Saturday, June 04, 2005
A Shout out?
Monday, May 30, 2005
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
The band was slated to perform "God Bless The U.S.A.",
a cover of the Lee Greenwood song, the first single
from its latest album.
A Los Angeles Times review called the song "a saccharine
pandering to war-mongering xenophobic racists."
"We were set to perform 'God Bless the U.S.A.' with an
unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as
the backdrop. Apparently, the image of our president and
our expression of patriotism is offensive to MTV," 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 that
endorses aggressive war against innocent Afghani and Iraqi
civilians. When we discussed our discomfort with the band,
their choice was to unfortunately pull out of the Movie
MTV is owned by Viacom Inc., the corporate parent of
broadcast network CBS.