Madonna has finally released the original music video of the song American Life. For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, the video was banned 20 years ago due to some controversial content.
The duration of the music video for the song American Life is five minutes. Keep scrolling further to know more insights about the original version of the song which was scrapped 20 years ago.
Madonna releases the original music video of the song ‘American Life’
Madonna popularly known by the fans as the ‘Queen of Pop’ has finally dropped the original music video of the song American Life. The five-minute video of the song begins with models walking down a runway in army costumes as Madonna sang about life in the spotlight.
Soon after, the models were joined by the victims of the war in the music video, who they started beating as blood spewed onto the runway. The audience watching the fashion show laughed as the violence continued. Their laughter went on even as bloodied bodies were being dragged across the stage without their limbs.
Then, the photos of the real war victims started appearing on the screen before Madonna burst from backstage in a tank eventually killing the snooty-looking fashion-goers with a grenade. In the music video, we can see the members of the army beating the war victims.
Back in the day, the music video of the song American Life was supposed to be a commentary on the then-ongoing American invasion of Iraq. She mixed haute-couture with the brutality of the war.
Then, the Like a Virgin singer faced immense backlash even before the music video aired. At that time, Madonna decided to release a highly censored version of the American Life instead.
What did Madonna have to say about the original music video of ‘American Life’?
Then, the American singer-songwriter stated the original version of the song “was filmed before the war started” and didn’t think it would be “appropriate to air” — despite already airing abroad.
The Back That Up To That Beat singer said, “Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video.”
How did the fans react to the music video of ‘American Life’?
One social media user wrote, “Now a whole new generation is going to appreciate her and discover why Madonna still relevant. This is just the tip of the iceberg: she knows how to use a video in her favor, maximizing her artistic point of view. Bravo!”
Another fan chimed in, “I’ve waited 20 years to see this video as intended. 20 years have passed, and it’s still as brilliant, and incendiary as it ever was. While everyone else zigs, Madonna zags. Two steps ahead then, and now. American Life is an incredible artistic statement. I hope everyone sees it, and finally gives her all the flowers.”
A user penned, “That’s a really great music video and reminder of how terrible war is. Huge respect to Madonna to speak her mouth as loud as possible and using her fame and global audience to be heard. “American Life” turned 20 a couple of days ago and I think that’s a really underrated album. The most political of her but she wanted to talk about this and she did it. Thanks for director’s cut M!”
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