Madonna is no stranger to controversy. In the last few months, she's posted a photo of her teenage son posing with a bottle of gin, a photo of a penis-shaped bong and offended most of the internet by using the n-word in reference to her son - and that's just her Instagram account.
Her latest bizarre Instagram post is a photo of herself posing in a bra, showing the full extent of her underarm bush. She wrote "Long hair...... Don't care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove"
Madonna's #artforfreedom is a reference to an online initiative encouraging artistic creativity while bringing awareness to human rights issues, but that's not what people are talking about.
The Like a Virgin singer seems to have created the same amount of heat by showing her underarm hair growing wild and free as she did photographing her underage son holding a bottle of alcohol.
Madonna doesn't just use Instagram to propagate strange material, and in fact courting controversy is something Madonna has been doing for more than 30 years.
Her most recent foray into video has already caused some confusion. While it's not necessarily offensive, Madonna's minute-long ad for her skincare line MDNA is definitely bizarre.
Check out the ad below.
In the ad for products which are currently only available in Japan, Madonna provocatively writhes around on the floor and in a bathtub while her voice over rambles about "creation", "alchemy" and "essence ... your amber silken skin smells of your mind".
While the ad is strange, Madonna's music videos have often been much more provocative and controversial. A number of her film clips over the years have received bans for offensive content.
The video for her 2001 single What It Feels Like for a Girl was banned by most music video channels in the United States for being far too violent. It depicts a woman on a violent spree, and at one point she points a gun at policemen.
Her 1992 film clip for Erotica was also banned, and the Vatican formerly prohibited Madonna from entering their state because of the explicitly sexual nature of the song and accompanying music video.
The 1990 music video for Justify My Love was the most controversial of all, depicting sadomasochism and bisexuality. Safe to say that clip was instantly banned as well.
The singer's 1989 video for Like a Prayer, which depicted burning crosses, also drew loud condemnation from religious groups around the world.
Like a Prayer was not the only Madonna performance to attract strong reactions from religious groups.
German prosecutors threatened to sue her for blasphemy, the Russian Orthodox Church condemned her and an Italian priest called for her excommunication for her performance of Live to Tell during her Confessions tour in 2006. Madonna performed the song while on a cross, wearing a crown of thorns on her head.
Really; after all that, her recent Instagram snaps and skincare ad seem positively mild.
- Sydney Morning Herald
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