MTV's not banning Kanye West's 'Monster' video
March 7th, 2011
06:20 PM ET

MTV's not banning Kanye West's 'Monster' video

The video for Kanye West's song "Monster" hasn't even been formally released and it's already courting controversy.

While there have been reports that MTV banned the video in light of complaints regarding its portrayal of women, the network says that hasn't happened.

In what appears to be an unfinished video for the song - which also features rappers Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj - West is seen lounging with the bodies of lifeless women and holding the bloody, decapitated head of a woman. The video has been making its rounds on the Web for a few months.

Melinda Tankard Reist and Sharon Haywood started a petition asking West's label not to release the video and MTV to not air it.

"I’m not interested at all in going after Kanye West for the sake of it," says a note on Tankard Reist's website. "That would be very boring. It specifically relates to the carnival of carnage he has created, the ‘rape scenario set to a soundtrack’, the idea that torture porn is sexy. We are targeting what he has created and the message it sends and the harm this causes."

However, MTV has clarified that the video has not been banned.

"MTV has not banned Kaye West's 'Monster' video," a spokesperson for MTV told CNN. "We have been in constant communication with the label regarding this matter. However, we are still awaiting the edits we requested in order for the video to be suitable for broadcast."

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  1. ZacAttack636

    First of all Kanye is washed up,2nd the only good things about his 'songs' are the other artist in his music

    August 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. La guayaba

    My bad i guess sum ppl doesnt know da meanig of nagger. So this goes out 2 matt "U need 2 take ur ass back to england!"

    August 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. La guayaba

    This goes out 2 all u stupid ppl that say stop using da "n" word. If u look again nobody used that word and if ur talking about the word nagger ur really stupid and need 2 go back 2 school! 4 all u stupid ppl nagger means- – nag, complain!

    August 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Liz

    I thought CNN has educated views but i guess not! smurf remember karma will get you ;/ keep up kanye , your fans love u

    March 11, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ted Abbott

    Man, the darkies are coming out of the woodwork on this one!

    March 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kanye

    Men and women lie, numbers don't! Hate on kanye all you want, he's one talented artist..there's worst music videos out there to be talkin about!

    March 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mad hater

    What's wrong with Slayer?

    March 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JessicaR lovin jigs

    I really want to grab his tiny package. Even though Kanye is rumored to have a 3" schlong, I still want him to bend me over and rock my world!! It is gonna be da bomb. If I get some Extenze for KW, maybe we can get up to 5 inches!! Dat would be sweet. We iz gonna fall in love!!!

    March 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hollyworld

    Boy Chooses to live as a dog!

    March 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tai + Kanye = fudgepack

    We iz gonna rock this town! Everytime I see his rock hard body, it makes me little dong rise up to 3.5"!! I cannot see my wang below my chubby belly, but I love to hook up with jig-a-s. They is big and I need a good stretchin!! Let's hook up Kanye!! I want your tiny package!!

    March 8, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. JessicaR

    omg some people are ridiculous! *kanye shrug* give a man credit when he deserves it. yea, he's messed up plenty of times but NOBODY can say he has not bounced back from it. well done kanye well done.

    March 8, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Derp and Kanye forever

    I am a butt pirate and I wanna hook up with Kanye!! He is my idol and we can do some serious pounding. I know he is truly gay at heart and his fruity behavior is a sign that we can become a couple!!

    March 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. This is DUMB

    Who cares.Garbage music besides Jay z.This really is dumb and if you like music because of the video and its popularity your a idiot. : )

    March 8, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jiggered

    When does MTV air these alleged videos?

