May 21st, 2010
04:52 PM ET

Fans upset by BET ban of Ciara's music video

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Have you seen the video for Ciara’s new single “Ride” on BET?

Actually, no one has.

The R&B singer responded to HipHollywood.com about rumors the music video channel had banned the video because it’s too racy.

In it, the athletic songstress appears scantily clad and gyrating while singing lyrics such as “They love the way I ride it.” The video also features the rapper Ludacris.

Ciara confirmed to HipHollywood.com that BET is not showing her video, and offered a solution.

“If there’s a way to edit a version for [BET] I would definitely do it,” she said. “My fans have actually given me a lot of support.”

Fans have gone so far as to launch a “twitition” calling for BET to reverse the ban on the video.

“We have been recently notified that Ciara's new Music Video "Ride" is not being showed on B.E.T because it's too sexual,” says a statement on the fan site Forever Ciara. (Spelling and punctuation are as they appear in the post.) “Note that they play Trey Songz "Invented Sex" [where he is having sex with a woman in the video] Trey Songz "Neighbors Know My Name" [Having sex DIFFERENT woman].”

“I think that B.E.T is over analyzing this or is just being disrespectful to Ciara,” the statement continues. “MTV and VH1 is playing "Ride" and so are other stations. What are you B.E.T going to do about this because as a fan and Representative of Ciara you are being UNFAIR!”

Fans are then directed to the Twitter page petition.

BET reportedly earlier banned a video by artist Teairra Mari for being too provocative. In the past, the channel has also been criticized for the sexual nature of some rap videos.

The network did not respond to requests from CNN for comment.


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    Fans upset by bet ban of ciaras music video.. Huh, really? :)

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  10. Kort

    BET is dum for banning her video . Ciara worked hard and her video is great . BET you are lame. and Ciara dont worry about it they just hatin on you . They know go and well that they played nasty videos and shouldn't have ban your from there show. Ciara you rule and BET your not cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Giffy

    ciara,i love you

    July 7, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. jt

    it's funny reading these comments about BET...

    "Mann Ciara you do you BET and nothing but some double standard network thats owned by some white folks hatin on ya girl, kepp feeding the streets we going to hold you down..."

    "i think they were not wrong for banning ciaras video dat video is so triflan and for dat ciara seems like a hoe........ come on now 'he likes the way i ride it' what he like you riding.......... NUN BUT A HOE"

    it's a sterotyper's paradise lol

    May 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Christopher

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! THIS WAS WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAY OVER THE TOP! !!I AGREE, BET SHOULDA BANNED IT!!! COME ON, PEOPLE!!! WHATEVER HAPPENED TO "LIMITS"?????

    May 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  16. tnt in kc

    Now BET wants to ban obscene videos!!!!!

    I am glad they are finally taking a stand against videos that are not fit for children. However, I don't believe that Ciara's video is the ONLY video that should be banned. If you are going to ban A video, then you certainly need to take a look at the playlist and ban ALL videos accordingly.

    May 24, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  17. Torria

    Ok, just watched this video. Ciara has danced like this since day 1!! Besides, this video is no worse than Beyonce's videos!

    May 24, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  18. Grim

    What the hell is BET?

    May 24, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  19. Joy

    Kudos to BET for not airiing the video. Nothing quality on BET anyway. As an educated Black 30 yr old female i find the programming offensive.

    May 24, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  20. Ganean Gordon

    No one watches BET for videos anymore. I watch VH1 Soul or MTV2. They show better video choices.

    May 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. LilGTO

    I can't believe how the people who post to a BET story are so illiterate. Its very telling of the audience. All there is to be said is that if BET won't play it then there must be something wrong with it. Certainly a network that actually lets Michael Vick have a show has the lowest moral standards in the US.

    May 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Lisa

    Ok, I am mostly appalled by the awful GRAMMAR quoted word for word from her site and now appearing on CNN.com. What an embarrassment.

    May 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  23. mz boss

    i think they were not wrong for banning ciaras video dat video is so triflan and for dat ciara seems like a hoe........ come on now 'he likes the way i ride it' what he like you riding.......... NUN BUT A HOE

    May 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Head Diva In Charge

    Ummm, I have seen the stuff they allow on BET (or even MTV for that matter), this doesn't sound like it's to scary.

    May 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. patric knox

    BET IS A JOKE! CANT WAIT TILL TV ONE COMES AND KNOCK'S THERE ASS RIGHT OUT! CATHY HUGHES HURRY UP... WE NEED YOU.

