CBS Responds to Over Censorship Claims

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010


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.

Video: The Grammy’s (Abridged Version)

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Coldplay feat. Jay-Z – Lost+ / Viva La Vida

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Video: Lil Wayne Interview w/ Katie Couric (Full)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Miss Katie interviews his addiction for her Grammy Special.

Props to Yardie for dropping this off in the comments.

Previously: Lil Wayne Interview w/ CBS (Preview) (Video)

Video: Lil Wayne Interview w/ CBS (Preview)

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Katie Couric will be pregaming with Lil Wayne before the Grammy’s air, and here’s a preview of the interview.

Coincidentally we were discussing the similarities between boxers and rappers in the comments last night and someone said Lil Wayne is the Mike Tyson of rap, and I think this video is proof of that claim.

Bonus: Lil Wayne & Juelz Santana – Rap Cemetary (No Tags)

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