Rap-Up TV: Ciara Responds to BET Banning Her ‘Ride’ Music Video

Ciara’s fans are up in arms over BET’s decision not to add her risqué “Ride” music video into rotation. But what does Ciara think about the situation?

“It’s definitely very unfortunate and hopefully one day it will be on there,” she told Rap-Up TV, while acknowledging that her video has been singled out. “I am definitely aware that my video has some very sensual moments in it, however I know that they do play sensual videos as well.”

But the R&B singer is willing to tone down the racy imagery if given the opportunity. “I’m definitely more than willing to make an edit to make it suitable for whatever it is that would be more comfortable to the network.”

Is Ciara’s video too hot for TV? Tell us what you think.

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45 Comments

  1. BET SUCKS

    It’s not too hot. They just have a bias against women controlling their own sexuality but all rappers like Lil Waybe and that troll Trey Songz to fornicate on tv.

    BET SUCKS!!

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  2. NADIA

    It’s not too hot. They just have a bias against women controlling their own sexuality but all rappers like Lil Waybe and that troll Trey Songz to fornicate on tv.

    BET is hpocritical. Thank God for MTV

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  3. Joyams

    I second that Nadia. But all america is hypocritical actually.

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  4. NADIA

    @JOYMAS

    I understand that life isn’t fair but it’s really terrible that a station that is supposed to support black artists is the one practising censorship.

    When mainstream channels like MTV and VH1 are more supportive of black artists than BET it means BET is CLEARLY doing something wrong and has lost the plot.

    That’s a travesty!

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  5. g3

    yeah its crazy cuz they have all these video hoes pratically naked with their jelly rolls and dented in asses hanging out wit titties slinging left & right but cant play her video? come on now BET that Ride video is HOT she kilt the dancing and the only minor detail im guessing is the bathing suit but it was done classy they trippin eff em Ci-Ci it is what it is

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  6. MusicManiac

    not only do they let the male artist (i.e. trey songs-”invented sex”, chris brown-”take you down”)but they also play rihanna “rude boy” that have lyrics that are just as racy if not worst!
    (come here rude boy boy can you get it up? is it big enough?)
    & lady gaga’s lesbian-like “telephone” video, where she is nude and kissing women.
    Ciara’s video’s heavy choreography eliminates the “too racy” lyrics. give her a chance!

    i think its a little too late for BET to be trying to make the network a family network. besides is there a rap song out that doesn’t refer to SEX,DRUGS,OR VIOLENCE?? (well maybe but thats not the point lol).
    At this rate it wont be long before BET is DONE completely! if it wasn’t for them picking up the sitcom “the game” i would NOT support their channel (lol).

    BET obviously is a double standard, biased channel with favorite…im just saying..

    Good luck ciara trying to make it in this beyonce, rihanna, gaga world….poor girl just

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  7. Ghetto Fab

    Aren’t BET playing Trey Songz pornos on that channel? So Trey Songz “I Invented Sex” is ok to play but Ciara’s ride which only really has sexual innuendos in it can’t be played? And isn’t this the same BET that played Nelly’s “Tip Drill????” Didn’t they have an uncut show for about 2-3 years?? And they have the nerve to ban anything Ciara does? This is beyond ridiculous. BET is nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. Now they wanna act all high and mighty. Boycott BET. I don’t watch them anyway but spread the word. They should not get away with this!

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  8. Hello

    I think some videos should be censored definately – look at videos like Christina Aguilera’s “Not myself tonight” – if I had a kid and they were exposed to that I’d be pissed! Everyone just wants to be naked now and flaunt body parts, I’m so over it. Ciara is a fantastic dancer and a great entertainer. Yeah her video is sensual but there are worse ones out there. BET will play naked chicks on a dudes video though, believe that!

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  9. jerry

    Ciara is soooo hot, the video isnt even bad idk why when BET play everyone else super sexy videos. Just a shame.

