Music videos with a provocative edge

Here are eight videos by artists over the past five years that have upset people with controversial scenes or issues

Music power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, as The Carters, released a lavishly shot music video for Apes**t that features them (above) and a bevy of dancers performing in front of iconic art pieces such as the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Music power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, as The Carters, released a lavishly shot music video for Apes**t that features them (above) and a bevy of dancers performing in front of iconic art pieces such as the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris.PHOTOS: NYTIMES, RCA RECORDS, REUTERS, YOUTUBE

Music videos have courted controversy ever since the medium took off in the 1980s, with artists pressing hot-button issues such as religion and sex in them.

Madonna, for example, has touched on both with her Like A Prayer (1989) and Justify My Love (1990) clips.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2018, with the headline 'Music videos with a provocative edge'. Subscribe