Kanye West Slams ‘Unwarranted Censorship’ by Billboard Music Awards

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

The US rapper took to the stage on Sunday night with powerful renditions of hits “All Day” and “Black Skinhead”, only for producers to bleep out more than a minute for fear of broadcasting offensive words. “It’s ridiculous that in 2015, unwarranted censorship is something that artists still have to fight against,” read a statement from Yeezy’s representative. “Kanye West was grossly over-censored at the Billboard Music Awards.

A statement released by the rapper’s publicist reads: “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.” TV watchdog Ofcom received 126 complaints after a couple of profanities slipped through the net, while others were left disappointed by the continuous sound interruptions. A large amount of West’s performance was censored due to frequent use of expletives (as was the case during his Brit Awards appearance in February) and the star’s appearance was shrouded by smoke and pyrotechnics. According to some reports, the rapper — who was joined onstage by Allan Kingdom and Theophilus London — was booed at the start and end of his performance.

West was described by the art school as “a leader in the music industry as a Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer, as well as a fashion designer and interdisciplinary artist whose work provokes cultural discourse by reflecting a realism of the street.”

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