20:17 - 28 May, 2005
I Don't Want My MTV
The rock band Nine Inch Nails said on Friday it canceled plans to appear on next
week's MTV Movie Awards after the network questioned the band's plans to perform
in front of an image of President Bush.
The band was slated to perform "The Hand That Feeds," the first single
from its latest album.
A Los Angeles Times review called the song "a warning against blind acceptance
of authority, including that of a president leading his nation to war."
"We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested, straightforward
image of George W. Bush as the backdrop. Apparently, the image of our president
is as offensive to MTV as it is to me," Nine Inch Nails' leader Trent Reznor
said in a statement posted on the band's Web site.
MTV said in a statement: "While we respect Nine Inch Nails' point of view,
we were uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political
statement. When we discussed our discomfort with the band, their choice was
to unfortunately pull out of the Movie Awards."
MTV is owned by Viacom Inc., the corporate parent of broadcast network CBS.
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