NOTE: Check out the super-high
resolution video stills to the right,
courtesy the the wonderful Madonna Capture!
"Papa Don't Preach"
was, surprisingly, one of Madonna's more
controversial singles. The lyrics suggested that
Madonna's teenage character became pregnant with
her boyfriend's child, and decided not to have an
abortion and to "keep her baby." One
would expect right-wingers to support this
anti-abortion stance, but many criticized her
anyway. A small group even made a response music
video called "Madonna Don't Preach."
Amidst all this controversy many ignored that the
song (and video) could both be interpreted on a
much simpler level -- Madonna simply wanted to
date a guy her father didn't like, her
"baby" being her boyfriend.
The song was one of Madonna's biggest hits,
one of six singles she had spend multiple weeks
at #1. The video is also one of her most
compelling, skillfully telling the story of a
conflicted teenager, juxtaposed with Madonna
singing the song and dancing in a tight-fitting
TRIVIA: In one
quick shot of the video, Madonna's breast slips
slightly out of her black outfit and for a
split-second her nipple is visible. This slip-up
was found accidentally while the editors were
piecing together, as they just happened to freeze
the video on the exact moment it occurs. Since it
is so surreptitious, no effort was made to blur