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Nine Inch Nails, MTV at Odds on Bush Photo

May 28, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Nine Inch Nails dropped out of the MTV Movie Awards after clashing with the network over an image of President Bush the band planned as a performance backdrop.

The Bush image was to accompany the song ``The Hand That Feeds,″ which obliquely criticizes the Iraq war. It includes the lyrics: ``What if this whole crusade’s a charade / And behind it all there’s a price to be paid / For the blood on which we dine / Justified in the name of the holy and the divine.″

MTV said in a statement to its news division that the network was disappointed the industrial rock band would not perform but had been ``uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement.″

The Foo Fighters will perform in place of the Trent Reznor-led band at the awards being taped June 4 in Los Angeles.

Reznor said in a statement posted on the band’s Web site Thursday that the image of the president would have been unaltered and ``straightforward.″

``Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me,″ he said.

Nine Inch Nails’ fourth studio album and first in six years, ``With Teeth,″ debuted this month at No. 1 in sales.

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Nine Inch Nails: http://www.nin.com

MTV Movie Awards: http://www.mtv.com/onair/movieawards/ma05/

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