"If the human body's obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me." Larry Flynt ix
Since the '70s, 'X-rated' video has occupied the time and minds of many American advocates of censorship. In particluar, censors target music videos because American youth access them much easier than other kinds of explicit video.
"The motivation for their existence often has more to do with PR than 'art,' but they can also reflect the nature of popular music to keep pushing the boundaries of acceptability."x
The Prodigy startled censors with their video Smack My Bitch Up (WARNING! If you advocate censorship, this may offend you.) , which is shot from the perspective of one woman. Everyone watching the video sees what she sees.
The controversy begins with her in the shower, and the viewer watches as she gets ready, goes to a dance club, does cocaine, beats up a few guys, goes to a strip club and proceeds to have a lesbian encounter.xi
The video was so graphic that the band reacted negatively . When the Prodigy saw the video for the first time, they hated it. A few weeks later, after speaking with their record label (XL), the band had a new view. They decided what they really wanted to do, was release the video.
They did. The video aired for a short time in 1997 before MTV yanked it from it's rotation, stating that it had no plans of airing the video again.xii
Ironically, the video went on to win "Best Dance Video" at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. xii
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Challenged Audio: A Brief History
Audio censorship didn't show up yesterday, last year or even in the last decade. It really began to have an affect in the '50s, when the 'rock and roll' craze struck the world.