The music video has always been a great promotional tool, but it has also has the potential to provoke and make us think. While most artists go for a simple performance or club video, some have used their videos to push the envelope. Inspired by M.I.A.’s “Born Free” video (which was recently banned by Youtube), here’s a look at 14 of the most controversial music videos ever.
Madonna “Like A Prayer”
This video was Madonna’s grand artistic statement, released at the height of her popularity, and caused quite a stir for a number of reasons. It basically pushed all of America's buttons - from race, to sex, to religion. To this day it probably caused the biggest scene out of any music video - because of it, Madonna lost a $5 Million Pepsi Endorsement, outraged catholics worldwide, and . What’s so controversial about this video? Well, start with the burning crosses. Add a black Jesus-like figure, stigmata and Madonna making out with black Jesus and you have one of the most controversial videos of all time.