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Following the recent news that Nicki Minaj's 'Stupid Hoe' video had been banned from US Network BET, Capital is taking a look at some of the music videos which have stirred up controversy over the years.
Nicki is the latest star to have faced criticism for the nature of her music video. The explicit content resulted in the promo being banned from US Network BET. It is believed one of the main reasons for the video's ban was also down to the repetition of the song's title.
From this picture alone, it's easy to see why the Mother Monster's collaborative song with Destiny's Child star Beyonce rustled some feathers. There is bad language, nudity and even poisoning. At one point one of the guards in the prison where Gaga is kept comments on the rumours of the singer's gender. There's even a foul-mouthed display from Bey who reminds us it's never a good idea to steal someone's honey.
Never ones to be shy of a colourful and striking outfit, the LMFAO boys brought a different kind of colour to the screens in the promo for their newest single. The 'wiggle' routine offers more thrusts than a turbine engine and there's also a cameo from adult film star Ron Jeremy.
Britney upset many when she released her debut single 'Baby One More Time'. Her adoption of the school uniform was deemed as inapropriate from some parent associations who disagreed with the flashing of the midriff on a sixteen-year-old. The outfit in the video has gone down as one of Spears' most iconic and is now imortalised in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.
The title alone lets you know that there was going to be some trouble caused from RiRi. The song features the lyrics "chains and whips excite me" and the strong sexual content caused it to be immediately banned in 11 countries. Rihanna hit back at the 'kinky' nature of the promo, comparing it to Umbrella where she was completely nude. It's certainly one of the Bajan star's most racy and memorable.
Christina Aguilera came back with her second studio album in 2002 and shocked fans with her change of image. Gone were the days of the innocent looking depiction of the star and she hit back with a highly provocative video for the lead single.
Swedish DJ Eric Prydz made sure people didn't forget the video to his single 'Call On Me' by recruiting an array of gorgeous girls to enjoy an aerobics class in tight leotards. The workout routine caused controvery for the sexually suggestive routines. The popularity of the video ended up in a full dance workout DVD being released.
Back in 2000, Eminem released the highly anticipated music video to 'Stan' which featured the graphic and tragic tale of an obsessed fan. The protagonist ends up comitting suicide with his girlfriend trapped in the boot of the car.
Britney hit the headlines last year for her music video to single 'Criminal'. The pop star was pictured holding replica guns on set whilst filming in the capital and Hackney London Borough Council hit out the star for appearing to promote gun violence. There's also steamy shower sequences and a robbery as the singer joins her fiance Jason Trawick in several scenes.
The heavily religious theme for the song and video caused outrage for it's portrayal of Gaga as Mary Magdalene and a motorcycle gang as the twelve apostles of Jesus. There is gun use, betrayal and ultimately - death. The video is also believed to have been influenced by Madonna's 'Like A Prayer', which faced similar criticism when it debuted.