MTV Denies Banning Gaga Vid
Fox, CNN report 'too provocative' ban
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2010 4:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Is MTV growing chicken in its old age, or was it all a big misunderstanding? Fox News and CNN reported that the steamy new Lady Gaga-Beyoncé music video (watch here) for Telephone was too hot to handle for MTV, which reportedly pulled it Saturday. But MTV officials immediately denied the reports, with one tweeting: "The reports are false... the video's been airing."

Maybe MTV just had a commercial change of heart after the 9-minute video grabbed more than 12 million views on YouTube. Critics have gone wild for the salacious steamer featuring Gaga in everything from skimpy evidence tape to retro glam rags grinding it out with prison babes and Beyoncé in a Quentin Tarantino-esque prison cooker spiced with masochism and murder (and rampant product placement, see: Miracle Whip). For more on how the video squashes those pesky mixed-gender rumors about Gaga, click here.