UK TV censors ban Duran Duran’s X-rated video

November 14th, 2007 - 2:51 am ICT by admin  
The Eighties’ pop icons tried to criticise the “celebrity culture of rehab” through their new video, which features several controversial scenes of semi-naked models in distress and suffering breakdowns.

However, their joke did not go down well with the censors.

“It’s a shame because the film is stunning. It’s very arty, dark and deals with the whole celebrity culture of rehab,” the Mirror quoted an insider as saying.

“The band are really disappointed that the video won’t be seen because they believed it to be one of their finest yet,” the source added.

The video has been shot inside the Linda Vista mental hospital in downtown Los Angeles.

Censors feared that its saucy and voyeuristic content and unsympathetic take on rehab could spark outrage among self-help groups.

The song has been co-written and produced by Justin Timberlake. It is inspired by the breakdowns of celebrities like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.

“There has been so much coverage of young celebrities running off to rehab that the band wanted to poke fun at how ridiculous they are - but it’s backfired on them,” the source said.

“The band had shot two versions of the video but the one they wanted to release was deemed too risque, so a more toned-down and censored video will be used instead,” he added.

A spokesman for the band has confirmed that the milder version of their video will be broadcast.

“Unfortunately the first video has been banned, so the tamer one will be aired instead,” he said

This is not the first time that a music video of Duran Duran has been banned from TV, for their steamy video for the hit single ‘Girls On Film’ was banned by the BBC and heavily edited by MTV in 1981. (ANI)

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