“It is problematic that Beyonce Knowles does a pelvic grind against Mr Jay-Z at 9am on a Saturday morning.”
So says Lauren Deemus from the South Australian Liberals.
The Liberal Party Federal Council has backed a resolution urging the Government to investigate classifications for music videos, partly inspired by Beyonce’s ample booty in Crazy in Love and the confusing message that it sends young girls.
Attorney-General Philip Ruddock generously offered to look into the matter by requesting footage of the lingerie clad Pussycat Dolls:
I would like to have the particular programs that you have identified and particularly if you have a tape of them or can identify the particular clips so that I can invite the appropriate officers to undertake a review and to see whether or not those matters ought to be requested for further examination.
The censorship of the controversial video clip has a long and proud tradition in music, but we’re guessing Philip isn’t one to tape Rage regularly. So, to aid Ruddock in his efforts to classify each clip, we’ve thrown together a few controversial videos to provide a benchmark:
- The first video to be banned by MTV was released by badasses Duran Duran.
- Yep, “Girls on Film“ was banned in 1981 for full frontal nudity. Warning, this is the uncensored version, so don’t be offended by the use of whipped cream. Or the haircuts.
Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” video was restricted to late-night broadcasts on MTV, perhaps for fear of scaring small children with footage of the singer straddling a battle ship canon dressed in a black G-String that revealed a tattoo on each buttock.
Body Count’s Cop Killer is so controversial that we can’t find a clip on YouTube, so here’s the live version. And here’s Ice T getting grilled by Jana Wendt on A Current Affair. Watch Wendt read the lyrics aloud.
- George Michael’s “I Want Your S-x” film clip managed to stave off the g-y rumours for another few years by depicting limbs writhing on black satin sheets and the ex Wham member writing the words ‘Explore’ and ‘Monogamy’ in lipstick on a naked thigh.
- Prodigy’s “Smack My B-tch Up“ was banned in several countries. The name says it all, really.
- Madonna is the world’s pre-eminent expert on getting one’s clip banned, earning the wrath of Christians and prudes everywhere by kicking off with Like a Virgin (gondolas, writhing, tulle) moving on to Like a Prayer (burning crosses, lingerie, the stigmata, a black Jesus), peaking at Justify My Love (sado-m-sochism, homos-xuality, cross-dressing, group s-x) and Er-tica (ditto), and most recently, pulling her American Life video (controversial military imagery) for fear of offending the troops in Iraq.