Why MTV Censored Limp Bizkit’s Boiler Clip

Limp Bizkit’s “Boiler” was a hit for the band in 2001, but here’s why the music video for the song was censored by MTV at the time.

Here’s Why MTV Censored Limp Bizkit’s Music VideoBoilerin 2001. In the 1990s and 2000s, musicians and bands sometimes liked to go for expensive music videos to kick off a new song. The most expensive video of all time goes to Michael and Janet’s “Scream” Jackson; the Mark Romanek-directed promo cost around $7 million to shoot, most of which was spent on elaborate sets. Other expensive videos include Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White” by director John Landis, which cost $4 million and Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” with the David Fincher music video hitting $5 million and another top entry going to Limp Bizkit.


Their music video for “Rollin'” cost around $3 million, with the promo itself being fronted by frontman Fred Durst. The video even features cameos from Ben Stiller and Stephen Dorff. “Rollin'” comes from the band’s album Chocolate starfish and hot dog flavored water, which is one of Limp Bizkit’s most popular records. Along with “Rollin”https://screenrant.com/limp-bizkit-boiler-mtv-music-video-censorship/”, he featured hits like “My Way”, “My Generation” and “Take A Look Around,” which appeared on the mission: impossible 2 soundtrack.

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Chocolate starfish and hot dog flavored water also featured Limp Bizkit’s “Boiler,” which received another expensive music video directed by Fred Durst. The video for “Boiler” doesn’t have much of a storyline and is really just an array of startling images, including a woman throwing up a bomb or an animated sequence where Durst is running away from a hot dog monster. It carries something of a horror movie tone, which is one of the reasons MTV censored Limp Bizkit’s “Boiler” music video when it was originally released.

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While not major cuts, approximately 20 seconds of footage was removed from the MTV version of “Boiler.” The moment when Limp Biskit guitarist Wes Borland’s head suddenly falls was cut, as was much of the section where Durst wakes up to a room full of beds. Various shots of the couples on the beds having fun were a little too spicy for MTV, so they censored most of that footage from Limp Bizkit’s video.

That fact that MTV — which has shows that haven’t aged well — censored Limp Bizkit’s “Boiler” music video didn’t hurt the song’s performance. Outside of music, Durst went on to direct several feature films, including the Jesse Eisenberg drama. The education of Charlies Banks and comedy Ice Cube The Longshots. He also directed the somewhat infamous the fanatic in 2019, which featured John Travolta as a troubled fan of an action movie star played by Devon Sawa.

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