Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) got plenty of attention when he scolded Hollywood about sex and violence in movies, TV and pop music. But, as The Times reports today (see Page A1), Dole's comments aren't changing the face of show business. Yet. The creative and business powerbrokers will tell you they've always been thoughful about what they produce. Here, then, are some snapshots of life on the front lines:
Singer-actress; partner, Maverick music and film
Other than a few rappers, no pop music figure has been subject to more attacks concerning content and imagery in recent years than Madonna--from her early Boy Toy persona to her use of religious iconography in the 1989 video "Like a Prayer" (which cost her a Pepsi sponsorship) to her explicit 1992 book "Sex."
Looking back, does Madonna, 36, wonder if maybe she's gone a bit too far?
"No," she says, sitting in the Hollywood headquarters of her Maverick music and film company with her manager and partner, Freddy DeMann. "All the reactions to everything I've done have only sort of further pointed out what a narrow-minded society we live in and how people go through life without questioning things."
It's a subject she teasingly addresses in her latest video, "Human Nature," an intentionally silly whips 'n' leather scene built on the mantra-like refrain "Express yourself, don't repress yourself."