Fans of Alanis Morissette have been looking forward to her NYE performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest”, joined by the cast of her new Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill”.
When she took to the stage in Times Square on Tuesday night, those fans were no doubt thrilled to see the 45-year-old singer and the cast tear into her acid-tinged 1995 single “You Oughta Know”.
Or at least they were until they realized that some of the song’s edgier lyrics had been removed entirely, while seemingly random lyrics were bleeped, including the word “perverted” in the lyric “Is she perverted like me?”
At one point, singer Lauren Patten was bleeped while dropping the F-word, though she later told Variety that it was Morissette herself who urged her to use the swear word.
“She told me to,” Patten said. “She said, ‘say it.’ She said she always says [sings] that, and [told me] you are going to say it, too.”
A number of viewers weren’t pleased with the censorship, though, with one person pointing out that the excised lyrics actually appear intact when the song receives radio play throughout North America.
Other fans also noticed, and shared their opinion of ABC’s censorship of the song for it’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast.