Actor-songstress Chloe Lattanzi has got under the conservatives' skin with the release of an allegedly graphic video "Play With Me." Daughter of singer Olivia Newton-John and actor Matt Lattanzi and great granddaughter of Nobel prize-winning physicist Max Born, Chloe Lattanzi is seen performing allegedly disturbing acts including electrocution and self harm using sharp objects and snorting cocaine.
The graphic video shows Chloe electrocuting herself in a bathtub using electrical appliances which results in a completely burned arm, shedding bloody tears, deeply mutilating her arm with a sharp object, all while she keeps whispering the words 'notice me.' Her boyfriend calmly goes about his life near his suicidal girlfriend, and is shown sitting on toilet reading newspaper and watching television.
Towards the end of the video, Chloe is seen aiming a gun to her head while writhing near an indifferent boyfriend and is covered in a white powder presumably cocaine.
The Australian Council for Children and the Media issued the following statement, criticizing the singer's alleged "need for attention."
"I think it's sad that this young woman has such a need for attention that she needs to push the envelope of good taste and appropriateness this far," the council's Media President, Elizabeth Handsley, said. "This simply glamorizes a range of harmful behaviors and does nothing to help empower young people to cope with relationship problems."
Chloe has uploaded a follow up video clip "Thank You to all the fans and haters" in which she says "It is an artist's job to challenge ideas." A clearly unhappy Chloe says "bring on the negativity, because I am a good person" and is shown sitting in a chair with a blood-stained, dismembered mannequin in the background. "It is purely just for artistic value and I don't want to kill myself and I don't want to die."
Chloe's star mother Olivia has not issued a statement on the criticism faced by "Play With Me". Olivia's highly successful double platinum album "Physical" was also banned by two Utah radio stations for its allegedly provocative lyrics of the title track. In 2010, Billboard magazine ranked this as the most popular single ever about sex.
Music censorship has always been a subject of controversy with the singers fiercely arguing for freedom of expression while censorship patrons accuse the stars for setting wrong example for younger generation.
Rihanna was visibly shocked when her popular song "S&M" was renamed "Come On" by BBC Radio 1. The star retaliated with a Twitter message as the censors cut the words "sex", "chains" and "whips" from the song and called it too "racy" for family audience.
Her another recent video, "Man Down" also sparked a controversy involving explicitly violent and raunchy videos being broadcast on television, uncensored, as the Parents Television Council (PTC) appealed to the BET (Black Entertainment Television) network to ban the video. The video, premiered on BET, shows Rihanna murdering a man near a crowded railway station in what looks like a premeditated event. As the video progresses in flashback, Rihanna is seen sexually assaulted by the man outside a pub, from the point of view of the victim in a harrowing sequence. However, feminism activists announced support to Rihanna, saying that instead of banning the video, people including children should be made to watch "Man Down."
Some popular singers and bands who got their songs banned by organizations include, John Lennon (Woman is the Nigger of the World), Rosemary Clooney (Mambo Italiano), Rolling Stones (Let's Spend The Night Together), Lady Gaga (Born This Way), Kanye West (Gold Digger) among many others.