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Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” Video Banned by MTV (UPDATED)

14 March 2010 36 Comments

Posted by Joannes

MTV has deemed it inappropriate for its viewers to watch Lady Gaga’sTelephone video, so the music channel is banning the provocative and controversial mini movie-cum-music video. Other networks are expected to follow MTV’s lead, but the millions of people who have seen the video on YouTube do not seem to mind.

The controversial video has riled the sensitivities of some people for its raunchy content, which includes lesbian kissing and a lot of boobs, not to mention parental-advisory-worthy lines. The video has received over 14 million hits just three days since its debut. “Telephone” opens with a bra-less Lady Gaga being escorted to her jail cell by two bra-flashing guards, as female inmates salivate at the new jailbird.

Gaga is then stripped to her undies, prompting someone to quip: “I told you she didn’t have a d—.” Lady Gaga is rumored to have been born a hermaphrodite. The video also features Beyonce, who also shows a lot of skin, and is directed by Jonas Akerlund. “Telephone” is the second collaboration between Lady Gaga and Akerlund after their highly successful “Paparazzi.”

UPDATE:

MTV Executive Vice President of Music and Talent Amy Doyle explained on Monday that MTV  has not banned Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video:

“MTV did not ban Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s ‘Telephone’ video — in fact, we premiered it on Friday, March 12, on-air and online at MTV.com, two days before this story was falsely reported,” said Doyle. “Fans can continue to catch the video as we repeat it on-air and online.”

Read the full story at MTV.com

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  • oko

    if killing people, kissing, or breasts in music videos should be banned, then all those hip hop rap whatever music videos should be banned from mtv.
    banning swearing? WHTAEVER. you can censor the freaking words geez.

  • icyndicy

    Best thing that could have happened to her! What these “networks” fail to realize is…we don't need them anymore. THEY ARE OBSOLETE! With the internet, an artist can promote themselves in ANY WAY they see fit. These major labels, media companies/conglomerates…etc…can kiss their asses goodbye. We don't need or want their censorship! As an artist, you don't need to be backed by a major label or be accepted by the mass media.

  • Anonymous

    So MTV plays awful shows like “Totally Jodie Marsh”, “Rock of Love Bus” and shallow, awful shows like “Next” – but can’t show an imaginative, unique and completely incredible music video by the probable current most popular singer alive today? Pathetic.

  • kayoaxl

    I can't believe, are they stuck in the 20th century?!
    Whatever, we do not need the idiots from MTV.
    Thanks to the internet we have freedom of information.

  • Anonymous

    thats dumb because theres a shorter version of the video that doesnt show all that stuff. who cares if they show boobs. theres little girls out in this world showin their tits off to older people. NO ONE CARES.

  • http://twitter.com/ryangeary ryan geary

    Oh. Well what a shame that a network who has downgraded into a reality show-ridden shit hole is banning this pop master piece…because, well, you know, you see SO many music videos being played on this channel in the first place these days.

    MTV is doing themselves no good, nor are they stopping the revolutionary breakthrough this video has garnered in just one weekend. There are much worse things—I highly doubt a blurred out vagina and a few ‘mother fucker’s here and there are going to harm anybody.

    This just epitomizes the shit hole that MTV has become. Whatever happened to this channel being a devotee to the music video part of this industry? Lady Gaga and Beyoncé were marvelous in this video, and it’s no surprise to me that the censor-wary managers of these networks these days can’t even handle a music video that’s a little extreme in nature. Because male rappers singing about a rocking a woman’s bed is definitely much more appropriate and wholesome…christ.

  • bomber25

    MTV?? (music television) who cares they have not lived up to that name since 1999. They probably meant to say that they will not be showing the music video for “Telephone” “3″ “Make Me” or basically any music video for that matter. MTV is too busy busy glorifying teen pregnancy, and spoiled brat 16 year olds.

  • upkids

    really? they can show these awfully provocative rap videos but not this one? wow.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I didn’t realise MTV still played music on their channel. How stupid, don’t they know this is her point, she wants to be controversial, and promote gay rights. Why censor it?

  • jenstriegel

    Oh but MTV allows Madonna and Britney/Christina to kiss and bare their skin. OKAY.

  • upkids

    they're on a mission to only serve bro'z tastes. and bros don't like gaga's feminine power. it doesn't reinforce patriarchy, so they banned it.

  • Anonymous

    They’re really bringing up the fact that two women are making out?? What a very, very homophobic remark, considering Shakira’s new video has her and Rafael Nadar basically doing it throughout half of it and no banning of that?? And the scene with her taped boobs and blurred out vagina literally lasted 3 seconds, get over it! Theres worse things out there for kids to find. These excuses are absolutley ridiculous! She is an unbelievably talented artist, amazing performer, and such a unique and caring person. The fact that she has the whole package just drives people to pick at the niddy griddy and ban her phenomenal videos for these ridiculous reasons. We need someone like GaGa in the world! Little monsters stick together and defend her! She deserves the best from her fans!

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  • http://twitter.com/LordPancreas Hugh Guiney

    This is a real shame considering the music video is one of the most artistic, innovative, and interesting I’ve seen in a while.

  • http://audiotopia.tumblr.com/ audiotopia

    They're totally gonna ban Lil Wayne's “Every Girl” next, right right?

    Yeah, totally.

    lolno.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot believe they have banned this amazing-not-hurting nobody video from the web!! People in the tv network Should have had another point of view or opinions before deciding to delete this! You know this video is not bad compared to porn and millions of other thing in the Internet that exist nowadays; for god’s sake.. We are living in an era where values that we thougt they were label as “good” are changing by the minute without us noticing but youngers do and deleting this video won’t make any frriking diference whatsoever… I hope my voice is hear out there!!