    March 8, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Norm,Windham,Maine

    You mean they still show videos on MTV? Where? I haven't seen one in years.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  16. raisedonrock

    Rock n roll music was born out of black r&b and white hillbilly and rockabilly. Blacks did not make rock n roll first and neither did whites! But! Look at all the awesome music made by the two coming together. No one chooses their skin color-just their own reaction to those different–and I noticed both of the colors had ignorant and racist cap posted about the other only by a few morons. I for one choose to focus on living in peace with my good neighbors some black asian russian mexican etc. How does a forum on a specific video by a specific rapper becomeyfuel for vitriol and hatred? because those who made racist posts here from both sides are already full of it and always looking for a chance to stir things up with their rants–sort of like Ghaddafi and Amadinejab and those people belong in the same category–so see yourselves as something other than americans because you are in direct conflict with what my country stands for "all men are created equal(women too) if you can't dig that then you are in the wrong country.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  17. keldoran

    West is such an idiot!!
    He has so much ability and yet he just continues to make bad choices!


    March 8, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  18. kaylee

    I knew it!

    March 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  19. kaylee

    Sense lady gaga has been getting more crazy every artist fills they must do the same. THey all need to chill the hell out!

    March 8, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  20. amanda

    I'm so glad that people who lack true talent result to such levels of ....I'm not sure there's a good word for it. I agree lady gaga's videos are just as ridiculous. I think what we define as "entertainment" is including kanye or lady gag-me, I mean gaga.

    March 8, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  21. the ghost

    While I can admit that socity has surrendered its morals...a video or song has ppl pulling the race card and wishing death? WoW...and kanye is the problem?

    March 8, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  22. Kanye West

    "its a nice day for a White Weenee"

    I love me some little white boys.

    March 8, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  23. Fred

    Kanye videos is np different from movies that Is realeased on tv.

    March 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  24. musiclover

    "Dark twisted fantasy" was time magazine and rolling stone magazine album of the year...

    March 8, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. shocked

    What?! MTV plays music videos?!?!

    March 8, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  26. america

    Kanye needs his jaw wired shut again. then maybe he would stfu! sick of hearing the feces that he calls music on my radio.

    March 8, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts

      You don't run the radio stations. If you don't like him, don't listen to him, plain and simple. No one asked you to sit through one of his songs. You should have around six buttons on your car radio representing six different stored radio stations... use it.

      March 8, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  27. Ole Grandad

    I think Kanye is kinda cute. I would love to bend him over and phuck him in that NGGER-ASS!

    March 8, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  28. Doo Doo El Monstro

    I would love to take a huge DOO DOO into Kanyes mouth then beat the living hell out of him.

    March 8, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  29. Treva

    of course they won't, the controversy is great tv. They will keep him on for the same reason they kept supporting Britney when she was shaving her head and showing people her crotch. because it makes good tv, prmotes the station and therby makes them money. its as simple as that.
    Yes, kanye is a jerk. But he hasn't laid hands on anyone. get over it. Taylor has been doing just fine

    March 8, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  30. Grim Reaper

    Come Kanye...I await thee you nGGER.

    March 8, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  31. life@large

    Kanye is male version of "attention-seeking artist" Lady GaGa. While he's desperate to show how bitter he is over lost lovers, he is instead losing the fans that he's had for so long. I used to relate-now Kanye has lost me too.

    March 8, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  32. Dr. B

    Just want to say after careful diagnoses, I must report that about 90% of the commenters here are certifiable mentally retarded. What sane person would write this last comment?

    March 8, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  33. Jam

    Kanye west is a gay fish didnt you know?

    March 8, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  34. ? my love

    @ Smurf. You are a sad person. Just sad and stupid.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  35. ? my love

    Kanye is one of the grearappers period. Some of you should actually listen to his music and u would see he is more than a one hit wonder.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  36. Kr3w

    Kanye west likes fish sticks.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  37. Billybob

    They should just rename MTV to NTV. They are about that ignorant these days.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  38. Wicked Games

    @smurf that's not nice wishing someone to die in a plane crash. You shouldn't wish death on anyone..just saying.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • genie 4

      I know a lot of people who dnt care 4 kanye but d@m wishing death because u dnt like his music that's a lil bit out there he hasn't done that much damage 2 anyone 2 b called the n word or wished death upon ur very right wicked game..

