*Rihanna’s racy new single “S&M” has been pulled from daytime airplay on Britain’s BBC, and the video has been banned in 11 countries, according to the Daily Mirror.
The song’s suggestive lyrics and the accompanying video – in which the singer is seen writhing in latex, tying a man to a bed, and sucking a banana – are already subject to an age restriction on YouTube. [Scroll down to watch.]
Now it’s being reported that broadcasting watchdogs around the world are clamping down on the track.
A sample of the lyrics:
“Cause I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it. Sex in the air. I don’t care, I love the smell of it,” she sings. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me.”
For the video, Rihanna reunited with director Melina Matsoukas, who also worked on Ri’s “Rockstar 101,” “Rude Boy,” and “Hard.”
In addition its ban in 11 countries, BBC bosses in the U.K. have refused to allow DJs on its flagship station Radio 1 to play the song before 7 p.m.
A spokesman tells the publication, “We are waiting for an edited version before deciding whether it will be played in the daytime.”