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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Culture: Revenge of the Ghost Rider reports that Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B.'s "Ghost Ride It" video has been banned from all media outlets because of the video's use of the Ghostbusters car and logo. Mistah F.A.B.'s "Ghost Ride It" song exploits the phenomenon of "ghost riding," which is when the driver stands on the hood of a moving vehicle and dances a jig (and preferably tapes it for exhibition on YouTube or those 'Dummies Gone Wild' video shows).

According to reps for Mistah F.A.B., who appeared on Fox's Hanity & Colmes show over the subject, the video for the single had already been edited 52 times to meet MTV and BET's guidelines. The video was being aired on MTV2's Unleashed MTV Jams, MTVU and MTV's Sucker Free Countdown when Columbia Pictures threatened legal action over the usage of the Ghostbuster's logo and likeness in the video.

In Dec. 2006, the song came under scrutiny when an 18-year-old man and a 36-year-old man died in separate ghost riding incidents.

*AKI COMMENT: You would think that the resulting deaths from ghost riding would be more of an issue for banning ghost riding videos, but eh, I guess the misuse of logos is a bit more pressing. Either way, you can't ban these streets - check out more Ghost Riding mayhem from YouTube:

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