Nine Inch Nails has scrapped plans to perform at next week's MTV Movie Awards after the cabler refused to let them perform their anti-war anthem "The Hand That Feeds" in front of an image of President Bush. "We were set to perform [the song] with an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop," frontman

Trent Reznor said in a statement posted on the band's website. "Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me." Responds MTV: "While we respect Nine Inch Nails' point of view, we were uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement. When we discussed our discomfort with the band, their choice was to unfortunately pull out of the Movie Awards." Hey, at least they weren't gonna molest his image. It could have been a lot worse.