Madonna has gone on the defensive after YouTube slapped her latest video (embedded below) with a viewing age restriction.
Speaking to Jimmy Fallon in a Facebook interview, the 53-year-old pop legend brushed off YouTube’s decision to keep the ‘Girls Gone Wild’ video adults-only, insisting, “How could you go wild and not grind?”
Well yeah, like duh, YouTube.
Amongst other things, Madge’s latest promo features plenty of flesh, men snogging an apple, and another chap vigorously rubbing his crotch. What looks like another overly glossy, banal, desperate-to-be-shocking Madonna video to most people left YouTube bosses hot under the collar. They made the clip viewable only to those aged 18 or above, and requested Madonna submit a recut version.
A YouTube rep told the New York Post:
“We review all videos flagged by our users against our community guidelines. In some cases we age restrict flagged material that, while not in violation of those guidelines, contains images that may be unsuitable for younger users.”
When asked by Jimmy Fallon in her Saturday night Facebook chat about the restrictions on the video, Madonna retorted:
“I’m supposed to be a girl gone wild in the video! How could you go wild and not grind? This is the question that people should be asking.”
She has a point. I mean, if you are going to go ‘wild’, ‘grinding’ does seem to be obligatory, non? But then Madonna videos being clipped, restricted, censored or even banned is nothing new, as the singer’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, pointed out:
“Some things never change. This is a throwback to when MTV refused to show ‘Justify My Love’ [in 1990].”
Whether Madonna will agree to agree to churn out a recut version isn’t known. Here’s the offending video in full (and GOD HELP ME IF YOU’RE NOT EIGHTEEN):