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MTV Rethinking War Clips

Videos by System and OutKast deemed possibly insensitive

Citing “heightened public sensitivity” because of the war in Iraq,
MTV Europe is avoiding videos and programs deemed “offensive to
public feeling.” A network memo written by Broadcast Standards
Manager Mark Sunderland recommends a temporary embargo of videos
that depict, “war, soldiers, war planes, bombs, missiles, riots and
social unrest, executions [and] other obviously sensitive

Among the videos the memo mentions are OutKast’s “B.O.B,” which
stands for “Bombs over Baghdad,” System of a Down’s “Boom!,” which
contains war-protest footage, and anything by the B-52’s, because
the band’s name is also a type of bomber plane.

Other videos on the list of examples include Aerosmith’s “Don’t
Want to Miss a Thing,” which contains footage from the movie
Armageddon, Bon Jovi’s “This Ain’t a Love Song,” and
Radiohead’s “Lucky.”

“It’s not a ban,” says a spokesman for MTV’s international
divisions. “It didn’t come from programming. We’re complying with
ITC guidelines on good taste, to avoid offending public feeling.”
ITC is a communications regulatory board based in Britain.

According to a spokesman for MTV USA, the memo doesn’t apply in
the United States. “We’re not banning anything,” he says. “We’re
being sensitive to the situation, in general and on a case-by-case


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