Kanye West says he was “over-censored” at Billboard Music Awards

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fuming Kanye West says he was ‘grossly over-censored’ at the Billboard Music Awards and apologises to fans saying ‘unwarranted muting’ ruined performance.

Fans who had hoped to see Kanye West perform “Black Skinhead” and “All Day” at last weekend’s Billboard Music Awards instead got mere blips of those songs peppered wth huge swaths of silence. The famously antagonistic rapper and performer must have sent the show’s production team (and its broadcast partners ABC) reaching for the panic switch with his lyrics in those songs, as the show’s censors bleeped out close to a quarter of his airtime, according to Rolling Stone. As a result, his voice and performance were seriously misrepresented.’ He also apologized to fans for the way TV executives cut the audio throughout his on-stage appearance in Las Vegas, claiming the amount of muting of his lyrics was ‘unwarranted.’ ‘It is ridiculous that in 2015, unwarranted censorship is something that artists still have to fight against,’ the statement continued. ‘Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologize to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned.’ Kanye had been advertised as one of the main performers of Sunday’s Billboards and many fans had been sat through the two-hour awards show waiting for their idol.

Bobby Jindal (R) on Tuesday issued an executive order enshrining protections for people and businesses that do not want to serve same-sex couples. “We don’t support discrimination in Louisiana and we do support religious liberty,” Jindal said in a statement. “These two values can be upheld at the same time.” The order came shortly after a panel in the state legislature voted down a proposed bill, the Marriage and Conscience Act, that would have had a similar effect. Their content – which can sometimes be profane, but not overly so by modern hip-hop standards – shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone at the awards show staff or the network, so it’s disappointing they decided to lean on the kill switch even during entirely prosaic lyrics. In nixing the legislation, the panel said it was concerned the so-called religious freedom bill could trigger a backlash similar to those seen in other states that pursued religious freedom laws this year. Critics of the move accused Jindal — who launched a presidential exploratory committee this week — of pandering to the religious right in an attempt to improve his low odds of winning the GOP nomination.

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