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Band pulls out of MTV show

June 01, 2005|From Associated Press

Nine Inch Nails dropped out of the MTV Movie Awards after clashing with the network over an image of President Bush that the band planned as a performance backdrop.

The Bush image was to accompany the song "The Hand That Feeds," which obliquely criticizes the Iraq war.

MTV said it was disappointed the industrial rock band would not perform but had been "uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement."

The Foo Fighters will perform in place of the Trent Reznor-led band at the awards being taped Saturday in L.A.

Reznor said in a statement posted on the band's website that the image of the president would have been "straightforward."

"Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me," he said.

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