It's hard for Madonna not to be self-referential, considering she's done dang near everything when it comes to pop-music trends. So in the Queen of Pop's latest visual offering, "Girl Gone Wild," it's easy to pick out nods to her iconic past: the choreography has the fabulous flair of "Vogue," the writhing on the wall is reminiscent of "Human Nature," she brought back the retro blonde waves of "Bad Girl," and there's tension between religion and sexuality she's featured in ... dang near everything else.
She also switched it up, adding a lineup of chiseled male dancers swiveling around in towering heels, jerking around in shackles, and weeping paint. Even with the chains and gratuitous muscular male flesh, M isn't a girl gone too wild, as this video is pumped with exactly the type of stylized and provocative imagery we expect from Madge.
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