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We Can’t Believe These Music Videos Were Once Banned

Remember when Britney Spears' "Toxic" got axed from daytime rotation?

Let me take you back to the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson’s boob on live television and, as a result, MTV banned any music video remotely titillating to post-10 p.m. Siberia—including Britney Spears’ futuristic magnum opus “Toxic.” Yes, she dons a glittery body suit (with jewels just in the right places, if you catch our drift) and makes out with an assortment of male suitors, but the clip is far from only-with-the-curtains closed fare. Its restricted viewing was a tad ridiculous, in my humble opinion.

But it’s not the only tame-ish clip that received limited viewing (or full-on banning) when it first came out. These seven pop videos are provocative, but nothing we don’t see on daytime television these days. Why were we such prudes back in the day?!

Madonna, “Like a Prayer”

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