    May 23, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  26. shaunda

    BET, you have a nerve after all the other crap you put on your show and you ban CiCi. Where was your morality when you allowed BET after dark. What about that what it look like video, thats on the 106 countdown. Get a grip BET just cause the former owner sellout has started flapping her gums about how its embarrassing to watch. Play the video stop keeping a sister down.

    May 23, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  27. dred

    i haven't seen the video yet...
    before making any video, consider the consequence and the outcome of it, many people will watch it, including young kids...
    parents can't always watch what their kids are doing, lets all be responsible...
    peace...:)

    May 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Lisa

    I didn't think BET banned anything - I have flipped through channels and landed on BET and was mortified by what I saw. The video must be extremely bad if they are not showing it!

    May 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Odalice Feliz

    She has such a sweet voice like an angel.....

    May 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Arglebargle

    Yawn. zzzzZZZZZZ.

    May 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Chris

    If there were more real musicians, this wouldn't have happened.

    May 22, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  32. Joey

    I just saw the video. I can't see what all the fuss is about.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  33. Woah

    They're a really contradicting network. Her video should not have been "banned'.
    smh.

    May 22, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  34. MTV

    BET IS WHACK..SMH THEY HAD TO USE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE FOR RATINGS LAST YEAR AT BET AWARDS IT WAS A COMPLETE UTTER MESS

    May 22, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  35. HOTNESS

    Doesn't BET stand for BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION?

    And isn't Ciara a BLACK ENTERTAINER,here to ENTERTAIN?

    BET really needs to GET IT TOGETHER.

    All the other stations seem to have NO problem playing it,so I don't see the big deal.

    That whole station is falling apart.SMH.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Bianchiwawa

    FORGET BET. LET'S GO FOR MTV AND VH1!!!!!! =))))

    (later they will just regret their ratings lmao)

    May 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  37. breezy

    smh BET...

    May 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  38. John

    BET in general is dumb....where is the WET?

    May 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  39. cherie

    I LOVE CIARA AND BET IS TOTALLY WRONG FOR BANNING THE "RIDE" MUSIC VIDEO! ITS IS THE HOTTEST VIDEO OUT NOW AND CIARA SHOWCASES HER GIFT OF DANCING IN THE VIDEO THAT ALREADY OVER 4 MILLION+ PEOPLE ON VEVO HAVE WATCHED AND ENJOYED EVERY SECOND IF BET CHOOSES NOT TO PLAY IT THEN IT IS BET'S LOSS!

    May 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. tvmarie

    BET is TRASH!!! Why are they trying to take the moral high ground now?!? The problem is artists like Ciara, and others are why some people tune into BET and others tune into TV ONE. Too late, BET...you should have taken a stand against your garbage programming YEARS AGO!

    May 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  41. tocuteforya12

    Mann Ciara you do you BET and nothing but some double standard network thats owned by some white folks hatin on ya girl, kepp feeding the streets we going to hold you down...

    May 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  42. dumb

    CIARA go head with ya badd self.... BET needs to let your perform on the awards .... LET em no how you get down

    May 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. TOCOOL

    This is awsome Ciara is too GOOOD, its crazy how this network is holding up double standards when they have shows such as "BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL" to embrace black women but want play a BLACK WOMENS MUSIC.. Then again you let men display girls butt, with a ting down the middle, or men saying how they get this and that ho...

    May 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. 6c

    ^^^ you're probably the stunt double for precious...now go rent a life since you're broke and can't afford one!

    May 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Samet

    Bet is lame

    May 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Dat_Boi_Get_Em

    BET are u 4real? lol. wow... so BIAS

    May 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  47. BET DOESNT USE HE-ERROR THE FLOP TRANNY

    WHY B MAD HE-ERROR STANS THE TRANNY RIDE IS NOW CLOSE AND BET DOESNT USE HER!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Meka

    What!!!!!!!!!!! Is Bet serious?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Brielle

    BET is so bias it's unfunny.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jade

    the video isnt anything worse than some of the material BET has played in the past or currently. I think this is about Ciara being a female. If it was Trey songz or Chris brown, there would be no problem

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  51. 6c

    BET is a joke. Ever since the new owner took over it's been nothing but a mess; Debra Lee go kick rocks with your pork belly looking neck! thanks.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Lamar

    Thats Right Them MOFO's! They Can Damn Play Any Other Music Video But Can't Play Cisus! BET=FLOP!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Boof

    Why are they upset? They have "The Bieb". What more could they ask for.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |

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