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Most Controversial & Banned Music Videos of All Time

The music icons of our day love to push boundaries and challenge the public – with their sound, their style, and of course, their controversial music videos.

Some of our favorite pop entertainers, rappers and rock stars have made music videos that have tested the limits of what is acceptable on network television – and, in some cases, they’ve even benefitted from the allure and added curiosity of having their music videos banned from networks.

From flashing ample amounts of skin, to violence and gore, to inciting outrage with controversial political views, to potentially even causing harm from flashing visual elements, there’ve been all different reasons why music videos from top stars were not allowed to see light of day. (And sometimes, the stars go on to regret their biggest hits.)

We’ve gathered up some of the most controversial, banned music videos over the years. Are there any music videos from your favorite artists that also sparked a ton of controversy? Sound off in the comments!

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Cher Looks Back on Son Chaz Bono's Transition 11 Years Later

Cher is candidly discussing her son Chaz Bono‘s transition.

During a new interview with CNN, the 74-year-old music icon opened up about Chaz‘s, 54, transition from female to male back in 2009, and admitted “it wasn’t easy” for her at first.

“It was very unlike me to, in the beginning, have a problem with Chaz being gay, and it disappeared like that,” Cher recalled of her initial struggle with Chaz‘s transition.

“Then we talked about [whether Chaz was] transgender for many years and [he] would say, ‘No, I don’t want to [transition],’” Cher said. “And then he went and said, ‘OK, I want to do this.’”

Cher admitted: “But it wasn’t easy. I remember calling, and the old [voicemail] message was on the phone, and that was very difficult.”

“But you don’t really lose them [your child],” Cher continued. “They just are in a different shape.”

Chaz, the son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, underwent gender transition between 2008 and 2010.

She also mentioned that Chaz is now “unbelievably happy” and is in a relationship with former child star, Shara Blue Mathes.

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Miley Cyrus Knew She Made It When This Icon Dissed Her!

Miley Cyrus is a superstar, and she knows it!

The 28-year-old “Midnight Sky” singer revealed that one icon in particular made her feel like she made it after criticizing her during her Bangerz era in 2013.

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Miley spoke with Billy Idol during SiriusXM’s Live Transmission Christmas on Thursday (December 17).

“The amount of people that have talked s–t about my records or what I’m doing, you know, I had Cher come after me on Twitter, but that’s when I thought I had really made it. I’m like, ‘Oh, Cher gives a f–k about what I’m doing,’” she revealed.

“She was mad that I was sticking my tongue out all the time and all that s–t. And I’m like, ‘Yo, I pissed Cher off, I really made it,’” she continued.

Miley just celebrated the 10th anniversary of this famous controversy!

Cher Reveals How Two Fans Came To Her Rescue When A Man Tried To Kill Her

Cher is opening up about a scary situation that happened to her in the 1980s.

Speaking with The Guardian‘s G2 magazine, the 74-year-old iconic performer revealed that while she was starring in Come Back To the Five and Dime on Broadway, there was an attempt made on her life when a man tried to kill her.

“I always got dropped off at the stage door when I was doing Come Back To the Five and Dime on Broadway,” Cher recalled to the magazine. “I thought he was going to shake my hand, and he grabbed my arm and put it behind my back.”

She continued, saying that “he started pushing me down the alleyway, and he said: ‘If you make a sound, I’ll kill you.’”

Thankfully, two of Cher‘s fans, and now friends, came to her rescue.

“Two fans, who later became friends, saw something was wrong, and they started screaming and ran towards me, and he ran away,” she adds.

The revelation comes just after Cher participated in a selfless act of helping to free the world’s loneliest elephant, Kaavan, in Thailand.

Earlier this year, Cher was refused when she tried to help save this!

Cher Heads Out For Interviews Before Asking Fans To Help Her Rescue Another Animal

Cher steps out of her hotel in a sharp black and white colorblock look in London, England on Wednesday (December 9).

The 74-year-old iconic star and singer joined a few members of her team as they headed to BBC Studios for a socially distanced interview, before heading to film her appearance on The One Show.

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During her BBC interview, Cher opened up about getting involved in the campaign to free Kaavan, who was dubbed the world’s loneliest elephant. She helped the Pakistani government relocate him to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia just last week.

Now, Cher is calling on her fans to help her with another animal rescue campaign for Bua Noi, the sole gorilla left in a Bangkok zoo.

“Buanoi’s Been In Solitary Long Enough. Torturing ANIMALS 2 Amuse Mindless Shoppers Is a Sin. HellFireFinally Rains Down On Those Who Commit This CRIME,” she wrote.

Besides Bua Noi and Kaavan, Cher is seeking out more animals to help.

40+ pictures inside of Cher heading to and from interviews in London…

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Cher Performs at Early Voting Events in Nevada!

Cher is lending her voice to encourage early voting!

The 74-year-old entertainer hosted a pride brunch event while campaigning for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Sunday afternoon (October 25) at The Garden in Las Vegas.

While arriving at the event, Cher wore a “Biden Harris” face mask before taking to the stage to perform her 1995 cover of Marc Cohn‘s 1991 song “Walking In Memphis.”

“This is the most important thing that has ever happened in my 74 years,” Cher shared with fans in the audience. You must get out there.”

The night before, while donning a sparkling black blazer Cher hosted an early voting event for Biden supporters.

Back in May, Cher opened up in an interview about why she thinks Biden will make a great president.

10+ pictures inside of Cher attending the presidential campaign events in Nevada…More Here! »

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Cher Presents Garth Brooks With Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards 2020

Cher lights up the stage at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which aired on Wednesday (October 14) and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The 74-year-old superstar was on hand at the socially distanced event to present the Icon Award to country singer Garth Brooks.

Cher herself received the same award in 2017.

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Just after presenting him with the honor, Cher praised Garth‘s performance on social media.

“OMG, Garth’s performance was AMAZING. No One deserves this Award more than he does. His life in music made me cry I was transfixed,” she wrote on Twitter. “@garthbrooks for the @BBMAs ICON Award #BBMAs tonight on NBC.”

Stay tuned for Garth‘s full performance!

15+ pictures inside of Cher presenting the Icon Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

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