The Hot Grits "Headlights" Music Video - Banned by TVNZ

  • Ben McNicoll,

    This music video from Auckland band The Hot Grits has been banned by TVNZ for "inappropriate content".

    The video was shot by local production house The Downlow Concept, whose intention was to “demonstrate the child-like greed with which adults conduct themselves whilst on the road to excess”.

    The TVNZ censor felt that images of children drinking milk from shot glasses and a funnel, and their general behaviour, were inappropriate.

    Polical correctness gone mad in an election year?

    NZ Herald Story

    Story on Spareroom

    The Hot Grits Website

    Grey Lynn • Since May 2007 • 115 posts Report Reply

5 Responses

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    The only thing that video should be banned for is the shocking lack and misuse of punctuation in the subtitles. That distracted me and spoiled the video.

    "Her name was Carolyn man" No, thedownlowconcept, it wasn't. Her name was Carolyn, man.

    Or perhaps it was actually meant to look like some kids had written the subtitles.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • JohnAmiria,

    Maybe her name was Carolyn Mann?

    Is it Political correctness gone mad in an election year? Yes. Is it an election year? Yes.

    But that doesn't make it Political correctness gone mad in an election year.

    Nice song, nice video, but I don't think the two actually match up together anyway.

    hither and yon • Since Aug 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • JohnAmiria,

    Doh! That should have been:

    Is it Political correctness gone mad? Yes.
    Is it an election year? Yes.

    But that doesn't make it Political correctness gone mad in an election year

    Kinda spoiled my point, eh?

    Damn you, Preview/Post Reply!!

    hither and yon • Since Aug 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    That's gold. Nothing nasty, no fights or dodgy stuff, just a good night out, loved it.

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Sunarongi,

    Hah! Yeah - a great night out drinking milk, swapping coloured lollies in clear bags in the loo, ogling girls and eating greasy kebabs... lol

    But does nobody at all have objection to the laughably tasteless words repeated at the end of each chorus;

    'it's down her shirt and up her skirt'?

    This thoughtless little gaffe is, in my opinion, ample reason to ban this song. You don't need to be a feminist to know that 'headlights' is vulgar reference to female breasts! 'Top Bollocks' eh boys? Such blinding stupidity!

    Forget the video's story line - it's harmless, but the notion of pre-schoolers prancing around to the lyrics 'it's down her shirt and up her shirt' is unfathomably tasteless! Are the Hot Grits paedophiles? - I don't know. Is whoever wrote these words a blunt misogynist? - a resounding YES!

    Sincerely,

    Suna Ranginaru

    Takaka • Since Dec 2008 • 1 posts Report Reply

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