MADONNA PULLS NEW SHOCK VIDEO IN USA; SCENES OF TRANSVESTITE SOLDIERS, GRENADE THROWN AT BUSH; DEBUTS IN GERMANY
AOLTIMEWARNER recording mogul Madonna late Monday announced she will not release her shock video AMERICAN LIFE in the United States -- a short which depicted soldiers dressed as transvestites in a fashion show along with a scene of the star throwing a grenade at a President Bush look-alike!
"I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video," Madonna announced.
Instead, AMERICAN LIFE aired Monday night on German Music TV. It received strong applause from those in the studio.
The DRUDGE REPORT obtained the clip, which is by far the most controversial work ever made by the artist.
Scenes of stealth bombers and missile launches are edited with flashes of the American flag, while Madonna is shown urinating on a toilet.
Later, images of mushroom clouds are mixed with innocent faces of Iraqi children.
"F**k It!" Madonna says in the video, moments before she pulls the pin on a grenade and throws it at a President Bush look alike.
The "president" picks up the lit grenade that Madonna throws -- and lights his cigar with it!
The image is "my wish to find an alternative to violence to war and destruction," the singer said over the weekend before deciding to shelve the project. "...It's me being ironic and tongue in cheek."
Madonna claims the video has been "the subject of rumors and misinformation."
"It was filmed before the war started," she explains, "and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time."
Last month, the DRUDGE REPORT revealed in an exclusive how editing was in progress on "the most shocking anti-war, anti-Bush statement yet to come from the showbusiness industry."
"[AMERICAN LIFE] may still get aired this week throughout Europe," a WARNER BROS. source said late Monday.
It was not immediately clear if the 5-minute video would be offered for purchase in the United States.
As the NEW YORK TIMES questioned if the superstar "may be looking at the final stages of a long career."
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