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  10. B-Rad

    MTV and VH1 is where the money is anyway. That’s how u really ride to the Top. BET lame ASS whack station has lost many fans and supporters for their hypocritical views even the BET Award show has sucked over the years. Ciara don’t waste your time doing an edit u don’t need to kiss anybody Ass. Your successful anyway… Step on the haterz neck and keep RIIIIDDDDDIINNGGG your way to the top!!!!

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  11. Rhino

    And lest we forget, for five years there was BET: Uncut. Say what you want about that, but it launched plenty of folk’s careers (Lil’ Jon, Ying Yang Twins, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Crooked I, etc.)

    But I agree, BET’s lost focus on this.

    Dear Master P: PLEASE launch your BBTV soon! We need an alternative to the Biggest Executive Traitors!

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  12. bladerunin

    OK they’ll play Nicki Minaj Massive Attack and Trey Song Invented Sex but not Ciara’s Ride. Just like the BET Awards nomination this network continues to go down hill

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  13. Pucci

    BET has been so disappointing over the years. I’m not even gonna waist my time attacking other artist, because the problem is not with them its solely with BET… Sad, sad, sad when they won’t support one of their own.

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  14. Will

    Oh its not only Ciaras Ride video but its also Drakes new video Find Your Love video as well. BET is just so wack now, ever since they failed to do a successful BET Award tribute to Michael Jackson i look at them like there a joke. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    Oh and just to make a point, they can play Nicki Minaj massive attack video but not ciaras Ride video? Lets be serious.

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  15. Chris B

    BET not playing the video will not stop her success!! GOD got her back and she’ll get the success she deserves!

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  16. вeяячℓiσuѕ вeα

    It is just stupid that they are not playing the video

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  17. Kyle

    I agree with the above comments. So many videos on BET are suggestive and feature women in a negative light. Especially the videos where male rappers treat the women as sex objects and nothing else. But when a female artist releases a video that is sexually suggestive it gets banned? It’s stupid.

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  18. LOVE SEX MAGIC

    BET continue to shoot themselves in the foot with these idiotic decisions.

    Can’t say I’m surprised they are the epitome of INCOMPETENT and out of touch .

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  19. KING_GORGEOUS

    R THEY SERIOUS I WAS WONDERING Y IT WASNT ON 106 AND PARK AND ITS BECAUSE IT WAS BANNED R U SERIOUS LOOK AT NICKI MIAJ MASSIVE ATTACK EXPOSING ALL THAT ASS I SAY ALL OF CIARAS FANS PROTEST

    (WE WANT RIDE WE WANT RIDE)

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  20. ...

    she knew what she was doing when she made the video, so i have zero sympathy for her. you can’t dry hump the ground and pop your ass all around while wearing a high cut swimsuit (also, ftr, they censor the lyrics “rude boy”) without knowing that it’s going to stir things up. how is her video any different than hip hop videos that show women? she’s in a fur standing by a hot car in her swimsuit — really? really? this is empowering for women? and owning her sexuality? she got people talking and made herself a little more relevant, so don’t cry for this heffa. all that she’s got goin’ for her is some

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  21. ...

    (continued) ass and her dance skills. with her non-singin’ ass. try harder, ciara.

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  22. BowChickaWahWah

    This sucks, but there’s VH1, MTV, and the internet. Fuck BET.

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  23. Who Gonna Check Me Boo

    I might not care for her new music too 
    much ( I do like blaus) but I do feel BET 
    should play it.   Its not that sexy 

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  24. Perio

    bet is that bull shit..i only watch them to watch the game anyway..TEAM MTV & VH1!

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  25. viewer

    i agree with “…” she knew what she was doing, she was definitely trying to make a very sexual video, she’s booty poppin like a stripper with spandex, and the swimsuit is crazy, the video is almost erotic, and she does suck as a singer, whether BET should ban the video or not that’s their decision if they want to have a “clean” image all of a sudden, but Ciara’s video is definitely a lot more sexual than massive attack or trey songz’ I invented sex

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  26. lil john

    thhose bitches are wrong for that they rather see beyonce cheezy ass girating in that leotard then the see sexy slim ciara they some ass holes!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. GangsterA

    Clean your shoulders ciara those bitches aint worth it

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  28. WOW

    Please just dont start any fights against fans, it’s about BET, not the artists.’

