You can’t see Prodigy’s controversial vid “Smack My Bitch Up” on MTV anymore, but Internet surfers can catch it on Webcaster JamTV.
JamTV, which will air the vid unedited and uncensored beginning this week, also encourages fans to share their views by e-mailing the Webcaster.
The vid, which features nudity, drug use and explicit lyrics, aired for one week on music cabler MTV, which showed it with a disclaimer between 1 and 5 a.m. The band has said the song’s title is slang for doing anything intensely.
It was yanked from MTV in the wake of protests by the National Organization of Women, which claimed the song glorifies violence against women. The org protested the vid and the song’s content Dec. 18 in front of Time Warner headquarters in New York. MTV announced it was pulling the vid the next day.
The cabler, though, said it never planned to add the vid to its rotation, but rather aired it as part of a news story on the controversy.
Kmart and Wal-Mart have since pulled Prodigy’s Maverick Records disc “Fat of the Land” — which sports the track — from shelves, and Target stores said it will put parental advisory stickers on the discs.
Concert promotion industry vet Jerry Mickelson, legit exec Pat Blake and multimedia maven Howard Tullman teamed earlier this year to create JamTV, which they have dubbed the Web’s largest music-related site.
The site, which also links consumers to JamTV-produced cybercasts, concert-ticket and merchandise buying sites, and radio station information, also offers music biz news updated daily.
It recently merged with Rolling Stone magazine to tap JamTV’s expertise to create the Rolling Stone Network (Daily Variety, Nov. 25).