Madonna’s ‘Girl Gone Wild’ video too ‘raunchy’ for YouTube

Singer's management ordered to tone down promo

Madonna‘s video for her new single, ‘Girl Gone Wild’, has been deemed too inappropriate by YouTube.

The singer’s promo has been banned from open view on YouTube for being too “raunchy” and is not available to view by anyone under 18. The video site has told the singer’s management to re-edit the video if they want the restrictions lifted, according to the New York Post.

The newspaper quotes a source, who said: “YouTube has decided the video is too raunchy and should only be viewed by those 18 or over, and actually, the video is hard to find on the site. YouTube has sent Madonna’s team a list of shots that should be cut to make it appropriate for everyone.”

The list of scenes YouTube want cut from the erotically-charged video include the shots of male bottoms, a man rubbing his crotch and an S&M scene.

A YouTube spokesperson stated: “While we don’t comment on individual videos, we review all videos flagged by our users against our community guidelines. In some cases we restrict flagged material that, while not in violation of those guidelines, contains images that may be unsuitable for younger users.”

Madonna’s manager, Liz Rosenberg, added: “Some things never change. This is a throwback to [1990] when MTV refused to show ‘Justify My Love’.”

The video for ‘Girl Gone Wild’ was directed by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Madonna’s 12th studio album, ‘MDNA’, is out Monday (March 26).

To read NME‘s full review of ‘MDNA’, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now. You can also read NME‘s track by track guide to ‘MDNA’ by visiting NME.COM/blogs.

Madonna is set to play shows at London’s Hyde Park on July 17 and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on July 21. The dates are part of a full world tour, which kicks off on May 29 in Tel Aviv and runs until November 17, when the singer will perform in Atlanta, Georgia.