A new antiwar music video directed by Bowling for Columbine's Michael Moore premiered on the U.S. cable music channel MTV2 yesterday, depicting George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, clad in nothing but underwear and riding missiles, as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
The video for Boom! by the Los Angeles-based hardcore quartet System of a Down, is made up of footage recorded at the peace rallies held last month around the world, book-ended with rambling statements by the band members about peace and freedom.
The video was paired with one for When I'm Gone by 3 Doors Down that offers heroic images of American troops overseas. MTV2, a sister channel to MTV, is running programming that offers a variety of viewpoints on the war.
Some viewers were rankled by the System of a Down video. "I took particular offense to the image showing THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES along side of the world's terrorists," wrote one person on the MTV2 message board. "Here's a clue: this is the greatest country in the world, and if you dislike it or it's (sic) leaders that badly, get the hell out!!! Just so you at MTV and all affiliate stations know, . . . your stations will never be on in my house again. EVER. I recommend that all supporters of President Bush and the war on Iraq do the same." Staff