Show Us What You Workin’ Wit! Actors Who Were Video Vixens

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Leon Robinson

Madonna is no stranger to sparking controversy. In fact she’s been doing it for much of her career. While her antics would barely make someone bat an eye now, in 1989 her “Like A Prayer” music video caused quite the uproar. At the core was an interracial love story but it was shrouded with religious overtones. Actor Leon Robinson was cast as a saint inspired by Martin de Porres, the patron saint of biracial people and all those seeking interracial harmony. There was a public outcry from religious groups across the country and world calling the video blasphemous. Pepsi, who initially agreed to have Madonna and her song featured in a commercial, also caught some flack and caved into the pressure and abandoned the advertising campaign.

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