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A TRL Travesty


I know this happened a while ago, but it still needs to be brought to people's attention. And, I just started this website. So, I hope everybody understands what unfairness I'm talking about...


11 May 1999. I was appalled and irritated at the recent treatment of Korn and their video "Freak on a Leash" on Total Request Live. I simply did not understand why MTV and TRL refused to play it. On the show, when Korn "could not beat" ĎN Syncís video, TRL played only five seconds of it while Carson was talking. However, it was still number two! On days in which every other video was played, Korn was not, even when it "beat" the other artists. It seems rather obvious that a lot of people still wanted to see the video, if it was voted number 2. Why play the number 10 or 8 video, but not the number 2? It really does not make sense. And, to top it all off, to put the icing on the injustice cake, on the day that Kornís "Freak on a Leash" was retired, TRL did not even play the video at all! On the last day it would ever be played, it was not.

I have been watching TRL habitually for a long time (you all have probably realized that) and no other video has ever been omitted in such a way. Take an example that was retired the day before Korn: "The Hardest Thing" by 98 Degrees. This video was played on its last day, along with a tribute, and on every other day it was voted in. It, too, "could not" beat ĎN Syncís "I Drive Myself Crazy," and, in fact, "could not" beat Korn either, but it still was played.

I am not necessarily the biggest Korn fan, but I do recognize unfairness when I see it. I do not understand the reasoning (if any) behind this, and I am therefore extremely disappointed in MTV and TRL.

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