You oughta know, Alanis Morissette fans are not happy.
The singer appeared on ABC’s broadcast of “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve With Ryan Seacrest” on Tuesday night, performing her 1990s hit “You Oughta Know,” alongside Lauren Patten and the cast of the Broadway show “Jagged Little Pill.”
But in addition to bleeping the F-bomb in the song, network censors apparently had a problem with other lyrics as well.
“Would she go down on you in a theater?” also didn’t make it onto the air. And some fans complained that innocuous words such as “perverted” and “an older version of me” were bleeped, too. (To be fair, parts of Post Malone‘s performance were also cut out.)
Fans of the 45-year-old singer took to Twitter soon after the performance to blast the network for its heavy-handedness, with some wondering why they’d choose to have Morissette perform if they didn’t like the lyrics.
“It’s 2020, who are you protecting?” user @healey2012 tweeted. “If you can’t handle the lyrics, pick another artist (no offense Alanis, love you). It was like listening to a watered-down WalMart version of one of the all-time great songs.”
Other users thought ABC was too random.
“Hey #RockinEve can you get someone who actually knows the lyrics to @Alanis You Oughtta Know so they can bleep the right parts out and not just whenever they think they should,” @StephKariya09 said.
And, @aliciadye tweeted, “Wow the censors are heavy handed with those buttons during this performance…I mean I know it has its moments but really!!”
Gina Sorial of Dick Clark Productions said the bleeps were based on the song’s lyrics, but deferred specific questions to the network.
USA TODAY has reached out to ABC for comment.
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