|Duran Duran's Video Girls on Film was|
the first music video to ever
be banned due to censorship.
|Madonna is quite familiar to Censorship.|
The definition of offensive music videos is different from one country to another. What is considered to be offensive in one country could be seen as a completely normal behaviour in another. The reason for this situation is the diversity of cultures that have different laws and different ethics. The label business which is usually producing the music video is aware of this phenomenon, so videos are being edited and distributed in a censored version and an uncensored one for a single artist. Despite these efforts on behalf of the producers, some videos still get banned as they are still regarded as being too offensive to be broadcasted to the public.
The first music video to be ever banned was Girls on film. It was banned by MTV in 1981, the very year of the birth of this TV station. This music video was considered to display too much amount of flesh and it was also banned by BBC for reasons of excessive nudity. Madonna had a lot of music videos that got banned for different causes. The Justify my love music video was particularly censored for its display of homosexuality, sadomasochism and group sex. Another Madonna music video, What it feels like for a girl was also banned by MTV because it displayed too much violence. And Madonna was banned again many years later for the American Life music video as it was considered to send an anti-American communication . The artist was forced to shoot another video for the song.
But Madonna isnt the only artist who has ever been banned. The Smack my bitch up music video by Prodigy was also banned, but only in a few countries, as it contained images displaying drug use and nudity. Even the music video for the hit song Firestarter by Prodigy was censored by BBC as it was considered to send a violent communication for arson. The God save the queen music video for the Sex Pistols was also censored by BBC for building an anti-royal statement.
Taking all these bans into consideration, there is no wonder that Egypt has banned around 20 music videos for their display of sexually-charged images!
Surprisingly, but even innocent music videos become victims of censorships. For instance, REMs Losing My Religion music video was censored in Ireland as it was displaying images which we are considered to mock religion.
In conclusion, music videos have been banned along the years for all sorts of reasons: religion, nudity, violence, drugs etc. One thing needs to be said: the fact that a music video gets banned doesnt mean it has a poor artistic assessment of worth , it plainly means that the message is inappropriate to be broadcasted on national television.