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5th May '16 3:47:33 PM MarkLungo
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* "Waif Me" is an alternate title for "Rape Me" by Music/{{Nirvana}}, changed so that the album ''In Utero'' could be sold in UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} and other stores with CD censorship policies. To clarify, "Waif Me" is just an alternate title... on the track listing on the back of the CD case. The liner notes in the CD booklet still refer to "Rape Me," and in the song itself, Cobain sings "Rape me." The only reason the band agreed to such a title change (as well as a change to the back cover) was that when Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic were growing up, the only place to buy records in their home town was Wal-Mart and they empathized with kids in similar situations.

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* "Waif Me" is an alternate title for "Rape Me" by Music/{{Nirvana}}, changed so that the album ''In Utero'' could be sold in UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} and other stores with CD censorship policies. To clarify, "Waif Me" is just an alternate title... on the track listing on the back of the CD case. The liner notes in the CD booklet still refer to "Rape Me," and in the song itself, Cobain Music/KurtCobain sings "Rape me." The only reason the band agreed to such a title change (as well as a change to the back cover) was that when Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic were growing up, the only place to buy records in their home town was Wal-Mart and they empathized with kids in similar situations.



* "Star Star" by Music/TheRollingStones was originally "Starfucker" but changed at the insistence of the record label. The chorus is still a huge ClusterFBomb though, and the band always refer to the song as "Starfucker". (Atlantic Records distributed the label's releases. Ahmet Ertegün actually wanted them to also change the lyrics... to remove mentions of SteveMcQueen, Creator/JohnWayne and Ali [=McGraw=], since he was afraid they would sue.)

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* "Star Star" by Music/TheRollingStones was originally "Starfucker" but changed at the insistence of the record label. The chorus is still a huge ClusterFBomb though, and the band always refer to the song as "Starfucker". (Atlantic Records distributed the label's releases. Ahmet Ertegün actually wanted them to also change the lyrics... to remove mentions of SteveMcQueen, Creator/SteveMcQueen, Creator/JohnWayne and Ali [=McGraw=], since he was afraid they would sue.)



* Music/{{Prince}}'s "Sexy M[[spoiler:other]]F[[spoiler:ucker]]" and the Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence song "Stupid M[[spoiler:other]]F[[spoiler:ucker]].
* The Canadian rock group Music/BarenakedLadies is occasionally referred to as simply BNL in places where MoralGuardians might complain. Emphasis on the "occasionally"--they once hosted a WB Saturday morning cartoon block with their normal name (with characters such as the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' commenting on how [[LampshadeHanging they're all fully-clothed men]]), but they've been censored on the Creator/DisneyChannel and elsewhere. They ran into this piecemeal in different areas - "The Ballad of Gordon" was a PSA they did early in their career that aired on Fox Kids, but the title card saying the name of the band wasn't run in all markets. Music/WeirdAlYankovic revealed in interviews that he had a considerable fight with CBS to call the band by their full name when they were on ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow'', and there was concern they'd be censored piecemeal as well.

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* Music/{{Prince}}'s "Sexy M[[spoiler:other]]F[[spoiler:ucker]]" and the Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence song "Stupid M[[spoiler:other]]F[[spoiler:ucker]].
M[[spoiler:other]]F[[spoiler:ucker]]".
* The Canadian rock group Music/BarenakedLadies is occasionally referred to as simply BNL in places where MoralGuardians might complain. Emphasis on the "occasionally"--they once hosted a WB Creator/KidsWB Saturday morning cartoon block with their normal name (with characters such as the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' commenting on how [[LampshadeHanging they're all fully-clothed men]]), but they've been censored on the Creator/DisneyChannel and elsewhere. They ran into this piecemeal in different areas - "The Ballad of Gordon" was a PSA they did early in their career that aired on Fox Kids, Creator/FoxKids, but the title card saying the name of the band wasn't run in all markets. Music/WeirdAlYankovic revealed in interviews that he had a considerable fight with CBS Creator/{{CBS}} to call the band by their full name when they were on ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow'', and there was concern they'd be censored piecemeal as well.



* In some markets, [=MTV=] credits Music/{{Blink 182}}'s ''Take Off Your Pants and Jacket'' as "Take Off Your Jacket and Pants" during their music videos to avoid the masturbation pun.

