The video for ‘Kids’ debuts on UK music show Top Of The Pops tomorrow night (September 22), but producers have decided to cut the end section, featuring a sexually explicit rap by Williams, from the 7.30pm show.
As exclusively revealed on nme.com in July, the lyrics to the song run, “Press be asking, do I care for sodomy?/I don’t know, yeah, probably”.
A spokesperson for the BBC told UK newspaper The Daily Star: “Although we accept that lots of pop music is inextricably linked to sex, we have to bear in mind people’s sensitivities and the age range of our audience. We have decided it is not appropriate to show the video in full.”
The controversial lyrics have already come under the knife on Kylie’s album ‘Light Years’, released on Monday (September 25) through Parlophone. The track is featured, but Robbie’s rap is edited out from the version that appears.
Both artists have come under fire for their individual promo videos recently. The video for Robbie’s last single, ‘Rock DJ’, had to be cut short for Top Of The Pops and daytime MTV, and Kylie had to film an alternative version of her video for current single ‘On A Night Like This’, after the original was deemed too risqui.
‘Kids’ is released on October 9 through EMI/Chrysalis.