This thread can be for old, new - whatever. I find it interesting how much noise there was about this Robert Palmer video - two of the women are in knee-length black up to their neck. Besides the suggestion of mammary movement, there really isn't anything shocking about this. But back then? Oh hell no.
Banned or Controversial Music Videos
|by Anonymous||reply 56||06/20/2010|
I didn't remember the black-face in this video.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/19/2010|
Cool video. The only videos that are now banned are videos with the slightest hint of male homosexuality.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||06/19/2010|
MTV refused to play Queen's "Body Language" in 1982.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||06/19/2010|
And, of course, there's "Relax," Frankie Goes To Hollywood's infamously hedonistic and homoerotic video that MTV banned. Thank Goddess for USA's Nightflight.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/19/2010|
Didn't the UK or Ireland ban REM's "Losing My Religion" video for "homoerotic imagery"?
I thought that was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever heard at the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||06/19/2010|
It was the religious imagery that got it banned on MTV Europe. I do not think it was banned but it was heavily cut for a while.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||06/19/2010|
I thought Self Control by Laura Branigan was the first video MTV banned. Why I'm not sure
|by Anonymous||reply 7||06/19/2010|
Madonna owns this thread. Justify My Love, Erotica, What it Feels Like For a Girl, Like a Prayer....we could be here all day.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||06/19/2010|
Van Halen's 'Oh, Pretty Woman' was banned, so was 'I'm So Excited' by The Pointer Sisters' because you could see Bonnie's vagina in one scene. Pixilation would've solved the problem, but we weren't doing that yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||06/19/2010|
"Girls on Film" by Duran Duran. I think their video for "The Chauffeur" may have been banned, too, but not 100% certain.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||06/19/2010|
Enrique Iglesias playing with his pee pee!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||06/19/2010|
Oops. Meant to post this "Girls on Film". It's the raunchy version, which is kind of tame by today's standards.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||06/19/2010|
The Doors' video of "The Unknown Soldier" Shot over 40 years ago, and I think it would still have a hard time getting on TV.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||06/19/2010|
Madonna's Like a Prayer
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I never knew about the controversy over the Pointer Sisters "I'm So Excited" video. But watching the video on YouTube, at the 0:56 mark, it does appear that you can see vag.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/19/2010|
OP, I don't remember that Robert Palmer video being considered controversial or banworthy. What part of the world did you live in?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/19/2010|
Dwight Twilley's "Girls" (which had both male and female nudity)
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The didn't want Judy singing to or even mentioning Kennedy after his assassination - so she sang Battle Hymm of the Republic in tribute and they edited it where she said his name.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/19/2010|
That Robert Palmer video was not considered controversial in the US. It WAS, however, considered to be very sexy, and it jump started Palmer's career for a bit.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/19/2010|
Where did Twilley think this video would be playing?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/19/2010|
R17, I see your "Girls", and I raise you an "Allentown". (skip to 1:57)
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/19/2010|
Falco's "Jeanny." The song and video were both controversial -- telling the story of a child kidnapping (and rape?) from the point of view of the kidnapper.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||06/19/2010|
I couldn't see Enrique's penis at all in that one video... Is that version still censored?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/19/2010|
I don't recall MTV censoring 'Allentown' at all though.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||06/19/2010|
I remember seeing "I'm So Excited" all the time and always pointing out Bonnie's nudity. The video was not edited years ago. It was in soft focus, I guess that was the justification for not editing it.
My mom was always laughing about it. "I guess they forgot to edit that scene out?"
Didn't Bonnie later pose for Playboy?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||06/19/2010|
I remember Utah banned Olivia Newton John's song Physical, probably because at the end of the video two guys walk out together. I also remember a big uproar over Garth Brooks' The Thunder Rolls because it was about domestic abuse and murder.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||06/19/2010|
The Like a Prayer video was never banned. The Pepsi commercial that used the song was withdrawn, though.
