From Kanye West to Madonna, these gory and graphic clips got people talking — for better or for worse.
Music videos are a perfect opportunity to expand the story of a song.
The best music videos can showcase killer choreography, Halloween-ready attire, or movie levels of cinematic gold; others can spark controversies, no matter how well-intended. Whether centered around copious bloodshed or near-pornographic nudity (sorry, Mom and Dad), there's one thing all controversial music videos have in common: They get people talking.
Here are 13 music videos released over the past 30-plus years that have sparked disputes. Watch at your own risk.
Madonna, “Like a Prayer”
"Like a Prayer" took a twist on many tropes of Christianity, like, uh, hooking up with a Saint and dancing suggestively in front of multiple burning crosses. Pope John Paul II encouraged people to boycott Madonna altogether in Italy.
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