Rage Against The Machine Protest “PMRC” Naked On Stage

On July 18, 1993, Rage Against The Machine hit the stage in Philadelphia during Lollapalooza and instead of playing music, the four band members, vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, stood on stage naked with duct tape over their mouths and the letters “PMRC” painted on their chests in a protest against censorship.

Rage Against The Machine PRMC RATM Naked Lollapalooza 1993

The PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) worked with the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to create this now-familiar Parental Advisory logo in black and white.  It was known as the “Tipper Sticker” because of Tipper Gore’s visible role in the PMRC.

PRMC Tipper Sticker Rage Against The Machine PRMC

For 15 minutes, the only sounds heard during Rage’s demonstration were guitar feedback and jeers from pissed-off fans who actually wanted to see Rage Against The Machine play.  What started off as a cool protest turned bad quickly as Commerford recalled,

“When we walked out onstage people loved it, they were cheering. But little did they know, we weren’t planning on playing a note. After 10 minutes of standing there naked, what started as cheers turned into bottle throwing, people were just bummed out. We were hauled off by the police… that was a special moment.”

In a bit of irony, the photos and press that followed the band after the incident were all CENSORED!!!

Rage Against The Machine PRMC Naked Protest Nude Censored

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Small

  2. jorge oldverga187 says:

    baby dicks!

    1. Jake Rocheleau says:

      they aren't raging boners, bro… how about we talk about the act of protest and not behave like school children?

  3. Jimmy says:

    So it seems the other 2 commenters just don't get the point of this article or RATM, mind you by the maturity of the replies they probably weren't even born when Rage were at their best.

  4. idinealone says:

    Their dicks aren't small, their balls are just so big (and dense) that their gravity pulls light causing the whole area to look slightly smaller than average.

  5. Schmeegal says:

    The penises are flaccid. Impossible to say how big their erect size is. Male anatomy: learn it.

  6. Cyko says:

    Hello Reddit, you should all stop looking at cocks.

    1. Awesome-Face McGee says:

      YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO.

  7. Michael says:

    Your country really got some fucked up censor laws.

  8. JTS says:

    GODDAMN I LOVE DICKS! TALKING ABOUT OTHER DICKS MAKES MY DICK HARD! DICKS DICKS LOOK AT THEIR DICKS ALL DICKS ALL THE DICKING TIME DICK.

    no straight

  9. Seriously? says:

    Let's see you stand on a stage completely naked in front of hundreds of thousands of people, and then take a look at your dick. I can tell already that yours would most likely have crawled inside you.

    The fact they were able to get up there and do that at all shows they are more man than you could ever hope to be.

  10. johnson says:

    And to think nobody gives a fuck about the PMRC these days.

    I wanna see the PMRC fix 4chan.

  11. Zuluwarrior says:

    I actually find it pretty cool when people use their own bodies as a device of protest. It's raw, simple, and very likely to draw a reaction when photographed. And, even though some people get fixated with the nudity (as seen in this comments section), the memory possesses an inextricable human message to it.

    I don't listen to Rage Against the Machine very much but this image of rebellion speaks loudly- even 18 years later.

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