Like a Prayer

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! With Madonna having performed in Toronto last night (and again tonight!) it’s only proper to tune it back to one of her classics, “Like a Prayer”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: March 3, 1989

TRIVIA: The music video, directed by Mary Lambert, portrays Madonna as a witness to a murder of a white girl by white supremacists. While a black man is arrested for the murder, Madonna hides in a church for safety seeking strength to go forth as a witness. The clip depicts Catholic symbols such as stigmata, Ku Klux Klan-style cross burning, and a dream about kissing a black saint. After its release, the Vatican condemned the video, while family and religious groups protested its broadcast. They boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, which used the song for a commercial. Madonna’s contract with Pepsi was then canceled, although she was allowed to retain her initial fee.

See you next Tuesday!!

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