March 20, 2001
Madonna's What It Feels Like For A Girl video, directed by her hubby Guy Ritchie, is set to air simultaneously on MTV and VH1 (along with a streaming video feed from AOL as well), on Tuesday, March 20th at 11:30 pm.
But here's the rub: It won't be added to either music channel's regular rotations. Bowing to current day, politically correct pressures they have chosen to error on the side of caution and air it in its entirety only once due to the graphic violence it depicts. In the video, Madonna, after picking up Grandma, threatens police officers with a squirt gun while sideswiping there vehicle, crashes into another car full of men who wink at her, and mugs a man at an ATM with a stun gun before running her stolen car into a lamppost in what appears to be an intentional act (although, in classic Madonna fashion, this is open to viewer interpretation).
Madonna explains that she is portraying a self-described nihilistic pissed-off chick, and goes on to say that "the video shows my character acting out a fantasy and doing things girls are not allowed to do. This is an angry song and I wanted a matching visual with an edgy dance mix."
"There's a lot of violence in the video," adds Liz The Validator Rosenberg. "It tells the story of a woman who has probably been abused. it's very strong. it's not the last video you'd want to see before going to sleep at night."
Does Madonna die in the video? According to Guy, all the answers to the video can be found in Greek mythology. Hmmm.