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Most Controversial & Banned Music Videos of All Time

Music superstars love to push buttons and challenge the status quo – with their sound, their style, and of course, their music videos.

Some of our favorite pop entertainers, rappers and rock stars have created 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 of the banned material.

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!

Click through the slideshow to see all of the music videos…

Michael Jackson's Siblings, Including Janet, Pay Tribute to Him on What Would've Been His 62nd Birthday

Michael Jackson would’ve been celebrating his 62nd birthday if he were alive today, but his siblings are keeping his memory alive on the special day.

Janet Jackson, LaToya Jackson, and Tito Jackson all took to social media on Saturday (August 29) to share messages for their brother.

Michael died on June 25, 2009 after he went into cardiac arrest at his mansion in Los Angeles. He passed away from an overdose of propofol administered by his personal physician.

In her post on Instagram, Janet wrote “I miss u big bro” over a blue background and she added the kissing face emoji.

LaToya shared a vintage photo of Michael with the caption, “A Big Happy Birthday To The Greatest Entertainer Of All Times.”

Tito shared a photo of the Jackson 5 and he wrote, “Happy birthday, MJ!✌🏾🎁🎉🤗🙏🏾💙🧁🎈🍰 👑.”

Last month, it was revealed that Michael was trying to landed a role in a popular superhero movie!

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Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Professor Xavier in 'X-Men'

Michael Jackson had X-Men ambitions.

The late pop icon’s film aspirations were explored in a new THR cover story about Bryan Singer‘s 2000 movie, X-Men.

According to the report, Michael was interested in playing Professor Xavier in the film – and had no issue with wearing makeup to play the role of an older white character.

“In the spring of 1999, Bryan Singer and a group of X-Men producers and crew were working out of the old Fox offices near Olympic and Bundy when Michael Jackson walked in the door. Wearing sunglasses and refusing to shake hands, Jackson was visiting the industrial space to meet with Singer to discuss the prospect of playing Professor Xavier in the upcoming film. ‘I said to him, ‘Do you know Xavier is an older white guy?” X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner recalls. ‘And Michael said, ‘Oh yeah. You know, I can wear makeup.”

From there, Michael opened up an “elaborate presentation complete with the short film Ghosts, in which the pop star morphed into a 60-something white mayor railing against a well-meaning performer who entertains local children with magic tricks.”

Twentieth Century Fox “never seriously considered Jackson for the role, which eventually went to Patrick Stewart in a turn that enabled him to be known for a popular character other than Star Trek‘s Captain Picard.”

Michael was already in the thick of all his allegations by X-Men,” a former executive added.

The upcoming X-Men spin-off movie The New Mutants is still scheduled to be released in theaters on August 28 – watch the opening scene!

Michael Jackson Wanted to Be Set Up with Halle Berry, Babyface Reveals

During Babyface and Teddy Riley‘s friendly music battle that took place on Instagram Live this week, Babyface revealed a story about Michael Jackson and Halle Berry.

“Speaking of MJ, it reminds me of a story—true story, fun fact,” Babyface said on the Instagram Live. “One time, Michael called me, Michael said, ‘Babyface, do you know who Halle Berry is? Do you know Halle Berry?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I know Halle Berry.’ He said, ‘Could you do me a favor? I want you to call her because I want to take her out on a date.’ I said, ‘What?’ and he said, ‘Call her, I want to take her out on a date.’”

“I can’t tell you exactly what Halle said, but I imagine it probably would have been something like this…,” he added, before adding a clip from her 1992 film Boomerang.

Find out who fans want Halle Berry to date today.

Drake 'Leaks' New Music & Makes Controversial Reference to Michael Jackson - Listen & Read the Lyrics!

Drake is releasing new music – and stirring up controversy.

The 33-year-old rapper surprised fans by dropping two new songs over the weekend, called “When to Say When” and “Chicago Freestyle.”

He joked about the release as a “leak,” uploading the tracks on his label’s Soundcloud – along with a music video on YouTube, which was directed by Theo Skudra and shot at the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn and inside a recording studio.

In “When to Say When,” Drake references the child molestation allegations against Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson s–t, but the palace is not for kids,” he raps.

Fans on social media were split with reactions, with some bringing up his own scrutinized relationship with young stars like Billie Eilish. Find out what she previously said about the controversy.

Watch the video for “When to Say When” and “Chicago Freestyle”…

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Michael Jackson's Son Blanket Turns 18 - See Paris Jackson's Birthday Wish!

The late Michael Jackson‘s son Blanket just turned 18!

Paris Jackson took to Instagram on Friday (February 21) to wish her younger brother a happy birthday.

“my little brother is a legal adult today. what the f–k. i used to change his diapers. this is such a trip.. proud of the handsome, intelligent, insightful, funny, and kind young man he has become. he likes privacy so that’s all i gotta say. hbd lil bro,” Paris wrote on Instagram along with some throwback photos.

Blanket changed his name to Bigi back in 2015. He went out for dinner on Friday night with older brother Prince to celebrate the occasion!

Macaulay Culkin Sets the Record Straight on Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Rumors

Macaulay Culkin started spending time with Michael Jackson when he was 10 years old and Michael was 32, and in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary, he’s now speaking out about his late friend in Esquire‘s March 2020 cover story.

“Look. I’m gonna begin with the line—it’s not a line, it’s the truth: He never did anything to me. I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back,” Macaulay told Esquire. “The guy has passed on. If anything—I’m not gonna say it would be stylish or anything like that, but right now is a good time to speak up. And if I had something to speak up about, I would totally do it. But no, I never saw anything; he never did anything.”

Macaulay continued on to tell a story, saying, “Here’s a good Michael Jackson story that doesn’t involve Michael Jackson at all: I ran into James Franco on a plane. I’d bumped into him two or three times over the years. I give him a little nod as we’re putting our bags overhead. Hey, how you doing? Good, how ya doing? And it was right after the Leaving Neverland documentary came out, and he goes, ‘So, that documentary!’ And that was all he said. I was like, ‘Uh-huh.’ Silence. So then he goes, ‘So what do you think?’ And I turned to him and I go, ‘Do you wanna talk about your dead friend?’ And he sheepishly went, ‘No, I don’t.’ So I said, ‘Cool, man, it was nice to see you.’ ”

Macaulay has previously defended the 22 year age gap in their friendship.

Be sure to grab your copy of the magazine, on newsstands February 18.