Saturday, June 20, 2009


Lately I have been extremely disturbed by something I saw on MTV. Surprisingly, it is actually related to watching actual videos--which is much more difficult to do on MTV than you may realize.

Since I have no stereo in my bedroom "suite," and I have no iPod (lame, I know...I'm so out of touch!) I have been turning on MTV in the mornings so I can have some music when I get ready. After my initial delight at discovering that MTV actually plays videos in the mornings, my balloon of joy was quickly deflated when I heard a strangely edited version of a familiar song.

I thought perhaps I had been mistaken, but then another song came on and it, too, was edited. I know that sometimes songs have to be edited, and that there are FCC regulations...yada, yada, yada. But the part that shocked me was that these songs are not edited on the radio--just on MTV.

For someone who remembers when MTV debuted, had an "I want my MTV" t-shirt and was even prohibited from watching it because it was uber-inappropriate--this editing situation was akin to blasphemy.

MTV is about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It's supposed to be for pushing the envelope, for being rebellious--not leading the way in censorship and political correctness. I had to exclaim, 'WTF!?!"

The words that were edited are as follows:

1. "Ho"
Really???--for how many years did MTV play NOTHING but rap--are you telling me that they edited out every "ho" in those songs?

2. "Russian"
Granted, it was preceding the word "roulette" but, come on!

3. "Gun"
Please refer to #1.

4. "Muffin"
I thought that the word "muffin" was used as a euphemism to avoid having to be edited...apparently not on MTV.

Since uncovering this disturbing MTV trend, I have heard these words and the very songs they came from on the radio--entirely unedited. I don't know what's going on at MTV but I don't trust it.

Again, I have to say, "WTF!?!"

1 comment:

Monica said...

The bigger WTF moment to me is the clearly UNedited reality shows that allow all of those words and far worse...see "Mom Behaving Badly" for one such example!!