Madonna Expands Upon Video Decision

04/03/2003 at 01:50 PM EST

Madonna

Madonna

Her video "American Life" may not be visible, but Madonna is.

The Material Mogul spoke to Launch.com about her decision not to air the video -- which featured her in military garb and, at one point, lobbing a hand-grenade -- as well as her take on the world situation.

"I think the war that's going on in Iraq right now is affecting everything," she observed. "I think everyone is glued to their television, nobody knows what's going on, everybody's scared. I don't think that people are as concerned as ... they are being entertained or distracted, you know what I mean?"

Describing the yanked video, she said, "It starts out with the ultimate distraction, a fashion show, catwalk, beautiful people, perfect male, female six-foot Amazon ... As a society we've become obsessed with obtaining that image or aspiring to it. But I needed that as juxtaposition to what's really happening in the world."

She goes on to emphasize that her video made more than just a statement about the war in Iraq.

"If it's not the war in Iraq, it's any number of wars that are going on at any given time," she said. "And the video is like, 'Oh, okay, this is happening, what are we going to do about it?'"

In the statement released Monday, Madonna said she decided to pull the video "out of respect" for the American forces in Iraq.

"It was filmed before the war started, and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time," she stated. "Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video."

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