Kanye West slams censorship at Billboard Music Awards

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Kanye West Slams ‘Unwarranted Censorship’ by Billboard Music Awards.

You can imagine muttering the word ‘sorry’ must not come easily to Kanye West but that’s exactly what he’s done after his controversial Billboard Music Awards performance. ‘Non-profane lyrics such as “with my leather black jeans on” were muted for over 30-second intervals. As a result, his voice and performance were seriously misrepresented. ‘Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologise to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned.’ 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.

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