      March 8, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  39. mad hater

    This fool be a crab rapper, he's rapping like crabs

    March 8, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  40. Lace


    March 8, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  41. Matt

    I like fishsticks!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  42. bamidele

    @openurdameyes,i sincerly agree with you dat majority of this artist belongs to a cult.They hide behind music to consciously propagate thier message,d only out is 4 consumer 2 demand quality stuff frm them.if i must add i dislike lady GAGA,i believ she is possesed.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • UFC iTard

      Yeah, they all belong to a cult, it's called Capitalism. Sounds like you belong to a cult too, the Westboro Baptist Church.

      March 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |

    Everyone on here needs to address the real issue. a lot of you need to do your homework. All these a list rap & pop artists do indeed take part in satanic cults and beliefs. With the latest albums and videos alike they are pushing and making their agenda more and more apparent. They love and feed off of all the brainwashed people who obsess over the music even tho you have no idea who or what they are rapping or singing about... research what I'm talking about before arguing over dumb things... and please don't tell me for one second that what I'm saying is absurd because you don't even know half of the story...

    March 8, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  44. D

    I don't think he's racist, but he's just an all around immature jerk.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  45. Smurf

    The only good song he had out was Jesus walks. He really needs to die in a plan crash! If I were his mother I'd come outa the grave to whip his ass. Of course MY son wouldn't be RACIST! GO AWAY KANYE!

    March 8, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  46. Partsixx

    Pretty racist comments here. CNN, where's your moderator?

    March 8, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  47. Natalie

    Lolz....still waiting for the edited version to review for broadcast...because it can't be any longer than the average commercial or else it will cut into jersey shore and skins reruns! Who cares about the nature of the content, the time slot will be so ridiculous and back-burner that no one will notice...they'll youtube it just like every other new music video. It took the death of michael jackson for mtv to air music videos during daytime television hours.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      What's the world coming to? MTV circa 1980s was great. Jackson, Prince, Duran Duran, real stories. Used to wait for the top 20 video countdown and Saturday night concerts. If "video killed the radio star", then what killed video? Answer: exhibitionism and poor taste coupled with MTV whoring itself out to the bidder who would pay the most ad money for our A.D.D selves. Guess what we brought this filth on ourselves by allowing MTV to exploit us. Kanye is hence a product of his environment, battling other artists for face time. I mean really.... SKINS???? think about it.

      March 8, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  48. d

    Kanye is one of my favorite artists, kid cudi and eminem are still above him but still, Kanye is talented, the only reason people hate him is because of bad publicity on him. People are hating on his video but still watch lady gagas horrible tormented videos that will put anyone in shock

    March 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  49. Juicy

    I really believe there is no real racist on this blog and I rather call the people who have been using the n word etc,a attention seeker and a sad empty human being may mercy find your soul.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  50. rodriquez

    Kanye and Lady Ga Ga always trying to be (stupid) different just to make headline

    March 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  51. lbj

    Actually Elvis did use a lot songs written and originally performed by black artists, he even admitted it, but that's besides the point, I see a lot of legitimate hate on here, and its sad really, because "black people keep screaming racism" is a tired excuse, especially since you only have the b@lls to say it when no one can see you. Its pathetic and cowardly. That's the one thing I'll give Kanye West credit for, he'll say what he thinks, even if it's bad, in public. He's not hiding, so why don't some of you big talkers do the same, say through youtube? I wouldn't like you, but at least I'd respect you.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      I agree with the fact that he express his music that was inspired by many black artists-I was disagreeing with the fact that it was the 'rock' part of his music. It was actually the blues that he used that was from other artists...
      R.I.P. Elvis! always will be a fan!

