MADONNA VIDEO ENDS WITH IMAGE OF
PRESIDENT BUSH WITH GRENADE IN HIS LAP
28 March: A final shock scene in the video of AOLTIMEWARNER recording artist Madonna's upcoming release -- is that of the singer throwing a grenade in the lap of President Bush!
"It is not me being anti-Bush, it's me being ironic and tongue in cheek," Madonna explains to NBC's ACCESS HOLLYWOOD this weekend.
"My kind of wish for peace and my desire to sort of turn a weapon of destruction, which is a grenade, into something that is completely innocuous."
Madonna uses a Bush look-alike in the final scene of AMERICAN LIFE. 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 says.
Last month the DRUDGE REPORT first revealed how Madonna was hoping to cause maximum controversy with the new video.
AMERICAN LIFE will make its debut late next week.
MATERIAL GIRL IN A POLITICAL WORLD:
MADONNA PLANS VIDEO TO PROTEST WAR, BUSH
9 Feb: Madonna is hoping to cause maximum controversy with a new video from her forthcoming CD, AMERICAN LIFE, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.
Editing is in progress on a musical video concept which insiders say may be the most shocking anti-war, anti-Bush statement yet to come from the showbusiness industry.
"She's taking it all the way this time," one source said from Los Angeles over the weekend, "pushing all of the buttons... It is a sweeping political commentary on the modern 'American Dream' and how 'nothing is what is seems.'"
The song will be released to radio next week.
Dressed in commando fatigues, Madonna throws grenades as the techno terror beat pounds, claims a source. Limb-less men and women are reportedly shown, with bloody babies.
One disturbing clip features Iraqi children.
"The video escalates into a mad frenzy depicting the catastrophic repercussion and horror of war."
Madonna spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg did not return repeated calls seeking comment.
The shock film for AMERICAN LIFE comes as Madonna returns to the musical spotlight with a CD of original songs, set for an April release.
"AMERICAN LIFE is about freedom of speech," claims an insider. "It examines not only war, greed and ego, but it's self-reflective also. Madonna rejects her 'Material Girl' image once and for all, and warns of life in a material world."
Drudge Report Exclusive - 3-28-03