Madonna with Keith Haring’s parents c.1991. Wearing her fab red pants and Justify My Love vest.

Madonna with Keith Haring’s parents c.1991. Wearing her fab red pants and Justify My Love vest.

Madonna wearing a Chanel suit, being interviewed via satellite from Los Angeles, CA by Forrest Sawyer to discuss censorship and defend her “Justify My Love” video on ABC-TV’s Nightline: December 3, 1990

Madonna wearing a Chanel suit, being interviewed via satellite from Los Angeles, CA by Forrest Sawyer to discuss censorship and defend her “Justify My Love” video on ABC-TV’s Nightline: December 3, 1990

The Real Deal: Madonna and Tony Ward in Justify My Love directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino (1990)

The Real Deal: Madonna and Tony Ward in Justify My Love directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino (1990)

Beatrice Dalle cameo in Madonna’s Justify My Love directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino (1990)

Beatrice Dalle cameo in Madonna’s Justify My Love directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino (1990)

French “Betty Blue” actress Beatrice Dalle’s cameo in Madonna’s Justify My Love video directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino (1990)

Madonna photographed by Patrick Demarchelier (1990)

Madonna photographed by Patrick Demarchelier (1990)

Madonna takes a break from shooting her Justify My Love video at the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris, France. November 9, 1990.

Madonna takes a break from shooting her Justify My Love video at the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris, France. November 9, 1990.

Madonna on Nightline defending her banned Justify My Love video. 1990

Madonna on Nightline defending her banned Justify My Love video. 1990

#Madonna - Justify My Love colorized

#Madonna - Justify My Love colorized

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

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#Madonna Nightline Gif

On this day in music history: December 4, 1990 - Madonna appears on the ABC News program “Nightline” and is interviewed by Forrest Sawyer. During the interview, ABC will show the controversial video for “Justify My Love” in its entirety. Though MTV has banned clip from airplay,  it will not stop the singles’ upward chart momentum. Instead, the video (directed by Jean Baptiste-Mondino) will be issued as a single on VHS tape and will sell over 1 million copies. “Justify My Love” will hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 5, 1991, spending 2 weeks at the top.

justify my love

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