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Mayor apologizes for profanity at July 4th concert

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The mayor of Philadelphia is apologizing for the profanity used by rapper Nicki Minaj and comedian Marlon Wayans during a family-friendly July Fourth concert.

Mayor Michael Nutter said Monday that cursing hasn't been problem at the show in recent years. He says performers are supposed to adhere to network TV standards.

The free outdoor concert, which featured multiple acts, was aired live on WPVI-TV. The station censored the broadcast when foul language was used.

Nutter says The Roots and singer Ed Sheeran edited their songs to avoid profanity but were still bleeped, creating the appearance they cursed.

He says performers Jennifer Hudson and Aloe Blacc kept it clean, although Vicci Martinez used one inappropriate word.

A TV station spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.

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Jul 19, 2014 2:28PM
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So stampguy50 what is Vicki Martinez you douche or are you using that very offensive explicative to describe everyone that may have used foul language?  Cause seriously if not I am sick and tired of you ophae's thinking y'all don't do anything wrong!  Douche and how do you know what the rappers spend/  Exactly so shut the f**k up!
Jul 19, 2014 1:01PM
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Hilarious.  Censors bleep certain acts just out of fear that they will curse, then miss others. Man, we spend way too much time worrying about this stuff.  The artists in question have never produced stuff for kids - why have them at a "family friendly" event?  Dumb show producers.
Jul 19, 2014 12:50PM
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let's be real here, Mr. Mayor.  You invite inner city thugs and ****ers, what did you expect??  If you want the family folks, which by the way spend a whole lot more $$ than the rap punks, then it is to be announced as such, and quality entertainment should be brought in that adheres to these values. Some say that is racist, so let's discuss that.  I NEVER heard Diana Ross and the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Temptations, the Chiffons, and the list goes on and on, EVER use profanity.  They were popular with everyone.  Add B.B. King, the Bird (for those of you intellects - that is Charlie Parker).  Lay down some smooth Jazz, expand your mind with this.  Let's try and elevate the citizens, instead of the "gansta" crap that is so  prevalent.  Give the young people some real music to listen to and maybe they get inspired to do something with their lives.
Jul 19, 2014 12:35PM
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Are They For Real? Like the next time Philly you throw a family friendly event on the 4th of July see if Dwight Yoakum is available or Wayne Newton................Seriously!!! PHILLY GETS THE C'MON SON LOOK SMDH LMAO
Jul 16, 2014 3:59PM
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(((Gasp!)))  Shock waves!  This is unbelievable and so totally unexpected!!  Allow me to apologize as well.   How dare they invite vulgar mouthed entertainers and then expect them to go all Disney on the people! Please!! 
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