      March 8, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  52. Terry SMITH

    We live in the midst of the worst music ever recorde era..KANYE is a copy cat and he is nothing but a Wannabe. He s tried To be slick and Smooth but he ruined that when he but off Taylor Swift at the Awards Show.. Now Everybody sees him for what he Really is..A COMPLETe IDIOT..

    March 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  53. D!

    If that video is considered "art", then murderers and rapists must be Picasso. Excuse me while I vomit. #Fail

    March 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  54. JD

    Kanye is talented, though after his first two albums he has put out what is in my opinion material which does not live up to his talent.

    As far as the video it should be banned. Those who argue it shouldn't be because other artists release videos portraying such negative imagery have it all wrong. Those other videos should not be played either. That's just my opinion. Now, I'm against censorship, especially when art is being censored. But the fact is many young people should not be viewing certain things, and making those things so easily accessible is wrong.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      I viewed the video – it is completely inappropriate. You are so right JD.

      Seriously, look at the angry, negative, frightening, disordered crap that is put out for kids to see. Doesn't anyone care anymore? Where are the standards?

      March 8, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  55. Dino

    P Diddy wanna-be. Somebody needs to backhand those oversized shades off his head.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  56. D

    Elvis stole rock? LMAO you're dumb.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Kevin

    First of all, you idiots should really stop having bathroom breaks getting off on Hitler and do your homework. Kanye West is using a style that hip hop started YEARS AGO. As a universal music fan, I can appreciate his talent. As much as I can appreciate Linkin Park's talent. As for the ignorant racist comments: african american's helped create rock music. Elvis just stole it! In fact, African Americans have been a main source for music for years.Uh, Jimi Hendrix? And for all the stupid, cowardly comments played by some of you? IF ALL RACES WENT BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT WOULD BE HERE WOULD BE NATIVE AMERICANS DUH! YOUR PRESIDENT IS BLACK!! GET OVER IT!!! (THAT'S WHAT MOST WHITES SAY ABOUT SLAVERY....IRONIC)

    March 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Elizabeth

    I love yezzy

    March 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  59. hiphopfan


    March 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  60. AdamX42

    Honestly you people who say anything about Kanye West being talent less don't know music because Kanye West made his money first off of making other people's songs. Along with that he is a lyrical genius who actually has music videos that actually make you think. You may not like what he says or what he does but he is one of if not the best in the game right now. O and on the white girl thing are you kidding me? That's ignorant!

    March 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Metal Rules

    @Raul....Best post of the day.
    Agree 100%.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Wilder

    Stupid music for stupid people.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Raul

    Yet, MTV wouldn't air metal videos during the day back in the 80's-early 90's, regardless of the video context or popularity of the band. But hey, gotta let black people have their own way or else they'll scream racism, as well as their little white puppet fans who will scream the same.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Kanye West


    March 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Dugog

    Kanye West doesn't care about white people!
    Or black people. Or anyone whose name isn't Kanye West.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  66. fat albert

    Kayne is a racist. ....and now he is also demented.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  67. D

    Yeah, Amanda, just bring up race because that's what it's about. Stop being a racist hypocrite and grow up.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  68. monty

    Kanye is good on a song or two but like a lot of rappers, not strong enough for a whole album. As for the white girl thing, don't ya think thats bit of a stretch?

    March 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny5

      Not strong enough for a whole album?? Really?? Check "College Drop Out" "Late Registration" and "Graduation" and say that again. Whether you don't like the genre or don't know what you're talkin about, those are ranked in the top 10 hip hop albums of the previous decade by every reputable musical review or periodical. Not to mention they are all many times platinum.

      March 8, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  69. Kal

    His talent is undeniable. As for the video, I agree, if Lady Gaga gets play why should his video get banned. Her videos are quite disturbing at times.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  70. amanda

    I agree as to why ppl want to ban this video. However, they only want it banned due to West's negative portrayal of white women. If black women were being potrayed this way, these same ppl wouldn't care one iota. Oh, and West IS talentless. He can't rap for s@#t and his songs are ignorant and meritless. I have been saying this for yrs now.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • grcoop

      You have a right to your opinion amanda, and we all know opinions are Hopefully not over your obviously highly intelligent head.

