CBS Responds to Over Censorship Claims


After websites such as NYMag’s Vulture, Miss Info’s blog, as well as  this one decided to speak up about the over censorship we heard (or didn’t hear) on last night’s East Coast broadcast of The Grammy’, CBS released this statement to The Associated Press (via MTV) today:

“It was a rousing musical performance, but words were edited from the live telecast that didn’t meet our broadcast standards,” said CBS spokesman Chris Ender. “We have great respect for artists’ creative freedom, but there are certain things you can’t say, or sing, on television.”

Again, if the artist in question omitted the words themselves, was there really a need for the blanket censorship? How about we sat through Lady Gaga’s face for three hours and didn’t get to hear half of the song.

Link: Silence wasn’t golden when Grammys bleeped lyrics [The AP]

Miss Info’s (who has some experience with these kind of things) hunch:

I know what the real problem was. When you hit the “dump button” for a curse word, it takes time for the system to reload. So…it actually takes out more than just the offensive word. Live-censoring is a sloppy science. When the awards aired on the WestCoast, they were able to finetune the clean-up.

That might be true, but throughout the whole broadcast they were showing scenes from upcoming moments before the commercial break, how did they let the one “iffy” performance be the only live footage they aired. Damn shame.

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14 Responses to “CBS Responds to Over Censorship Claims”

  1. verses Says:

    I dont give a flying fucking fuck of a fuck.

    I have great respect for artists’ creative freedom, but there are certain things you can’t say, sing, or show on television like wheelchair jimmy and his boyfriend the Lil Wang the Martian.

    I’ll supoort CBS policy on censorship if they just block Wheelchair Jimmy period. Fuck yes!

  2. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    C-O-N-spiracy(c)damon wayans

    but thas a moot point if you’re a student of the culture.

    fuckin nerds.


    lol, I’m hoping they get footage of Jay trying to harmonise in the studio (n)

    ^ ^
    Something like this. . .

  4. Shooter Says:

    I actually didnt notice the censorship as bad as what people are saying but thats probably because I’m in the southern-hemisphere n shit lol

    I do distinctly remember Wayne saying “Nigga” un-censored in the version I watched though…

  5. DOM IZZO Says:

    We are nah righhhhhht, we are the commmentsssss, we run the net to make a better place so please stop tripppinnnnn!

  6. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    We are nah righhhhhht, we are the commmentsssss,


    i said the same shit when all these so-called ‘vets’ were butt hurt over jae mills sayin commenters don’t know if they have aids cause they comment too much.
    uphold the culture by any means tho nahkis.

  7. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    black thought got a platinum suit on on jimmy fallon.

    jimmy fallon makin the roots a late show band>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  8. JihaD Says:

    The last time Wheelchair Jimmy and Dwayne were on stage together, these niggas were playing hide the sausage with 12 year old girls…. yea, I’m glad the canadian got censored…


  9. Maccaveli Says:

    Verses, what the fuck are you talking about? Having watched the uncensored video I can tell you that there was not a single cuss said in the whole performance. CBS censored absolutely nothing, they just cut large chunks out of the song for no reason at all.

  10. aj Says:

    if the many sound blanks for what seemed like 10 seconds or more that i caught over here out west were part the ‘fine-tuned’ version, the east coast broadcast must have consisted of damn near complete silence.

  11. Hombre Negro Says:

    was justin timberlake and janet cbs?

  12. Hi Hater! Says:


  13. tAjh Says:

    ” I watch CBS and i see BS” (c) Rapper Naz

  14. Mike Says:

    I didn’t watch the Grammys, but if one of the word they bleeped out was the n-word, then it’s fine by me. Rappers have to realize that there are people in this world that are offended by it, including black people such as myself.

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