Thirty Seconds to Mars Hurricane Video Banned Says Jared Leto
According to a new blog entry by Jared Leto, frontman of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, his new music video for the band’s new song Hurricane has been banned from television.
“We always knew there would be some images that would have a tough time getting through,” says the singer and actor, “But we didn’t expect this kind of pushback that we’re getting now.”
According to a letter from an unnamed television network posted on his blog, the video has almost 40 violent and sexual images including some that are described as: “fight between gimp man and bystander,” “man grabs and squeezes lady’s breasts,” “couple in bondage gear and handcuffs,” and more.
“I had always planned on having an explicit version and then a version that was not so explicit,” Leto says. “The version that we were trying to get on broadcast is not the explicit version, and that’s still having a really difficult time.”
Well, considering one image in particular has been described as, “woman’s finger running over other woman’s bottom in g-string,” what do you expect?
According to Leto, who is apparently ‘surprised’ at all of the networks nixing the sexual content in the video, he’s “not interested in provocation for provocation’s sake.”
“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.”
Come on Leto, sex sells and so does controversy. How about spending more time on the music and less on the videos.