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* In some markets, [=MTV=] credits Music/{{Blink 182}}'s ''Take Off Your Pants and Jacket'' as "Take ''Take Off Your Jacket and Pants" Pants'' during their music videos to avoid the masturbation pun.



* It was pointed out to [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy]] that he wouldn't get on ''Top of the Pops'' with a band named "Bastard". So he went with the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar semi-covert drug reference instead]].

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* It When Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister stated a band named "Bastard", it was pointed out to [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy]] him that he wouldn't get on ''Top of the Pops'' with a band named "Bastard". So "Bastard", so he went with the a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar semi-covert drug reference instead]].instead]]--Music/{{Motorhead}}, which is a slang term for a speed freak.



* Music/MaxRomeo's 1969 reggae hit ''Wet Dream'' was not only banned from the air by the BBC, its title couldn't be metioned either. This led to listeners to Alan Freeman announcing the new chart on Pick of the Pops hearing him mumbling "the Max Romeo record" before passing quickly on to play the next entry. Mark Goodier employed the same tactic in 1996 when he simply said "There's a new entry for Super Furry Animals" without naming or playing it. The song in question being "The Man Don't Give A Fuck".

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* Music/MaxRomeo's 1969 reggae hit ''Wet Dream'' "Wet Dream" was not only banned from the air by the BBC, its title couldn't be metioned either. This led to listeners to Alan Freeman announcing the new chart on Pick of the Pops hearing him mumbling "the Max Romeo record" before passing quickly on to play the next entry. Mark Goodier employed the same tactic in 1996 when he simply said "There's a new entry for Super Furry Animals" without naming or playing it. The song in question being "The Man Don't Give A Fuck".



* Music/TheBeautifulSouth charted with a song called ''Don't Marry Her''. The version released as a single had the lyric "Don't marry her - have me". Unwary DJ's who played the ''album'' version, however, broadcast the uncensored original lyric "Don't marry her - fuck me!" to the nation. People who thought the LP would carry the same version as the airplay single were in for a surprise as it wasn't indicated ''anywhere'' that the lyrics were somewhat different.
* And then the furore over Music/{{Wheatus}} and ''Teenage Dirtbag''. It took a while for radio stations, particularly in Britain, to cotton on to the lyrics "Her boyfriend's a dick/He brings a gun to school..." Even though by then everyone knew what the offending lines were, they were still censored.

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* Music/TheBeautifulSouth charted with a song called ''Don't "Don't Marry Her''.Her". The version released as a single had the lyric "Don't marry her - have me". Unwary DJ's who played the ''album'' version, however, broadcast the uncensored original lyric "Don't marry her - fuck me!" to the nation. People who thought the LP would carry the same version as the airplay single were in for a surprise as it wasn't indicated ''anywhere'' that the lyrics were somewhat different.
* And then the furore over Music/{{Wheatus}} and ''Teenage Dirtbag''."Teenage Dirtbag". It took a while for radio stations, particularly in Britain, to cotton on to the lyrics "Her boyfriend's a dick/He brings a gun to school..." Even though by then everyone knew what the offending lines were, they were still censored.



* The Musical F#@king Up Everything.

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* The Musical F#@king ''F#@king Up Everything.Everything''.



* An Erie, Pennsylvania high school performance of ''Urinetown'' could only be advertised as simply the school's "Spring Musical" because the principal objected to the "vulgar" title but not at all to any of the content of the show itself, which is odd considering the libretto contains the word "Urinetown" sung & spoken several times, plus a character who hints at having undergone a sex change and one use each of the words "piss", "hell", "damn", and "goddamn".
* The iTunes edition of the Theatre/AvenueQ soundtrack has a song called "It S***s to be Me". What does the "s" stand for? [[spoiler:Sucks.]]
* New York newspapers had a difficult time reviewing a 2012 play with Creator/ChrisRock called ''The Motherfucker with the Hat'', while getting it across which play they were reviewing. Radio and TV ads were upfront about not being able to use the title. Most publicity material stylized it as "Motherf**ker with the Hat."