    Ride is erotic and she is a woman with power in this video, I think it should be empowering and even inspiring to maybe drag yourself to the gym!!! ;)

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  29. True Blue

    Although I personally find the video vulgar & disgusting, it is still quite tame compared to what BET allows on their network. Not only rappers with hald-naked hos, but female artists, too. Rihanna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga all have far more provocative videos that air on BET with no problem. I find that very strange. Maybe Ciara’s label arranged this to happen, because they know that a video getting banned=controversy=record sales. It’s a no-brainer. And let’s be honest, except for “Goodies” and “1,2, Step”, Ciara has never been an artist to burn up the mainstream charts. Outside of the urban market, she’s not really big. So her music video getting banned is nothing more than a cooked-up publicity stunt. And by the way, MTV and VH1 don’t show videos anymore, just reality shows.

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  30. pissedoffCiarafan

    NO NO NO!!!! there is nothing wrong with that EPIC video!!!!

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  31. CIARA'S #1! "RIDE" BITCHES

    YESSSS I TOTALLY AGREE WITH MUSIC MANIAC & EVERY1 ELSE IN SUPPORT OF CIARA…..BET IS WRONG THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THERE ARE PLENTY OF VIDEOS THAT ARE VERY SEXUAL & THEY ALLOW THEM TO AIR ON 106 & PARK. CIARA’S VIDEO DOES NOT NEED TO BE TOWNED DOWN SO CICI DONT EVEN SWEAT IT DONT WORRY….YOUR IN A TRANSITION & YOU DESERVE TO TAKE THE DIRECTIONS YOU WANT TO!! DON’T LET ANONE TELL YOU DIFFERENT!! I KNOW U READ RAP-UP C :) SO FEEL PROUD BECAUSE RIDE IS A HIT!! AND U DESERVE THE BEST BOO!! & TO BET YOU SHOULD BE LENDING HANDS TO CIARA!! SHE IS A POWERFUL BLACK WOMAN!! UNTIL CIARA IS GIVEN HER CREDIT & RECOGNITION I REFUSE TO WATCH BET!!!!

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  32. NoHater

    IM GLAD THAT SOME KIND OF MORAL VALUES ARE COMIN BACK ON TV … BUT YE . WHEN IT COMES TO BET BANNING CIARA VIDEO … ITS A LIL BIT UNFAIR.
    IT SHOULD BE PLAYED AFTER 10 PM SO EVERYBODY WILL BE HAPPY:)

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  33. Christina

    Sexist.

    Women aren’t allowed to be publicly sexual if they are doing it a dominating manner. They can strip, grind, anything if it’s in a video starring male rappers, but if a woman wants to come out on her own and be dominant it’s banned. BET is not a channel known for having purely wholesome content. This is clearly a hypocritical move.

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  34. LOLA

    Ciara should sue the hell out of BET and turn it into Ciara Black Entertaiment Television

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  35. M J

    i see it as some straight up bullshit. of all the videos, where you see women wearin g-strings and the all on their ass for about half the video while the rappers or other R&B singers are sayin look at that and got lyrics you definitely dont want children hearing, but oh wait you bleep it out or decide it aint like they gonna remember it, you ban this?! wooooooow. it’s like on the boondocks: you can even learn how make crack nowadays from just watchen music videos but you’re seriously not play ciara’s vid and you wanna say because BET is wholesome?! there are several reasons why i dont BET right now. and this just made the list

    CiCi shouldn’t even be worried about it, as far as BET goes. they could ban all her videos off of that channel for all i give a damn and keep bein hypocrites, that don’t mean the rest of the world’s gonna be that stupid

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  36. LaMont

    BET does suck! I’ve seen videos on that network more racy than the “RIDE” music video! BET needs to step there game up big time.That network is slowly fading!