      March 9, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  71. tommy

    The video is nothing to fuss about. Lady Gaga puts outs more shocking videos.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Jade

    @ Katie:
    Hopefully very soon

    March 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Katie

    Kanye sucks the big one. When will he just GO AWAY?!

    March 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      u suck. If you saw Kanye you would fall instantly on your back and do exactly that.

      March 8, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  74. ev

    Vern knows the deal! Well said.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. D

    I'm not a fan of Kanye, but I don't think they should ban his video video, I mean, has anyone seen lady gaga's videos? She poisons people in Telephone and Bad Romance is where she ends the video with her burned to death lover in her that's disturbing...

    March 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • genie 4

      U r very right about that I do like his music because he is very different but come on now the man does have talent he stands in his own personal spot light that's what makes him very differnt from other artist..u notice I said artist no artist should b the same.

      March 8, 2011 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  76. vern

    It takes talent to cheat, but ignorance to let sum1 cheat u. So keep ripp'n other ppls music, cant w8 2 hear ur nx platinum album

    March 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  77. lostmittenregistry

    Since when does MTV play videos anymore??

    March 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  78. ev

    You may not like the guy because of the moronic things he's done, but I think you're way off on his talent. Like it or not, he's still one of the most talented artists out there.

    March 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobbull

      You got to be Joking ev.
      right????? he a joke.

      March 8, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      I never thought of Kanye and talent in the same article. He is a Jay Z monotone drone. I don't think any video should be banned. They should carry the proper warnings so parents can make informed choices as to what they allow their kids to watch.

      March 8, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • MJ

      Surely you jest. I give him credit for producing (Common's "Be" was a masterpiece). But when it comes to rapping, he has the laziest, predictable, most elementary flow I've ever heard. The sad part is he's talked himself up so much that everyone believes he's as great as he thinks he is.

      He's not alone though. Hip-hop today has become nothing more than a minstrel show and an embarassment to the founders.

      March 8, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  79. ProperVillain light of no perceivable talent Kanye has finally resorted to shock value.

    Took him long enough, he's had no talent the whole time he's been ripping off other peoples music and overlaying lyrics, I mean, recording his albums...

    March 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      No talent? Are you kidding? Look, ProperVillain, you don't have to like Kanye as a person. Personally, I find him to be quite the d****ebag. But as an artist, he deserves respect. On this last album, he managed to accomplish something that no other rapper has in the past. "Monster" happens to be one of the best hip-hop records released in a long time, and as far as the music video, this isn't the first time he's gone for "shock value" ("Flashing Lights", "Jesus Walks"). It's just who he is as an artist.

      March 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • CoolguyMcSly

      It's common knowledge that Jesus Walks was ghostwritten.

      March 8, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "On this last album, he managed to accomplish something that no other rapper has in the past."

      Kind of like being the smartest retard. Rap blows and takes almost no talent. Kanye falls directly within those parameters.

      March 8, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerty

      derp is probably some hillbilly from the south who enjoys slayer

      March 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Semi retired former Jazz musician and businessman from Philadelphia.

      And rap still sucks

      March 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Courtney

    Good y should they

    March 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      MTV still has music videos? Who knew?

      March 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark G

      MTV is a endless parade of human debris. These people that call themselves artists hide behind the word "art". This shows the moral decay of our society in every sense of the word. MTV is a breeding ground for decay, and promotes garbage. Back in the day they actually played music videos.

      March 8, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • memememememememememememememememememememe

      listen hear ms Courtney what ever ur name is baby they should banned that video baby they should and u are still on his side for what he did to Taylor swift even if she didn't deserve that award so have a little respect for some people and now i rest my freaking case baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 18, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |

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