Well, now that her latest music video, "Telephone" featuring Beyoncé, has been banned by MTV for it's inappropriate content, it looks like she's finally crossed the line from scandalous to obscene.
Ironically, the song itself is not the problem. In fact, the lyrics are about girls not wanting to answer their phones because there too busy dancing. If you could slap a movie rating on the song it would be PG. The music video, on the other hand, is an R-rated monster.
It features extremely strong expletives, full-frontal nudity, scantily clad women, violence, and lesbian make-out scenes. The video is an overdose of shock value, and coming in at over 9 minutes long, it's more like a short film than a music video. What worries me the most about the video is that young girls who enjoy the song will go looking for the music video and unknowingly expose themselves to a barrage of filthy, tasteless images.
It's encouraging that MTV has taken the initiative to protect its audience. A video like this does nothing to empower women; it will only confuse and disorient the already fragile psyche of America's youth.