Neither red NOR blue...MTV turns yellow

"[MTV has] told Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails that they feel 'uncomfortable' about the band's plan to perform their new single, 'The Hand That Feeds' at the MTV Movie Awards in front of 'an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop,'" writes Karina Longworth. "Reznor decided to pull out of the appearance rather than change the medium of his message. 'Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me,' Reznor wrote... MTV but-but-rebutted, 'While we respect Nine Inch Nails' point of view, we were uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement.' Uncomfortable? MTV, are you the engine of the zeitgeist, or are you an ill-fitting wool-suit-clad accountant?" Wait, don't answer that. (TV Squad via DJ EZI)

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.