Though it was named the Country Music Association’s Music Video of the Year in 1991, Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls” caused quite a storm in the country scene. The video’s depiction of domestic violence between a vengeful wife and a cheating husband led the Nashville Network and Country Music Television to ban its airing. But the criticism wasn’t unanimous: several radio stations started “save the video” petitions, and some women’s shelters voiced support. Brooks’ own wife at the time allegedly disapproved of scenes in the video but later defended him when the controversy drew public attention.
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