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Nutter: Some July 4th artists cursed; others didn't but TV made it look like they did

It seems Jimmy Kimmel's "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship" bit has become reality on his own network, ABC.

Nutter: Some July 4th artists cursed; others didn't but TV made it look like they did

Mayor Nutter said rapper Nicki Minaj and host Marlon Wayans, used inappropriate language during the Wawa Welcome America Jam on the Parkway. However, he noted others, like the Roots and Ed Sheeran, edited their songs to avoid foul language but were bleeped out anyway during the live broadcast by 6ABC
Mayor Nutter said rapper Nicki Minaj and host Marlon Wayans, used inappropriate language during the Wawa Welcome America Jam on the Parkway. However, he noted others, like the Roots and Ed Sheeran, edited their songs to avoid foul language but were bleeped out anyway during the live broadcast by 6ABC Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer

It seems Jimmy Kimmel's "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship" bit has become reality on his own network, ABC.

Mayor Nutter today released the findings of his analysis of the controversial language used by some artists at the Wawa Welcome America concert on the 4th of July, a family-friendly event broadcast on live TV. 

Rapper Nicki Minaj and host Marlon Wayans, he said, used inappropriate language, and Nutter apologized to viewers and concertgoers who were offended. However, others, like the Roots and Ed Sheeran, edited their songs to avoid foul language but were bleeped out anyway during the live broadcast by 6ABC, creating the appearance that they were cursing.

Nutter said unexpected potty mouth early in the event may have made the TV station trigger-happy with the censor button, which cut out not just the audio but also the video, blacking out the screen momentarily. 

He said Minaj's four expletives all occurred in the same song. Aloe Blacc and Jennifer Hudson did not use offensive language, he said. Vicki Martinez' cursing was limited to one word said twice within a five-second span. 

Nutter didn't go into details on Wayans, a comedian who "clearly used inappropriate language on the stage."

As for dealing with the artists who violated "network broadcast standards," Nutter said the city would look at its options but was primarily concerned with making sure this doesn't happen in the future.

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