Today in Madonna History: April 1, 2003

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On April 1, 2003, Madonna pulled the American Life video and released a statement explaining why:

“I have decided not to release my new video. It was filmed before the war started and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time. Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video.”

The video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund.

One thought on “Today in Madonna History: April 1, 2003

  1. Along with the movie sidetrip, the Sex book and the marriages to Sean and Guy-and being an expatriate in England and the acoustic guitar, file American Life under Maddy’s ideas that didn’t work out as planned. That whole era-2003/04- was a time when I LOOKED AT MADONNA FROM A DISTANCE! Where was her mind at and what was she really thinking at the time. Artistically and commercially, American Life was Madonna’s low point and nadir. I DON’T LOOK BACK VERY FONDLY AT ALL ABOUT THIS PERIOD FOR MADONNA. Madonna at her most confused, perplexed, misunderstood and freaked up! As far as radio was concerned, Madonna was ostracized. And as far as the public was concerned, Lady Madge has never fully recovered from the American Life episode. That’s too bad and a damn shame because I still love Madonna. Ultimately, as the song said-Nobody’s Perfect. I FORGIVE HER!

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