JML, Erotica and WIFLFAG were banned, or shown after hours.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||06/19/2010|
Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time." Wasn't banned, but was only shown at night.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/19/2010|
[quote]I thought Self Control by Laura Branigan was the first video MTV banned. Why I'm not sure
Because it was a shitty song.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/19/2010|
The Laura video was initally banned and then retooled to be aired. The seduction scene was heavily edited. I would love to see the original unaired video.
Don't forget george michael "I want your sox"
|by Anonymous||reply 30||06/19/2010|
R24, you are correct. I just wanted to show man ass.
R25, that was June Pointer's pussy we saw. Bonnie Pointer was a solo act, and while a sister to the other Pointers, wasn't with them when they hit it big.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/19/2010|
Madonna's American Life video - not banned, but pulled by the artist herself.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||06/19/2010|
I seem to recall they banned a Johnny Cash video that features Kate Moss getting killed (or commit suicide)?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||06/19/2010|
Why, R32 because the song was a steaming pile of shit?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||06/19/2010|
This video was banned from MuchMusic when I was in high school - seriously:
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|by Anonymous||reply 36||06/19/2010|
George Michael, "Outside".
|by Anonymous||reply 37||06/19/2010|
I totally remember the controversy around "Addicted To Love." It was thought that the identically-styled women were being presented as objects, or somthing. I don't think it was banned, just controversial.
I'm laughing my ass off about seeing June Pointer's vulva.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||06/19/2010|
R38 is correct. There was a strong feminist backlash against both Robert Palmer videos ("Simply Irresistible" is the other mannequin video).
Michelle Shocked did a reply video for "On the Greener Side" sometime later.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||06/19/2010|
[quote]Don't forget george michael "I want your sox"
|by Anonymous||reply 40||06/19/2010|
Not a video, but my little hometown radio station played an instrumemtal version of "Like A Virgin." The DJ wouldn't even say the name of the song, just "That's Madonna!"
|by Anonymous||reply 41||06/19/2010|
Even now, the major-market pop radio station in my city of 5m people censors the word "bitch" from "Bad Romance."
|by Anonymous||reply 42||06/19/2010|
OP, if I remember rightly, the Robert Palmer video was criticized in some circles since the women were 'objectified'. According to some, dressing them all alike dehumanized them and made them look like identical, mindless sex dolls. Most of this outcry was coming from feminists who felt the vacant expressions and identical outfits turned the women into sex objects. But I never heard about the video being banned because of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||06/19/2010|
R43, you're right. I forgot about that. What the hell?
If anything it makes women seem like gorgeous zombies who are talented at musical instruments!
|by Anonymous||reply 44||06/19/2010|
IIRC, there were four or five women in Palmer's video, but the camera only focused on two of them. Guess the others weren't so hot.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||06/19/2010|
Can you find a more controversial music video than this?
Marilyn Mansin - (S)aint
|by Anonymous||reply 46||06/20/2010|
I bought Lady Gaga's CD at Target and every time she says 'Bitch' it's edited out!!! WTH.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||06/20/2010|
"Don't forget george michael "I want your sox""
Or his other big hit - the one about stinky feet - "Too Funky"
|by Anonymous||reply 48||06/20/2010|
Even though I like some of Marilyn's music, R46, in order to be controversial people have to give a shit in the first place.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||06/20/2010|
Is anyone else sort of shocked that the repeated line "Just smoke my cigarette and hush" wasn't cut/censored for the "Alejandro" video and single? I'm sure the nicotine nazis missed it or else they would be in an uproar. I know references to drugs/cigs aren't always cut, but in this case it's repeated so many times over the course of the song I feared they might make a stink about it.
They didn't... yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||06/20/2010|
The original AMERICAN LIFE video - shocking as hell!
|by Anonymous||reply 51||06/20/2010|
You still can't see the uncut version of Nine Inch Nail's Closer video on Youtube.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||06/20/2010|
R51, are you serious?
Shocking as hell?
|by Anonymous||reply 53||06/20/2010|
What was the Tubes video with Fee Waybill's penis?
|by Anonymous||reply 54||06/20/2010|
The Wild, Wild West with imaginary vage was quite the scandal in the late 80's. Banned in the U. K., I heard.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||06/20/2010|
I guess this can maybe be controversial.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||06/20/2010|