Unlike: 15 Artists Whose Videos Were Banned
Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” video made headlines when it was banned from YouTube after only 10 minutes. But the Baijan Bad Girl isn’t the only banned artist out there. Check out our list of 15 entertainers whose music videos were determined to be too hot for TV.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell
The original version of “Blurred Lines” looks just like the safe for work version — except none of the ladies have their clothes on. Robin Thicke and Pharell knew it would get banned immediately so they made the covered up version most of us have seen.
Nas and Diddy
Kanye’s not the only one with a Jesus complex. The original version of the “Hate Me Now” video featured Diddy and Nas crucified on the cross like Jesus. Diddy had second thoughts and demanded that Hype Williams take the shots out of the video. But the wrong edit was sent to MTV and aired on April 15, 1999, but not for long.
Eminem’s “Just Lose It” featured a noseless Michael Jackson sleeping in a bed full of children. BET called it “inappropriate and disrespectful” and banned it — probably because MJ was battling child molestation charges at the time.
Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” got banned in a hurry. And it’s not hard to see why. Rumor has it, Ri’s currently working on a safe-for-work version of the video that we can all enjoy without cringing just a little bit.
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
The infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at Super Bowl XXXVIII didn’t get banned because there was no time. But it was still one of the most scandalous moments on live TV. They claimed it was accidental but does anyone still really believe that?
Watching The-Dreams “Pu**y” is like being taken to a strip club against your will. At one point some chick close-up twerks for the camera in lace underwear then rubs baby oil on her private area. It was banned from YouTube in the US almost as soon as it was posted, but it keeps popping up everywhere.
Back in 1981, “Super Freak” was banned from MTV because it “did not fit the rock format of MTV”. Rick James interpreted that as “no negroes (Except Michael Jackson) allowed” and accused MTV of “blatant racism.”
Sir Mix A Lot
In 1992, MTV was still struggling with acceptance. When “Baby Got Back” first came out, they banned it. When they finally featured it by popular demand, they did a lot of bleeping and blurred the crack on the giant foam butt in the video.
2 Live Crew
The original version of “Me So Horny” featured women shaking it in G-strings. But MTV wasn’t ready for that so 2 Live Crew cut another version of the single with toned down lyrics and women in bike shorts instead of thongs.
Yup, MTV banned the last four minutes of the original “Black Or White” video because Michael Jackson dance grabs his crotch and “zips” his pants up. That’s pretty conservative considering the fact that Madonna released “Vogue” the year before which featured raunchier moves than Michael ever pulled.
If you think MTV is bad, be glad you don’t live in South Korea. The state-owned KBS channel banned the “Gangnam Style” singer’s new video “Gentleman” because he knocked over a traffic cone. They take public property abuse very seriously in South Korea.
JT’s not a Mouseketeer anymore. His 2013 “Tunnel Vision” video was banned from YouTube because it featured a bunch of butt nakey women fondling themselves.
Back in 2011, Rihanna’s “S&M” was banned in 11 countries because of all the and latex and lyrics like “Sticks and stones may break my bones/ But chains and whips excite me”
Surprisingly, BET — the network that pioneered Uncut videos — banned Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe”. We never got an official reason why, but we’re guessing it has something to do with the 52 times she says the word “hoe.” The video would just be one long beeeep.
“Alejandro” is basically just 5 minutes of dry humping. It’s as dirty as it gets with your underwear on. MTV banned it completely in the beginning but then allowed it to play after 10pm.