Perhaps shealways breaks with convention because she sees things in adifferent light than the rest of society. This essay shall focuson the video which accompanies the title track from her 1989album, “Like A Prayer,” which certainly had its share ofcontroversy. Probably the most startling image in the music video was that ofseveral burning crosses on a lawn or a hill. These crosses were inthe background, while Madonna was facing the camera and singing. When I saw the music video for the first time, this particularsection of the video made me sit up and intently watch mytelevision screen. The first things I thought about were, “She’s avery outspoken woman for doing this! Boy, she’s got a lot ofnerve! I believe she was raised Catholic, and she’s making amockery of the Catholic Church by doing so! The Pope would beoffended, to say the least!” The radical approach to dispose ofany religion (or a person’s religious or pious fervor) is at leastshocking.
The cross is the symbol of Christianity and all itstands for. Seeing the cross engulfed in fire — which symbolizes(and is) a destructive force — would be very disturbing foranyone to see, Christian or not. I sat up and took notice, and I’mnot even Christian — I am Jewish. Furthermore, the fact thatMadonna is singing in front of the crosses (and consequently, notdoing anything to stop the crosses burning) implies that shecondones cross-burning.
This thought asks three questions. Doesshe also condone the Ku Klux Klan, which also burns crosses? Doesshe like the idea of religion and/or atheism in any way at all?Does Madonna believe in God? These are all very deep and probingquestions, which can only be answered truthfully by Madonnaherself. Another small piece of the music video showed Madonna kissing ablack man. While I personally feel that love is blind and has noboundaries, a vast majority of America cocked an eyebrow to thisscene. In recent years, a television situation comedy and a majormotion picture have both built on interracial relationships as thecore of the storyline. “True Colors” was on the Fox Network, builtaround a black man married to a white woman.
Spike Lee’s movie”Jungle Fever” also had a black man and a white woman. Lee’sreason why he did a story of a black man and a white woman (andnot a white man and a black woman) was that the white woman hasbeen stereotyped to be the essence of all beauty, and that theblack man has been stereotyped to be a stud. (It is true thatfilms and television shows have been made which focused onrelationships between white men and black women; an example is thefilm “Soul Man.”) Does Madonna have any feelings for men of