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  37. kesh

    It is very much way to sexy, but so is the rest of them, Beyonce, rhianna,trey songs. music is mainly about sex and money. (devil) they all have sold out for money. beyonce went from classy to whorish, rhianna the same and looks like ciara is headed down that road. That’s why i stick to jazz, and old school jams

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  38. joselizette06njPhillyTri-State

    your crackin me up alot here rofl lmfao ! i am happy 2 find blog magazine rap-up.com cute site
    blog definitely like this as for the record i am glad SOME 1 beside me LOV the song non-singing
    ciara GREAT DANCER TO ME DEFINITE she is able to danz her azz off inside out moves incredible but ifeel the song is way too sexxxie but ilike the intro down south laid back sound fo ‘sho ya heard, and the beat the rest of the song nope but the beat make it HUGE hit as the laid back beginning early in da mornnnnn lol and when he nsay it at the end same thing love it.but the video yep too risque and i am only a very young
    male in mid twenties but my EVEN younger cuz
    male like me HATE It too dry humpbullshit as well as the horse thing bronco mink pimpcoat she is NOT NEEDIN ALL THIS and i think lady ga is stupid too as well as YEP whorish TREY SONGZ
    all up the video girls women bull shit how tired is this GIVE ME REAL MUSICA BACK ANY DAY
    REAL SING REAL SONGZ AND REAL MC’z as well as lil wayne i am so happy he in jail a long time still i hope rest of year his vidz is worse horrid rock shit as the whole BIG pimpin sex stuff i think went out what wen JAY Z great rap artist retire it,bottom line she know vbetter and sad she cant sing well so she make a horrid video that ONLY FAKE AZZ DUDE homo like or some type of LOSER women and men as i am a real dude
    who YES SAY IT DO NOT TURN ME ON at all to watch cause i see this 100x a day which is why i support BET CANCEL THIS SHIT.peace out 1 as real women do real things big things in life without showin it all or doin such SAME OLE shit every day in life get u r in my opinoin nothin.peace out 1.

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  39. MRB1G

    i don’t get why BET banned this, I don’t have BET so I don’t know if they played “Love, Sex & Magic but if they played that and then compared it to this, I don’t really understand their issue because if you ask me that was way more erotic than this!

    Love them both though, love Ciara, sexy b ;)

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  42. ksolace

    yall say whay yall like but it’s cool when Beyonce does the same thing dress the same way sing llike an screaming cat and they play that garbage……….. bet band from my cablt tv i don’t like none of their programs any way.

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  43. deanna

    Whether male rappers or other female singers do worse or not, ride it is waaaay too hyper sexualized. Kids freaking watch BET and they see ciara riding on a bull with a white wet t-shirt on…. Classic! Common man BET doesn’t impede young black artists from success lol ciara should just come up with something a bit more tasteful. Lyrics are suggestive, dancing is too sensual and well clothing lol. Im glad it got banned. We went from awkward lesbian vibe in telephone, to openly sexual rude boy and now ciara. Where are Alicia keys type black female artists? Black women, not only stars – and all women for that matter – should stop for a second and think about their values and respect for their selves.
    It’s true that it is arguable why ciara got banned and not some other videos. 21st century is pretty much centered around tasteless and talentless young artists who boast actions and behaviors for which you would get called names few decades ago, all together. But personally I felt more offended watching this video than others cause it is true that this one was waaaay too much. Music rules our lives and all this kind of music is promoting is not >have values and respect yourself, but >make your physical appearance your only worth and sleep around. I miss old school soul music

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  44. jessie

    “real women do real things big things in life without showin it all”
    hahaha there you go he said it. nd should i add real men recognize real women ? hmm yeh the rest yall can keep jerkin off to cici in white wet tank on a bull. lol classic i agree

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  45. Crystal

    Its not any more risky than any of the other videos they play on there.. they have women on poles in videos in next to nothing on. It is just that it is a woman coming out with a song like that. when they will play songs that have sex in it. I don’t get it.

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