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Thirteen Minutes To A Telly Ban: Leto on getting his new video on TV

By | Published on Tuesday 30 November 2010

Jared Leto has revealed that the latest 30 Seconds To Mars video has been banned from US TV, and not just because it’s thirteen minutes long.

Most TV networks, it seems, are a little nervous about the sexual imagery in the pop promo come short film, which definitely has bondage as one of its themes. MTV did air a slightly censored version, but quite a bit more censoring is going to be needed for it to get mainstream airplay, it seems. Though Leto says he’s not entirely against such edits providing the full uncut version can stream on the net.

Talking about the video for ‘Hurricane’, he told “I had always planned on having an explicit version and then a version that was not so explicit. The version that we were trying to get on broadcast is not the explicit version, and that’s still having a really difficult time. I’m not interested in provocation for provocation’s sake. I just think it’s interesting that when you turn on the news, or whatever else catches your interest, how much violence and negativity is available out there. As soon as it comes time for sexuality, it’s a big shock that people are sexual beings. It’s an interesting double standard to me”.

On the proposal he create a mainstream telly friendly version of the video, he continues: “You know, at another time I would say, ‘absolutely not’. I would refuse 1,000% to change what I felt was important. But with this film, I’m not so sure I would cut off the nose to spite its face, so to speak. There are creative solutions to every problem. Certainly it would be difficult for people to air a thirteen-minute-long music video slash short film, regardless of the content. I think people have dealt with this in different ways in the past. People have made cuts. People like Mark Romanek have gotten creative and had ‘scene missing’ cards [for Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer’]. That [creative challenge is] a great opportunity, and we’re going to take full advantage of that”.