Thirty Seconds to Mars' racy 'Hurricane' video 'banned' from TV, says Jared Leto

30-seconds-to-mars-gimpsThirty Seconds to Mars‘ provocative music video for “Hurricane” has been “BANNED FROM TELEVISION,” according to a new blog entry by frontman Jared Leto. The actor-singer posted a letter that he claims to have received from an unnamed network regarding the clip’s content.

The letter includes notes on nearly 40 violent and/or sexual images: “fight between gimp man and bystander,” “man grabs and squeezes lady’s breasts,” “couple in bondage gear and handcuffs,” and so on. Most of these are cited as reasons why “Hurricane” would be restricted to airing after 7 P.M., 9 P.M., or 10 P.M. One scene, whose description begins “woman’s finger running over other woman’s bottom in g-string,” is cited as “COMPLETELY RESTRICTED.” The band would have to remove this shot entirely for “Hurricane” to air even after 10 P.M.

Thirty Seconds to Mars has been posting teaser clips for the “Hurricane” video for a while now. Check out one of those creepy previews after the jump, then read the letter at Leto’s blog, and let us know what you think about this controversy.

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  • Girl

    Oh boy…. Jared… This is what happens when your creative genius goes a tad bit too far… I’ll still watch the video online anyway. Oh well.

  • thisiswar

    I don’t care if it’s banned from tv, I still want to see it. Based on the teasers it is going to be amazing. They can’t stifle Jared’s creative genius! Let the controversy begin x) <3

    • ForeverEchelon

      This page needs a thumbs up button so I can thumb up your comment thisiswar :) I concur 100%.

      I’m sure that they can have the full, original version to show everyone online and then use their editing mojo to make it so that it is still amazing, yet viewable, for TV so that everyone can still watch their unmatched creativity in action!

  • Josh

    No, it was merely banned from TV because it is a music video.

  • Cris

    Maybe it just sucks

    • hahahaha

      hahahahaa yes

  • Chloe C

    Ok then air it after 12am. I don’t see how other artists can have their suggestive and sexually explicit videos released and aired throughout the day, with lyrics that can be just as explicit. 30stm pushes the creative limits from one extreme to another and do it in a artistically artful way, that’s what makes them so unique. Release the Hurricane short film, the world is going to see it one way or another.

  • Trey

    These pretentious morons should be banned from the music industry as well. Their first album was actually pretty enjoyable, but they lost any redeeming qualities when they started taking themselves seriously.

    • Clayton

      You obviously have no idea what real music is if your bagging on 30 Seconds to Mars. They are one of the bests artists in music history and proof of that is in their fanbase. Their music is revolutionary and pushes the limits of creativity. You know a song is good when you can listen to it 100 times and not get annoyed by it. Can you say that for lady Gaga or Justin Bieber? I think not.

      • Levi

        While 30stm may be very creative in their presentation and short films, the actual music fails to match that of the imagery they present. I would certainly argue that they are far better and more original that any other mainstream artist on the market today, however they still fail to match many of todays critically revered artists. (for example, see Thrice’s alchemy index albums or dredg’s “El Celio”).

  • Sarah

    I love this album….Hurricane is my favorite song on it. Boo for banned videos.

  • anya

    Someone still plays music videos on tv? Isn’t the internet where music videos are at these days?

  • Atomic

    So we still live in prehistoric times. Get with the program, it’s 2010, nothing’s too shocking for TV anymore. I’m not even a fan of 30STM but they make some of the greatest music videos ever and this video deserves to be seen and broadcast on every music channel.

  • Yo

    He’s just saying it for the publicity. He is friends with Kanye West, after all.

  • Katie

    I don’t see the big deal. Madonna had a racy music video that MTV aired after midnight. (But that was back when MTV still showed music videos during the day instead of this mundane, follow-the-masses, reality BS. But if they are going to show Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” video and really pigeon hold 30STM for their video? How come Lady Gaga can get away with sexually provocative scenes? Just another reason why MTV needs a “reality” check.

    • Levi

      One difference, I don’t remember Lady Gaga or Madonna videos showing bondage fetishes.

      • Right

        Um… do your homework… Madonna has had at least two videos banned from MTV. Check out Justify Your Love. Lady Gaga’s videos are no better. They’re all a rip off of Madge’s anyway. Half the crap Gaga wears is latex. I would call that bondage wear. Doesn’t she dance around in a thong in one of her videos too?

  • nodnarb

    I wonder if the fact that this “video” is 20 minutes long has anything to do with it?

  • Rachel

    This is so ridiculous! I too do not understand why those girls can make disgusting, dirty music videos and it’s okay, yet 30STM makes a provocative video and it gets banned.. You guys are the best and I am anxiously waiting to see the video online!!!

  • SMRT

    I believe the phrase you are looking for is pigeonhole (yes, it’s one word), not pigeon hold.

  • Jennifer

    Love 30STM. And they can show as much bondage and butt slapping they want. It is not what is being shown, but whoever is using the word “gimp”. (The tv network that banned them, EW, or the band- all three?) If they used the n-word, or any racial epitaph, they would be tarred and feathered. So why is Gimp ok?

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