Thursday 17 January 2019

This Madonna interview from 1990 shows just how much of a trailblazer she is

Madonna in the Justify My Love music video
Madonna in the Justify My Love music video
Madonna in the Justify My Love music video
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Music, movies, feminism: It's hard to think of anything that Madonna doesn't do quite well, except for maybe faux British accents.

She might enjoy the status that comes with being a living legend in 2018, but in 1990, she was still defending herself against conservative criticism, not too unlike the debate against censorship in media which is still waging today. She appeared on ABC's Nightline to defend the controversy around her Justify My Love video, which was banned by MTV for being too sexually explicit.

A clip of her response is recirculating online.  "I think MTV should have their violence hour and I think they should have their degradation to women hour," she said.

"If we’re going to have censorship, let’s not be hypocrites about it. Let’s not have double standards. We already have these videos that have violence and show degradation to women being shown 24 hours a day, but yet they don’t want a video playing that deals with sex between two consenting adults."

Cone bras might be out of fashion, but this devotion to feminism is timeless.

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