Madonna announced Tuesday that she was blocking the U.S. release of the video for her new single, "American Life," saying "I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time." She added, "Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video."
Too late. "American Life," had already made its debut on German television on Monday, after she defended it to MTV last week, saying, "It's about trying to get a message out that if we want peace and love in our life, then we have to make it happen in the world."
Copies of the video quickly proliferated on the Web. One of those is below:
To watch the video (RealPlayer), click here.