Just hours before his band's long-awaited "Hurricane" short film was set to premiere on MTV Jared Leto took to his blog to post a lengthy list of "issues" an unnamed network had with the mini-movie.
The 30STM fans of the world took to their blogs and Twitters and expressed outrage at MTV.
Now Jared has come out saying it wasn't MTV he was targeting with the post but just one of the many networks who had expressed concerns over "Hurricane". Where were the comments clearing this up posted? MTV of course... Hmmmm. Sound fishy (or like a retraction)? No, not at all...
"The standards notes I posted are not from MTV USA, they are from another channel entirely. One of MANY, actually, that sent long lists of what was required to be censored in order to secure air time around the world," he wrote. "MTV's list was actually rather light compared to others. MOST channels around the world flat out restricted us completely from any 'daytime play' at all, relegating the film to graveyard-shift viewing only."
But "Hurricane" was pulled from MTV's on-air rotation as Leto explains: "There are some edits that need to be made ... there is some footage that remained in the cut that was, I guess, overlooked."
Leto also says there is nothing in "Hurricane" intended to stir up outrage.
"I never set out to make a controversial film. I didn't set out to make a film that would get banned - as it has - from several networks around the world, and restricted to nighttime broadcast," he said. "I didn't really have those things in mind, I really just set out on this journey and followed my creative instinct to tell the truth."
In other words, Leto wants us all to know one particular network is still "cool" with him.