When it was initially released this song sparked some controversy and was banned by the BBC and many US station refused to play it. Mostly it was the shock of hearing DJs announce the song, as it was the first major hit with the word “sex” in the title, but it was also controversial amid concerns that the song was promoting promiscuity in the age of AIDS,
The song became accepted after George Michael was able to explain himself. Michael issued a statement in saying, “The media has divided love and sex incredibly. The emphasis of the AIDS campaign has been on safe sex, but the campaign has missed relationships. It’s missed emotion. It’s missed monogamy. ‘I Want Your Sex’ is about attaching lust to love, not just to strangers.”
Eventually concerns about the song died down and the shock value of the title wore off, most Top 40 radio stations, as well as the BBC, warmed up to the it.