Madonna wants America to wake up.
The queen of pop returns to the dance floor in the new music video for her latest single, “God Control”—but unlike the heavenly “Ray of Light” club, this video ends in a hellish disco bloodbath.
The eight-and-a-half minute short, directed by Jonas Akerlund, opens with a warning: “The story you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scenes of gun violence. But it’s happening everyday.”
— Madonna (@Madonna) June 25, 2019
The video switches between Madonna in dual roles—sitting at a typewriter as her Madame X alter ego and also channeling her best disco diva while dancing up a storm at a Studio 54-inspired New York nightclub. But things take a turn when a gunman opens fire in the crowded club, shooting multiple dancers and Madonna herself.
And keep your eyes peeled for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner Monét X Change feeling her fantasy on the dance floor.
“If you’re sitting alone in your apartment all day and you’re writing about the downfall of humanity, it tends to get you down,” Madonna said in a teaser leading up to the video’s release. “After a while, you need to have fun. So, where does a girl go? She goes to a disco! I tried to bring the world of disco and freedom, and having that joy silenced by a small thing made of metal that can end someone’s life. Guns need to be made illegal.”
The song was produced by produced by Mike Dean and Madonna’s American Life collaborator Mirwais Ahmadzaï.
“This is your wake up call. Gun violence disproportionately affects children, teenagers and the marginalized in our communities. Honor the victims and demand GUN CONTROL. NOW,” reads the video description on YouTube. “Volunteer, stand up, donate, reach out. Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Innocent lives depend on it.”
Watch “God Control” below.