AT&T Cuts Anti-Bush Lyrics From Pearl Jam Webcast
Pearl Jam's recent cybercast of Sunday's Lollapalooza concert was censored by AT&T to cut out certain lyrics that were seen as Anti-Bush. The news has caused fans of Pearl Jam and free speech to grow quite pissed off as they look for answers.
While the band was performing "Daughter," they drifted into part of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," at which time Eddie Vedder sang, "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home." Those lyrics were mysteriously missing from the broadcast.
In a statement, AT&T claims the bleeping was "a mistake by a Webcast vendor" that was "contrary to our policy. We have policies in place with respect to editing excessive profanity, but AT&T does not censor performances. We very much regret that this happened in the first place."
AT&T also says they are "working with the band to post the song in its entirety."
The AT&T censorship caused a major stir as hundreds of posts began to appear in the band's chat rooms and even generated a response from the Future of Music Coalition.
"This event shows that companies like AT&T will risk the appearance of censorship by turning off the sound on a webcast that's being viewed by thousands of people, just because it works counter to their financial interests," says FOMC head Jenny Toomey. "What do you think they will do to protect their financial interests on the web when no one is looking?"