Wednesday Question: Most Controversial Music Video?

What music video would give your Nan a heart attack? Post your nominations here for a chance to appear in our top 10 list this Friday.

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Music has caused plenty of controversy in its time, but not just for offensive lyrics and racy stage antics. No, the music video has been the source of as much distaste and shock as any other musical medium - and today we want to identify the main offenders.

This week's Wednesday question is:

What is the most controversial music video of all time?

This could go in any direction, and we're interested to see what voters go for. You might nominate some outrageously sick metal videos, or you might be more culturally savvy and find the next hidden Rebecca Black "Friday" wannabe on YouTube.

If you're really smart, you might be able to dig out videos that were genuinely political and caused ripples out in the real world because they were so powerful.

One request - if you're going to post something really unpleasant, please add a "NSFW" (Not Suitable for Work) label so people don't accidentally view a nomination that might get them fired!

Whatever you nominate, just post one song per comment and upvote others that you agree with. We'll be posting the results in an outrageous top 10 on Friday, where your nomination might appear. Good luck!

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    Not sure if too controversial... but sure enough, it caused ripples out in the real world.
    "Sleep Now in the Fire" by Rage Against the Machine. They filmed it on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange, forced the NYSE to close for the day because of it, and almost got arrested. Edgy.
    Completely agree, here is the video with parts of the Stock Exchange, they were forced to stop towards the end.
    Ladies and gentlemen, clear the way for Cattle Decapitation's "Forced Gender Resassignment". Very, VERY, VERY NSFW.
    So very tempted to click the link... but I fear I'd be scarred for life after watching that.
    I watched it once, because I wanted to know what all the hype was about. Keyword: ONCE. Never Again.
    The warning clearly states: "It is to be viewed as entertainment only." Sorry, but for some reason this statement doesn't make a lot of sense to me after watching the video...
    Honestly, I was more shocked by the Cephalic Carnage video from earlier when it came out, but judging from how all the comments on that video were about this one for a while, I think I'm in the minority.
    I was waiting for someone to post this. Just as a hint for those who haven't seen it; pretty much all of these videos are on youtube, Forced Gender Reassignment cannot be uploaded due to it's content. That definitely counts for something.
    After YouTube blocked it, they tried uploading it to Vimeo, and then it was pulled from Vimeo. Nothing gets pulled from Vimeo. Bloody Disgusting was the only site that was willing to host it. I'd say that makes it controversial.
    This video really isn't THAT bad, especially if you're used to watching gore/terror films. But still, it's really bloody and controversial.
    The video actually matches the song, both are horrible. That's some sort of accomplishment I guess.
    Hmm, maybe obvious, but in the '90s it was maybe one of the most controversial videos (especially uncut version, which was banned from all TV channels): The Prodigy - "Smack My Bitch Up"
    Defo Smack my beitch up! Was about too post the same thing but don't need too. The ending is GENIUS.
    It reminds me of Relax by Frankie goes to hollywood. It was not filmed the same way, but had many fetishes and weird stuff
    The original Pearl Jam music video of Jeremy. This video shows the part that was cut out.
    Maybe isn't the most controvertial by it's contect, but was controvertial by the time it came out, just after columbine sorry for my bad writting
    this came out in like 92 columbine happened in 99, it's just controversial because the unedited version shows the kid stick the gun in his mouth.
    Madonna - Like A Prayer She did loose her Pepsi contract, and here in the south people still hate her over it.
    i think people all around the world hate her, but not because of this video
    Darth Wader
    Nine Inch Nails: Closer...though it's a great song/video haha
    Here's the director's cut:
    There's a bob Dylan song that has an abusive couple trying to kill each other. Can't remember the name of the song. Here it is. Seriously. Watch it.
    To busy watching your boobs
    Just got into these guys a few months ago, one of my fave bands already...I was gonna submit this video, but beat me to it. This got banned from MTV cous it was controversial.
    Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden Great song...and wasn't this a controversial video... deserves to be on any great list...
    Dir En Grey - Obscure
    I already want to post it
    i looked through the whole thing but i couldn't find one mention. if you have the stomach hen search up Cattle Decapitation's "Forced Gender Reassignment." NSFW!!! No seriously. Only watch it if your cool with death metal, torture, blood, more blood and of course 'forced gender reassignment.' Only For the Brave!!
    I'm with you. It made a list on here before, but I don't think it is undeserving of a second shot. It is both grotesque and very controversial. My vote goes to Cattle Decapitation - Forced Gender Reassignment as well. Look up the video via google. Youtube is too censor heavy.
    Perhaps this video is quite tough, but this clip makes sense (partly expressed in the quote at the beginning) Cephalic Carnage - "Ohrwurm"
    But is this video really controversial? It is extremely graphic and ****ed up, but I feel like it hasn't been seen by anyone who gives a shit. I feel like that applies to a good half or more of the videos posted on this thread. Content with the potential to cause controversy =/= Controvertial
    I agree entirely - the word controversial seems to have been replaced by the words gory/disturbing. Most of these nominations don't really fit...
    NSFW Just sticking to the rules NSFW I think this is getting downvoted because it is so controversial
    Nothing Else Matters is has a funny controversy - a single photo of a naked woman is blinking and MTV had air the video late at night...
    Cattle decapitation - Forced gender reassignment, wonder why that's not here already, it presents scenes of torturing so know it's extremely NSFW .. You can't find it on youtube.
    I wonder how you missed the hundred comments that have it linked or mentioned.
    Super Cracker
    Cattle Decapitations music video for "Forced Sexual Reassignment" is pretty nuts, youtube or vimeo won't host it so you'll have to google it.
    You can find it on Vimeo. I posted a link above. I embedded it, but every time I refreshed the page it disappeared even though I could play it here fine until then. And it's "Gender" not "Sexual", just so people don't have a harder time finding it.
    Paranoid Android - IMHO I don't think it's peticularly controversial (It's after all just a cartoon), but MTV initially banned, then censored it because ooooof... -drumroll- Mermaid breasts! And only that! The creepy guy doing a bellydance with a head where his belly should be was apperantly not a big deal, and neither was the fat buisnessman who butchered himself into small pieces, but mermaid boobs was apperantly so distastefull, that they didn't want to air it at all to begin with...
    Yeah i remember the first time it aired on MTV.Was strange parts were blurred out and in my opinion the song was soo different to anything else they had done by that point.Still blew my mind all the same.
    "Epic" by Faith No More. That flopping fish caused WAY more controversy than most of the gore and sex filled videos being posted here.