#048: Music Video

[F.U.C.K. is an e-zine that I started on January 24, 1993 and ended on January 24, 2000. One concept is that articles should be timeless if possible, so they were not released with dates. As such, the date on this blog is not exact but I will try to use a date as close as possible.]

Excuse me, but what the hell happened to music videos? Have you noticed the change also? Two major channels that play them… but they don’t really. Each channel has quite a few things that really suck about them.

First, you have MTV which most people are familiar with. Back when MTV first started, it was really cool. You could always count on good videos all day long. After a while it started other shows ranging from news, to shows with specific videos, and on to popular cartoons. They always run the modern and ‘hip’ commercials and usually don’t advertise bullshit products. Since the beginning, MTV has always been big on freedom of speech, through art, music, and voting and stuff.

Why is it that more and more videos have blurry spots where they are beginning to censor shit? The videos that come to mind are mostly rap videos which some people don’t like but it is the idea of it. For example, on several of Dr. Dre’s videos, you will notice shirts, hats, and other things blurred out. If you don’t notice, just look for it and you will see it all over the place. Well, I was kinda curious so I jumped over to BET during their video hour and caught a few videos that MTV had censored. What were they blurring out you ask?

Anytime a marijuana leaf is shown, they black it out. Sometimes they are blacking out hats with little shit that means nothing. Other times they are blacking out necklaces with medallions on them. Why though? That shit you can see on almost any channel at some point or another. And why do they censor ‘Produced and Directed by Dr. Dre’ at the end of one of his videos? Seems harmless to me.

Anyway, MTV has become way too hypocritical and they have blinded themselves to their own words and messages about freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

VH1. Video Hits 1 right? Why is it called that? Let me show you the line up in the ole TV guide for VH1 tonight, a Monday.

6:00 Rumor Has It (Game Show)
6:30 Music Mix (30 whole mins of videos)
7:00 Music Talks: Host Ken Taylor (Is this a talk show?)
8:00 The Sunday Comics (ha…no videos)
9:00 Rumor Has It (Again?!?)
9:30 New WKRP (yawn)
10:00 The Sunday Comics (err…didn’t we just see that?)

Looking ahead, it is the same schedule on Tues. Wow. Lotta variety in that schedule eh? And out of those 5 hours, you can really count on 30 minutes of videos.

So where do you go for good videos? Video Juke Box is scrolling the playlist too much. BET only has a part of the day lined up with videos. Country Videos….yeah right. So what does that leave you with?

Nothing. Some rich fuck needs to invest in a new television station that concentrates on more videos, and REAL free speech. Enough of the bullshit we are forced to endure to watch a single good video.

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