AT&T Censors Pearl Jam

eddie vedder

Wasn’t sure it was possible for AT&T to get knocked around more, or make itself appear even worse, since the release of the iPhone and the never ending complaints about its unreliable and painfully slow wireless service–but they’ve proven me wrong.

Pearl Jam is alleging that AT&T censored their performance at Lollapalooza Sunday night:

During the performance of “Daughter” the following lyrics were sung to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” but were cut from the webcast:

“George Bush, leave this world alone.” (the second time it was sung); and

– “George Bush find yourself another home.”

This, of course, troubles us as artists but also as citizens concerned with the issue of censorship and the increasingly consolidated control of the media.

AT&T’s actions strike at the heart of the public’s concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media.

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