Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Run a Monster is in the Room:MTV Says Kanye’s “Monster” Video Not Banned

MTV has responded to reports that they have banned Kanye West‘s “Monster” video after being pressured by a women’s rights organization. The cable channel says they are still waiting on edits to be made to the video before it will air.

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“MTV has not banned Kanye West’s ‘Monster’ video,” the network said in a statement. “We have been in constant communication with the label regarding this matter. However, we are still awaiting the edits we requested in order for the video to be suitable for broadcast.”

“The mainstreaming of videos like this increases desensitized and callous attitudes toward violence against women,” said Melinda Tankard Reist, of Change.org, the group that led an effort to have the video banned.. “Young people are seeing images and absorbing harmful messages which glamorize misogyny and brutalize women. Women are reduced to sex-doll like playthings. So great is the level of desensitization that the barbaric treatment of women and girls is seen as normal and to be expected. We decided to run this campaign because we wanted to challenge the status quo.”

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