  • nikkistar01

    Ok…So they can picture girls kissing if it's to provoke men…but to serve as something as controversial as women kissin to provoke women its wrong? Seriously its totally biased. Its like double standards to the highest degree.

  • jayne

    just watched it,………..errrrrrr nothing wrong with it FAB LONG LIVE THE GAGA X

  • http://twitter.com/itsMIKEYY mingebag

    Well it's still playing on Viva, and Viva is run by MTV..

  • fierce1

    Come on people.. this video is amazing, who cares about a few choice words and a bit of breast.. it's FABULOUS

  • Jenny Tolios

    Just viewed the vid – one word…..AWESOME!

    Well done to Lady Gaga, Beyonce and all others who were involved in this clip! Thank God there is still someone out there who can provide the viewing public with some edgy, brilliant and risque video clips.

    Although Madonna paved the way for controversy in the music industry, I really believe the torch is being passed to the fab Lady Gaga! Keep doing what you're doing girl and save us all from another decade of the bland, untalented, mass-produced and lifeless “singers” who have darkened our doorstep for far too long!

    Peace out
    Jenny T

  • shelmonster

    i always believed in lady gaga's v#$ina. (:
    at least we have the internet to see her almost fully naked.
    f$ck, shes so amazing.
    right?(:
    i'm a girl and i want to marry her.
    i'm also totally straight, but she could make me go both ways.
    she is such an inspiration

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  • erika

    I can not believe MTV Banned Lady Gaga and Beyonce's new Video Telephone, being a Gay Woman i have experienced discrimination,and this is on the edge of discrimination. What is seen in this video goes on in Clubs and behind closed doors Lady Gaga and Beyonce are just bringing it out, as they say in A Few Good Men. “YOU CAN'T HANDEL THE TRUTH” Erika P.S. love being fought over

  • Anonymous

    The mass media companies can kiss my ass, thats why we have streaming video on the internet.

  • DivaParis

    All I can say is…Thank God for Youtube! Gaga..U go GIRL!!!

  • DivaParis

    All I can say is “Thank God for YOUTUBE!!…Lady Gaga, you whip em Girl!!”

  • adewrerfcs

    8.400.000 MILLIONS OFAMERICANS DAY OFF AND MORE 2.000.000 MILLIONS AMERICANS LOSES THEY HOMES.

    AND THEY PLAY AND SING AND SMILE A LOT TO YOU!!!!!!! AND WANT YOURS CHILDREN SEE THIS PORN VIDEO.ALSO THEY WANT YOU BUY THE CD'S AND DVD'S.

    THEY WANT YOU BE A THIRD WORLD!!!!!!!!

  • mandyaxtell

    I just saw it on MTV this morning.

  • exodus04

    If people don't want their children to watch the video then make use of the parental control feature on your TV. Lady Gaga has made the most interesting videos telling truths in society and I love to watch her stories they are dark comedy done through a new-age baroque style and I love dark comedy. she should not be banned for shining light on some reality. Also I love those trannies on there, lmao, Banning this video is like saying,”We are going to not let our children see what other children will have to go through cause we can afford channels like MTV and we dictate what is to be watched” it's a part of life people just get over it!

  • exodus04

    People need to utilize the parental controls on their TV more often if they don't want their children to watch the stuff on MTV, half the rappers ' out there are more disgusting than her. What people are worried about is teenage pregnancy, they see she's a girl and they see their little girl dancing to it, then “sl*t!” comes to mind (I'm pretty darn sure that Gaga didn't make this video to be view specifically by people age 13 down). She's a star, she's not going away fast so just get used to her. Her videos have the most interesting take on life, the dark comedy themed new-age baroque style is really amazing and tells a story through her own eyes. for god's sake she's an artist let her express how she feels!, Hell go to an art fair how many naked women will you see there in picture doing provocative things? I'll tell you, TONS!! and people love taking their children to see it!

  • exodus04

    If this is the only message on here from me it's because my last comment was apparently too provocative like the Gaga video a moderator censors what you say on here make it sound pretty I guess people!

  • exodus04

    If people don't want their children to watch the video then make use of the parental control feature on your TV. Lady Gaga has made the most interesting videos telling truths in society and I love to watch her stories they are dark comedy done through a new-age baroque style and I love dark comedy. she should not be banned for shining light on some reality. Also I love those trannies on there, lmao, Banning this video is like saying,”We are going to not let our children see what other children will have to go through cause we can afford channels like MTV and we dictate what is to be watched” it's a part of life people just get over it!

  • exodus04

    People need to utilize the parental controls on their TV more often if they don't want their children to watch the stuff on MTV, half the rappers ' out there are more disgusting than her. What people are worried about is teenage pregnancy, they see she's a girl and they see their little girl dancing to it, then “sl*t!” comes to mind (I'm pretty darn sure that Gaga didn't make this video to be view specifically by people age 13 down). She's a star, she's not going away fast so just get used to her. Her videos have the most interesting take on life, the dark comedy themed new-age baroque style is really amazing and tells a story through her own eyes. for god's sake she's an artist let her express how she feels!, Hell go to an art fair how many naked women will you see there in picture doing provocative things? I'll tell you, TONS!! and people love taking their children to see it!

  • exodus04

    If this is the only message on here from me it's because my last comment was apparently too provocative like the Gaga video a moderator censors what you say on here make it sound pretty I guess people!

  • Noone

    why would mtv ban lady gaga and beyonce telephone its one of their best songs now.