Pearl Jam fans and Internet watchdogs were up in arms Thursday after it was revealed that AT&T Inc. censored portions of the rock band's live concert cybercast on Sunday.
While performing "Daughter" during the annual Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, the band segued into a portion of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," during which frontman Eddie Vedder sang, "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home." Those lyrics were missing from the broadcast.
There were other liberal diatribes unleashed by Vedder that were not censored as well.
Vedder also railed against oil giant BP during the set, and later, brought a disabled Iraq War veteran onstage to call for an end to the conflict. Neither of these segments were edited.
So, at least, it doesn't look like it was part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.
AT&T says it was a mistake, and squarely put the blame on webcast vendor.
In a statement, AT&T attributed the bleeping to "a mistake by a Webcast vendor" that was "contrary to our policy. We have policies in place with respect to editing excessive profanity, but AT&T does not censor performances. We very much regret that this happened in the first place."
They are also working with Pearl Jam to post the song in its entirety.
If you head over to Pearl Jam's website you will find some angry "the corporations are out to get us" statements about the event.