Although Philly’s 2014 4th Of July Jam went down without an incident of violence, the mayor is still catching backlash for the artists involved using the freedom of speech to express themselves.

Michael Nutter is issuing apologizes over the curse words used by Nicki Minaj, Marlon Wayans and a few other performers during the live broadcast.

Via the Associated Press:

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.

The superstar’s latest freestyle, “No Flex Zone (Remix)”, didn’t cut any corners in terms of explicit material and became a trending topic worldwide yesterday, July 15.

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