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MTV bans Public Enemy Video
« on: September 17, 2002, 05:36:21 PM »
Public Enemy video banned Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - 10:48 by Red
Public Enemy and MTV were unable to workout a compromise so that the group's latest video--for the song "Give The People What They Need," from the group's new Revolverlution album--could air on the network, according to the group's frontman Chuck D.

At the center of the controversy were the references made in the song and video to Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was found guilty of killing police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. Jamal was sentenced to death, but Judge William Yohn set aside the sentence last year. Both parties have appealed Yohn's decisions and the case is currently in the U.S. Court Of Appeals. If Yohn's decision is upheld, Jamal will serve the rest of his life in prison.

MTV requested that Public Enemy remove the word "free" before Mumia Abu-Jamal, but the group refused the request. Chuck D explained the group's stance to, "Really it ain't about playing the Public Enemy video. So be it. I do art and songs to provoke and not be a joke. It would've been simple as hell for them to rather say they didn't like the video. But as a black man, it's the nerve of them judging what's acceptable coming out of blackface. If they think having a political viewpoint in music is irrelevant, it's because they've taken the Nazi approach in censoring it themselves...I refuse to edit out the Mumia audio and visual, that's crazy and they must be out of their f--king mind."

-- Launch

Jome: Mayn, MTV is bitches for this.
Finally someone takes a stand towards their nazi-policy.
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2002, 08:59:32 PM »
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Re: MTV bans Public Enemy Video
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2002, 09:26:07 PM »
FUCK mtv
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Re: MTV bans Public Enemy Video
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2002, 05:37:12 AM »
I don't know if it's the US that only has a problem with this video/song, but I saw this video on MTV Base the other day  :-/ I havn't seen it since so maybe they've pulled it too. This is pretty touchy if you ask me, I thought we were over petty censorship, if they can show video's like the Prodigys "Smack My Bitch Up" totally unedited (even though it has to be after midnight) then they sure as hell can show this without expecting it to be edited.

I think that if you take one of the 'O's' out of 'Good' it's 'God', if you add a 'D' to 'Evil' it's the 'Devil'. I think some cool motherfucker sat down a long time ago and said 'let's figure out a way to control motherfuckers'.


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Re: MTV bans Public Enemy Video
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2002, 10:06:16 AM »
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