There are many reasons for some music videos to be banned or criticized because of specific causes, but sometimes the reasons are just so unexpected and random.
“Criminal” – Britney Spears
“Criminal” is a product from Britney Spears‘s hit album “Femme Fatale (2011)”. In the song, Spears sings about an outlaw love and pleads with her mother not to worry about their relationship.
The song’s music video was criticized for a shooting scene in London, after the area was hit hard in 2011 by a major riot.
“Animals” – Maroon 5
“Animals” is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on August 25, 2014 as the second single on the band’s fifth studio album (2014).
“Animals” is one of the music videos that was strongly criticized at that time when there were many bloody scenes. On the other hand, the character in the MV contributes to the romanticization of women stalkers.
“What Do You Mean” – Justin Bieber
“What Do You Mean?” is a song in Justin Bieber‘s fourth album titled Purpose (2015). This piece is about a guy who is trying to find a relationship but fails.
Lena Dunham – famous American actor, screenwriter and director once criticized the song with controversial lyrics: “What do you mean? Oh, oh. When you nod your head yes. But you wanna say no”. Lena argued that why a woman should agree with a man when she doesn’t want to.
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“Shake It Off” is a song by American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift, included in her fifth studio album, 1989.
The music video is directed by Mark Romanek, with many scenes that Swift dances with professional dancers and her fans on Instagram and Twitter. Despite being a very careful artist, Taylor Swift is accused of racism when using black culture as a tool in the MV.
“WAP” – Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion
Recently, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” quickly become popular in the music media. The product ranked at No.1 on Billboard Hot 100 this week. However, this is a controversial MV.
Specifically, the audience boycotted the MV because … Kylie Jenner participated in the music video. The public thinks that Kylie is an incompetent figure. Besides, although the animals in the “WAP” are fake, the MV also makes many people think that it advocates the abuse of wild animals.