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public enemy banned from mtv

the latest Public Enemy single "Gotta Give the Peeps What They Need," has been banned from the ever so famous rotation off videos airing on MTV these days. Courious as to why the iron fist of censorship decided to drop down on the song; I continued to read.
Public Enemy Fights the (MTV) Power
The headline caught my attention and i began to scroll down. It apears that the latest Public Enemy single "Gotta Give the Peeps What They Need," has been banned from the ever so famous rotation off videos airing on MTV these days. Courious as to why the iron fist of censorship decided to drop down on the song; I continued to read. The cause for commotion over the video was not caused by the popular explicit sexual content or extreme violence tags that get thrown on most any form of media produced these days. The network claimed to have a conflict of interest over a small two word phrase within the song. Most of you whom have watched MTV at least once in the last few years are probably wondering what phrase could be considered so taboo..so extreme..that the network wouldn't give the video a chance. The phrase in question is a phrase so radical that it would most likely warp the minds of young people across the country. Especially young impressionable young white males who have not yet realized that all minorities are dirty criminals who cause all of the social problems that we have to deal with every day.The two words are "Free Mumia." MTV said their guidelines prevent overtly-political videos from going into rotation and therefore this song will not be allowed to air. Here is what some lame ass MTV rep had to say about this.. "We asked if they could take out the word 'free,' not the name mentioned," an unidentified spokeswoman is quoted in the Times. "We felt it was a personal and political position on an individual, and we are an unbiased company. We asked them to resubmit the video without the word 'free.'"
In other words MTV disagrees with the view that Mumia Abu Jamal should be let off death row and given a fair trial. I can recall surfing between channels many a lonely night and seing videos on MTV with very strong sexist themes, many scenes depicting extreme violence towards women, and yes..even the ever so popular eminem videos that make references to assaulting people based on their sexual preference. Lets not also forget some of the post September 11th videos such as the Toby Keith video about how we should start dropping bombs on any country we suspect has something to do with terrorist organizations. Aparently that is a safe wholesome message to send to viewers but the thought of a fair trial is just to extreme for the network.
 
 

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