Jared Leto‘s band 30 Seconds To Mars released a 13-minute music video for the song “Hurricane” on Tuesday (Nov. 30), and the short film is already garnering plenty of attention.
Though MTV is airing the bondage-heavy piece online, it has been banned from television airwaves unless the band agrees to trim a few overtly sexual scenes. And, curiously enough, lead singer Leto isn’t entirely opposed to making the changes.
“At another time I would say ‘Absolutely not.’ I would refuse 1,000 percent to change what I felt was important,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “But with this film, I’m not so sure I would cut off the nose to spite its face, so to speak. … There are creative solutions to every problem.”
Leto describes the “Hurricane” video as “a meditation on the violence of sex, and the sex of violence,” and let’s just say we have a feeling that the frequent “CENSORED” bars showing up in the piece are more for the sex than the violence.
It gets better — the version banned by MTV is in fact a watered-down version of the original video, according to Leto.
“I had always planned on having an explicit version and then a version that was not so explicit,” he says. “The version that we were trying to get on broadcast is not the explicit version, and that’s still having a really difficult time.
“We always knew there would be some images that would have a tough time getting through,” he continues. “But we didn’t expect this type of pushback that we’re getting now.”
We kind of agree, actually. Aside from a few quick flashes, the “Hurricane” video is visually interesting and we’re sure the meaning behind it all could be debated for hours.
Leto posted “one out of several” letters from a network compliance executive about the dicey parts of the video on his blog. There are at least 20 possible restrictions, most of which would preclude airing the video before 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. One scene, however — of a woman running her finger along another woman’s underwear — wouldn’t make the cut at any time of day.
We’re not saying that “Hurricane” should be shown on the Disney Channel anytime soon, but the fact that “Jersey Shore” and shows about pregnant teenagers run all day long on MTV makes us question what’s so taboo about (for argument’s sake) art?
Apparently that’s what has Leto scratching his head as well.
“I just think it’s interesting that when you turn on the news or whatever else catches your interest, how much violence and negativity is available out there,” he tells EW. “As soon as it comes time for sexuality, it’s a big shock that people are sexual beings. It’s an interesting double standard to me.”
You can see the “Hurricane” video for yourself at the band’s website.