Top Ten Controversies of Madonna

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Madonna is often called as the 'Queen Of Controversy'. And no wonder at that - there never was any other personality in history as voluntarily controversial as Madonna.

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1The 'Like A Prayer' Music Video

Madonna has combined spirituality and erotica in many of her works. But the music video for her legendary hit single 'Like A Prayer' was outrageous and universally banned. The Pope himself spoke against it - he also forbade Madonna to enter the Vatican and called a boycott of Madonna's music. But this only generated interest, and finally made 'Like A Prayer' one of the best selling single of all time. Today the music video is regarded as the second greatest music video of history, behind Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'. - TheSudhanva

An amazing video with an amazing story

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2The 'Sex' Book

I happen to own this book! Awesome naritive and even has some interesting stories. This is a unique piece of pop history I feel lucky to own. I bought it the day it hit shelves & wouldn't sell for any amount of $. If you're lucky enough to find one, PAY THE PRICE! It's worth it. I just wish I could have been in the book.

Madonna's first book was a huge besteller, and also one of the most controversial books of history. - TheSudhanva

After it was banned by the ALA, Madonna wrote another one which is aimed towards preschoolers entitled "The English Roses" because "English Roses" is a childrens picture book similar to "Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie" and "Show Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie" by Sophia Grace Brownlee & Rosie McClelland. - playstationfan66

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3The 'Justify My Love' Music Video

Sexually explicit and bordering on porn, this video was banned by MTV and most other music stations. But Madonna 'justified' the video. Today, the video is considered one of the greatest music videos of all time. - TheSudhanva

Utterly amazing artistic video but so controversial I love what madonna can do

If someone miss this song and video, he misses half of his life, best song ever.

4The Performance Of 'Live To Tell' On The Confessions Tour

This was a case of everybody wanting to judge the performance without even seeing or understanding it. If you watch this complete performance, you would actually see that her message is in line with the message of Jesus. This was an outcry to help the children in Malawi. Yes, she used a strong symbol in order to get attention, but it was not meant in an offensive way. She was using the symbol of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. It symbolized the fact that these children are dying while we might be in a position to help them. At the end of the performance, she comes off of the cross and removes the crown of thorns in an effort to say that it isn't too late and we can make a difference. Incredibly powerful performance.

Madonna sang her classic hit 'Live To Tell' while hanging from a cross - something that caused religious outcry. But the Confessions Tour remains the second-highest grossing tour by a female artist - beaten by only Madonna's next tour - the Sweet & Sticky Tour. - TheSudhanva

One of the best strong performance ever, the message was clear. love the concept of the confession tour and live to tell performance.

5The Late Show With David Letterman, March 31, 1994

Madonna spoke openly in this interview with David Letterman - TOO openly, leading to the show been heavily censored, and also to the show having one of its highest viewerships and ratings. - TheSudhanva

6The 'Erotica' Album And Music Video

It was hard to choose. Madge is real Queen of Controversy. Erotica is one of my favorite albums from her but it was very scandalous and controversial period - Irina2932

Madonna's mst sexually proactive period was full of signs of career concerns and controversies. - TheSudhanva

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8The 'American Life' Music Video

The atmosphere was tense and tentative - the US had just waged the war against terrorism - and Madonna released the music video for her song 'American Life'. In it she openly disagreed with her country, stating that further war on the Middle-East was futile and would lead only to further death and destruction. Americans branded her as anti-America. She publicly declared that she was 'neither pro-Iraq nor anti-America, but only pro-peace' and would continue to be a revolutionary in her own small way. Sadly, this resulted in a great drop in her popularity in America - her later albums sold very few copies there, though they deserved multi-multi-platinum status. But years later, Obama would cease the war against Iraq. - TheSudhanva

For a while I thought that this music video would bring the end of Madonna. But no - she came back with Confessions On A Dancefloor and yet again succeeded! There's nothing that can stop the Material Girl, people.

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10The Performance of 'Like a Virgin' On MTV

Love that performance she is the best I wish I was alvie to see her whole career from then to now

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12Madonna in Playboy 1985

Nude pictures of Madonna from the 1970's, printed when she became famous in 1985. Madonna responded by saying "I am not ashamed".

13Like A Virgin

This song is one of the most famous songs ever, and was Madonna's first international hit. Even today it is a favorite among many, and is considered animmortal classic of music. But the lyrics, older generations pointed, referred to premarital sex. Nevertheless, this song became a huge hit, and is considered one of Madonna's signature songs. - TheSudhanva

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14Papa Don't Preach

This song was a global hit, and a favorite among the youth, but older people thought it glorified premarital sex and teenage pregnancy, but Madonna said she only meant to speak against abortions. - TheSudhanva

15Madonna's Playful Relationship With Sandra Bernhard
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17Body of Evidence

This movie came around the time of "Erotica" and added to the controversy that Madonna had already been receiving. The movie portrays vivid sex scenes in which Madonna and her partner partake in a sadomasochistic relationship.

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