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* An Erie, Pennsylvania high school performance of ''Urinetown'' ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' could only be advertised as simply the school's "Spring Musical" because the principal objected to the "vulgar" title but not at all to any of the content of the show itself, which is odd considering the libretto contains the word "Urinetown" sung & spoken several times, plus a character who hints at having undergone a sex change and one use each of the words "piss", "hell", "damn", and "goddamn".
* The iTunes edition of the Theatre/AvenueQ ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' soundtrack has a song called "It S***s to be Me". What does the "s" stand for? [[spoiler:Sucks.]]
* New York UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity newspapers had a difficult time reviewing a 2012 play with Creator/ChrisRock called ''The Motherfucker with the Hat'', while getting it across which play they were reviewing. Radio and TV ads were upfront about not being able to use the title. Most publicity material stylized it as "Motherf**ker with the Hat."



** Also, in the newspaper's TV sections, "Make Love, Not Warcraft" became just "World of Warcraft"

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** Also, in the newspaper's TV sections, "Make Love, Not Warcraft" became just "World of Warcraft""VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft".



* Used as a TakeThat with ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. The original title of the episode where the Warner siblings torment the Grim Reaper after Wakko wins a Swedish meatball-eating contest was "Death or Consequences." Since most American children's TV shows have a strict rule against depicting death ([[NeverSayDie even going so far as to not even talk about it]] -- which was definitely the case in the 1980s and 1990s), the censors wouldn't have it. It was then retitled "''Meatballs'' or Consequences", as if to sarcastically convey, "''There'', Warner Bros. BS&P, are you happy?!" Needless to say, is that the fact the meatballs was responsible for kick-starting the whole plot in the first place.

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* Used as a TakeThat with ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. The original title of the episode where the Warner siblings torment the Grim Reaper TheGrimReaper after Wakko wins a Swedish meatball-eating contest was "Death or Consequences." Since most American children's TV shows have a strict rule against depicting death ([[NeverSayDie even going so far as to not even talk about it]] -- which was definitely the case in the 1980s and 1990s), the censors wouldn't have it. It was then retitled "''Meatballs'' or Consequences", as if to sarcastically convey, "''There'', Warner Bros. BS&P, are you happy?!" Needless to say, is that the fact the meatballs was responsible for kick-starting the whole plot in the first place.
5th May '16 3:02:41 PM aye_amber
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* [[WuTangClan Ol' Dirty Bastard]]'s ''Nigga Please'' doesn't display the full album title anywhere on cd/cassette/record packaging, rendering it as "N***a Please" - the back cover track-listing gives similar treatment to the title track as well as "You Don't Want To Fuck With Me" and "I Want Pussy". The credits in the booklet list the uncensored titles of all of the songs including the title track, though.

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* [[WuTangClan [[Music/WuTangClan Ol' Dirty Bastard]]'s ''Nigga Please'' doesn't display the full album title anywhere on cd/cassette/record packaging, rendering it as "N***a Please" - the back cover track-listing gives similar treatment to the title track as well as "You Don't Want To Fuck With Me" and "I Want Pussy". The credits in the booklet list the uncensored titles of all of the songs including the title track, though.
1st May '16 5:19:28 AM aye_amber
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* Rap group Music/{{NWA}} (the full name, "Niggaz With Attitude", not generally being printed on the albums or posters). Likewise their 1991 album, whose title "Niggaz4life" was printed reversed (mirror-image) on the album--the album is often referred to as "Efil4zaggin".

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* Rap group Music/{{NWA}} (the full name, "Niggaz With Attitude", not generally being printed on the albums or posters). Likewise their 1991 album, whose title "Niggaz4life" was printed reversed (mirror-image) on the album--the album is often referred to as "Efil4zaggin"."[=Efil=]4zaggin."
30th Apr '16 2:01:21 PM MarkLungo
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* And then the furore over Music/{{Wheatus}} and ''Teenage Dirtbag''. It took a while for radio stations, particularly in Britain, to cotton on to the lyrics
-->Her boyfriend's a dick/He brings a gun to school...
Even though by then everyone knew what the offending lines were, they were still censored.

