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Tuesday
Feb082011

Rihanna Upset Song Censored, Retitled by BBC

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(LONDON) -- Rihanna's new single "S&M" is racy -- but the BBC considers it so racy that not only has it censored the lyrics, it's actually changed the title.

According to London's Metro publication, BBC Radio 1's Official Chart Show has retitled the song "Come On," and edited out the words "sex," "whips" and "chains."

Rihanna is not happy about this development.  Upon learning of the censorship, she wrote on her Twitter account, "Are you bleepin' kidding me???"  And when a fan asked her if she was okay with it, she responded, "Absolutely NOT!"

A Radio 1 spokesperson told Gigwise.com that they plan to play the edited version of "S&M" during the daytime hours, when children are more likely to be listening, but will play the original version in "specialist shows with an appropriate introduction."

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Thursday
Feb032011

Rihanna Posts Racy Video on Website to Avoid YouTube Censorship

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna isn't happy that YouTube deemed her new video "S&M," which depicts her wearing bondage gear, brandishing a whip and cavorting with a blow-up doll, too hot for young people.

Fans who attempted to watch the video on YouTube were met with an "inappropriate for some users" parental warning flag, and a request to verify that they were 18 years or older before viewing.

As a result, Rihanna tweeted a link to the clip, and wrote, "U can now view the 'S&M' video on RihannaNow.com UNFLAGGED!!"  She also pointed out one of her previous videos was even racier, but nobody seemed to mind.  "They watched 'Umbrella,'" she tweeted.  "I was full nude."

Meanwhile, the British press has reported that the video has been banned in 11 countries, and BBC's Radio One won't play the song before 7 p.m. because of lyrics like, "Sticks and stones may break my bones/But chains and whips excite me."  However, it isn't true that MTV is considering editing the clip.  MTV News reports the video was approved by the network as is.

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