LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Recording artist Kanye West performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/BMA2015/Getty Images for dcp)

Kanye West responds to Billboard censorship

By now, the whole world is probably well aware of Kanye West’s highly publicised performance at the Billboard Music Awards. The main issue that so many have been discussing is the fact that he was extremely censored, with the bleeps/mutes totalling more than a full minute of music. The thing is, it turns out it wasn’t even just the profanities that were censored on his renditions of new single All Day and Yeezus hit Black Skinhead (which, to be fair, are pretty damn explicit.) Lyrics that aren’t even vaguely indicative of anything offensive were inexplicably bleeped out, seriously tarnishing his performance.

Never one to shy away from giving his opinion, a representative of Kanye has now released the following statement in response to the event:

Kanye West was grossly over-censored at the Billboard Music Awards. Non-profane lyrics such as “with my leather black jeans on” were muted for over 30 second intervals. As a result, his voice and performance were seriously misrepresented.  

It is ridiculous that in 2015, unwarranted censorship is something that artists still have to fight against.  

Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologize to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned.

Update: the uncensored version of the clip has now been made available to the public, thanks to the folks over at Mashable who were at the event.

In other news, images have surfaced of Kanye being absolutely amazing. Photos have been released of ‘Ye in his black Lambourghini, picking up a meal at a McDonald’s drive-thru.

Well, why not, right?