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Monday, August 1, 2011

MTV at 30: The Top 10 Most Controversial Music Videos (NSFW)

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM

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1. Madonna -- "Like a Prayer" (1989)

No nudity or blood here, but Madonna didn't need them to turn the world on its head. Toying with (at least) two of society's classic taboos, Madonna has sex with an African-American man on a church pew. To add a little extra fuel to the fire (literally), she also sings in front of a field of burning crosses.

That plus all the other crazy stuff in this video proved enough to piss off pretty much everyone, even the Pope (again, literally), who declared that Madonna could not step foot in Italy.

At the time, Madonna had just starred in a huge Pepsi commercial; outraged Christian groups called for boycotts against Pepsi, which eventually relented and dropped its sponsorship of the pop star.

We doubt this video would create that kind of backlash today, but Madonna must have known what she was getting into. And for that, mad props.

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