30 Seconds To Mars' new music video, "Hurricane", censored on TV.
Last music video by American band 30 Seconds To Mars had a hard time dealing with televisions to be broadcasted, as said by frontman Jared Leto on his personal website.
"Hurricane", new single off record "This is war", was first shown through mtv.com on November 29th, but, even on the web, some parts got censored. However, it is been broadcasted (on Internet) in other countries like Germany or Holland with no restriction at all.
13 minutes of sex, bondage, light violence are the arguments that make the video disqualified from being played as is, and being played before 10 pm - in the United States and the UK -. Jared said they knew they had to struggle to get it on TV, but didn't expect the clean version would also face resistance.
He told Entertainment Weekly the video had received a “really difficult time” and blamed it on what he perceived as double standards in the music industry.
"I’m not interested in provocation for provocation’s sake,” he said.
“I just think it’s interesting that when you turn on the news or whatever else catches your interest, how much violence and negativity is available out there.
"As soon as it comes time for sexuality, it’s a big shock that people are sexual beings. It’s an interesting double standard to me."
"(...) I had always planned on having an explicit version and then a version that was not so explicit. The version that we were trying to get on broadcast is not the explicit version, and that's still having a really difficult time."
He also said they are thinking on the possibility to change the clip to make it suitable for TV's censors:
“You know, at another time I would say, ‘Absolutely not.’ I would refuse 1,000 percent to change what I felt was important. But with this film, I’m not so sure I would cut off the nose to spite its face, so to speak…There are creative solutions to every problem. Certainly it would be difficult for people to air a 13-minute-long music video slash short film, regardless of the content. I think people have dealt with this in different ways in the past. People have made cuts.
The singer is now considering re-editing the clip to help get it on TV and he's asking collaborator Kanye West, who features in the song, for advice.
He adds, "I have talked to him about it. I've sent him some images and some clips. We're still plotting and planning, so you never know."
30 Seconds To Mars announced through twitter uncensored version is to be officially released soon, although other countries will be able (and were able) to watch it sooner. List of the countries and their tv channels broadcasting it (source):
Today's been premiered at 10pm on Kerrang, Box, Scuzz, NME TV, and Starz.
Tuesday premieres: Germany: MTV at 6:30 pm and myvideo.de; Holland: 3fm.nl; Switzerland: Blick.ch; Russia: A1 TV channel.
Wednesday premieres: Sweden: msn.se; Mexico: Rolling Stone site; Spain: MTV at 6 am; New Zealand: TBC and theedge.co.nz; Aaustralia: Channel V.