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* And then the furore over Music/{{Wheatus}} and ''Teenage Dirtbag''. It took a while for radio stations, particularly in Britain, to cotton on to the lyrics
-->Her
lyrics "Her boyfriend's a dick/He brings a gun to school...
school..." Even though by then everyone knew what the offending lines were, they were still censored.
* When NoiseRock band Pussy Galore titled one of their albums ''Dial 'M' for Motherfucker'', they didn't use it on the cover: the shrinkwrap had a sticker saying "New Album by Pussy Galore", while the spine just said ''Dial 'M'''. You had to look at the label to see the uncensored phrase. Hilarously, ''Dial 'M' for Motherfucker'' was itself a censored title; the band wanted to call the album ''Make Them Eat Shit Slowly''.
3rd Apr '16 2:39:50 PM AgProv
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* And then the furore over Music/Wheatus and ''Teenage dirtbag''. It took a while for radio stations, particularly in Britain, to cotton on to the lyrics

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* And then the furore over Music/Wheatus Music/{{Wheatus}} and ''Teenage dirtbag''.Dirtbag''. It took a while for radio stations, particularly in Britain, to cotton on to the lyrics
3rd Apr '16 2:38:31 PM AgProv
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* Music/TheBeautifulSouth charted with a song called ''Don't Marry Her''. The version released as a single had the lyric "Don't marry her - have me". Unwary DJ's who played the ''album'' version, however, broadcast the uncensored original lyric "Don't marry her - fuck me!" to the nation. People who thought the LP would carry the same version as the airplay single were in for a surprise as it wasn't indicated ''anywhere'' that the lyrics were somewhat different.
* And then the furore over Music/Wheatus and ''Teenage dirtbag''. It took a while for radio stations, particularly in Britain, to cotton on to the lyrics
-->Her boyfriend's a dick/He brings a gun to school...
Even though by then everyone knew what the offending lines were, they were still censored.
16th Mar '16 12:21:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''MarriedWithChildren'' had a season three episode where a fishing trip between the Bundys and the Rhoades (Steve and Marcy) goes to pot when Kelly has her period, and soon Marcy and Peg have it as it is physically possible for women's periods to sync up so that way they all have it at the same time. Originally, the episode was called "A Period Piece," but FOX censors objected (never mind that ''MarriedWithChildren'' never showed its titles onscreen and it wouldn't be until the rise of the Internet and cable that viewers would get to see episode titles of their favorite shows), and the show creators retitled it, "The Camping Show."

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* ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had a season three episode where a fishing trip between the Bundys and the Rhoades (Steve and Marcy) goes to pot when Kelly has her period, and soon Marcy and Peg have it as it is physically possible for women's periods to sync up so that way they all have it at the same time. Originally, the episode was called "A Period Piece," but FOX censors objected (never mind that ''MarriedWithChildren'' the show never showed its titles onscreen and it wouldn't be until the rise of the Internet and cable that viewers would get to see episode titles of their favorite shows), and the show creators retitled it, "The Camping Show."
14th Mar '16 11:39:10 AM TrustBen
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* New York newspapers had a difficult time reviewing a 2012 play with Creator/ChrisRock called ''The Motherfucker with the Hat'', while getting it across which play they were reviewing. Radio and TV ads were upfront about not being able to use the title.

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* New York newspapers had a difficult time reviewing a 2012 play with Creator/ChrisRock called ''The Motherfucker with the Hat'', while getting it across which play they were reviewing. Radio and TV ads were upfront about not being able to use the title. Most publicity material stylized it as "Motherf**ker with the Hat."



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14th Feb '16 8:02:36 AM skidoo23
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22nd Jan '16 5:38:38 PM igordebraga
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Not to be confused with {{Bowdleri|se}}zation, as the work only seems less offensive on the surface. Related to GoshDangItToHeck and SoundEffectBleep. Sometimes used when the creator is trying for an IntentionallyAwkwardTitle and the [[ExecutiveMeddling executives say no]].

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Not to be confused with {{Bowdleri|se}}zation, as the work only seems less offensive on the surface. Related to GoshDangItToHeck and SoundEffectBleep. Sometimes used when the creator is trying for an IntentionallyAwkwardTitle and the [[ExecutiveMeddling executives say no]].
no]]. See also ScunthorpeProblem.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scunthorpe_problem The Scunthorpe problem.]]
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