shoot a project full of violence, rape, and mutilation with a group who has no fear of anything. So much of this video is real that I’ve never laughed so much in my life while being seconds away from a trip to the emergency room every day. Caleb Schneider is a personal hero of mine for creating the ‘appliance’ and having enough faith in me to do it justice. Getting a box of dicks in the mail is a very special yet humbling moment in one’s life. It was no surprise that Travis had a difficult time finding a place to show this disgusting and very bloody project but it is amazing, ironic, and fitting that Bloody Disgusting decided to support it. I’m thankful all of our work can be heard and seen in the right place. I hope this isn’t the last time I get to do something this outrageous and awful. I would love to do a Taylor Swift video based on Story of the Eye.”