Banned On MTV: A Trio of Madonna Classics (NSFW)

“PEPSI COMMERCIAL” banned by Pepsi

madonna1One of the cutest commercials of the 80’s, a young Madonna looks back at herself as a little girl, fascinated by what her future holds. This was Madonna at her pinnacle, a pop music princess who changed the way young women looked at dance music. Absolutely love the dancing, the choir, the style of the clip. Why was it banned? The music was “Like A Prayer” and after seeing Madonna’s religious, sexual music video for the song, Pepsi didn’t want their product associated with this song. What a shame, great 80’s commercial!

“WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR A GIRL”      MADONNA

mad 00Madonna has to be considered one of the top 5 music video artists of all-time.   Groundbreaking creativity, pushing the envelope, utilizing some of the finest directors and artists worldwide to make the music video a legitimate art form.   Sometimes, Madonna’s visions were more than MTV could handle.   “Erotica”, “Justify My Love”, “American Life”, “Like A Prayer”, and “What It Feels Like For A Girl” were all either banned or restricted to late night viewings only.   Here’s the video for the latter where Madonna goes on a crime spree.  The ultra-violent scenes generated the ban.

“EROTICA” NSFW

madonna sexIn October of 1992, Madonna not only released her Erotica CD, she followed it up with a $50 coffee table book named appropriately “Sex”. The cover was a metalicized plastic cover and inside were softcore pornographic pictures of Madonna with a slew of famous friends. Naomi Campbell, Big Daddy Kane, Isabella Rossalini, Vanilla Ice, and Tatiana von Furstenberg were cast along side Madonna. There was a bonus CD wrapped in a condom wrapper that featured a stripped down version of Erotica. Here’s the Not Suitable For Work uncensored version of Madonna’s hit, “Erotica”.

“AMERICAN LIFE” (banned version)

madonna__american_life“What It Feels Like To Be A Girl” was banned for violence. “Erotica” censored for sexuality. “Like A Prayer” for religious imagery. “American Life” in its original form was too controversial for MTV by attacking U.S. military actions and ultimately ends with Madonna playfully tossing a grenade at George W Bush. The inclusion of Madonna rapping at the end of the song probably deserved to be banned, but the G.I. Jane styled video was a creative visual image created by Madonna and her team. The second version was much more tame and featured Madonna with a number of international flags behind her.

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