Tuesday, February 10, 2004

MTV IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN ASSOCIATION WITH PURITAN MAID: Oh, don't think the Janet Jackson breast has stopped wreaking its havoc amongst Americans. MTV is now shifting six "racy" videos off its daytime slate and will only be showing the likes of Britney's Toxic when the bairns are abed. An MTV speakperson said We always take into account what the cultural environment is on an ongoing basis. Given the particular sensitivity in the culture right now, we're erring on the side of caution for the immediate future." Both MTV and Viacom deny this "erring on the side of caution" comes from the parent company.

It's not just saucy spots that are getting the shove; anything that could be slightly troublesome is being pulled off - Blink 182, Maroon 5 and Incubus' flying Hitleresque angel has also been deemed unacceptable in the daylight. Justin Timberlake's fingers may yet have unleashed a whole new stream of dumbing down in the record industry.

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