- - Sunday, December 11, 2011

NBC now vetting songs chosen by ‘Fallon’ band

NBC is now checking the songs the Roots play on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” after the band performed an off-color song during Michele Bachmann’s appearance on the show last month, the Associated Press reports.

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the Roots says now he has to “clear a lot of the song choices” with the network.

“It’s still a comedy show, so they promise not to step on my toes or that type of thing, but they definitely want to know the title of the song, the subject matter of the song, can it be seen as an insult?” he said.

When the Republican presidential candidate appeared on the Nov. 22 show, house band the Roots played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” A day later, the Minnesota congresswoman received a letter from NBC’s vice president for late-night programming, Doug Vaughan; Mr. Fallon also apologized.

“It was kind of wrong for me to throw [NBC] under the bus without telling them what it was, so I understand from a business standpoint,” Questlove said.

The drummer of the Roots said he heard from members of Fishbone after the incident. The veteran rock band is the subject of a recent documentary, “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone,” so for them, the controversy likely helped.

“They have a movie out so I guess for them at least the stars were aligned,” he said. “They’re one of my favorite bands, like I tip my hat to those guys.”

Occupy Wall Street protest shuts down ‘SVU’ episode

A protest by about 100 Occupy Wall Street members in New York City shut down production of an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” according to the Associated Press.

The Daily News reported Friday that the protesters arrived around midnight at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. The show was making an episode with an Occupy theme.

About 100 police officers appeared as the protesters roamed around the park, inspecting tents and signs built by the production company.

A protester from Brooklyn Heights, Drew Hornbein, said the movement is “not part of corporate TV America.”

The newspaper said a police officer with a bullhorn announced that the city had rescinded the film permit, which drew cheers.

Arrests were threatened, but the crowd dispersed and the set was dismantled.

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