Controversy sells, which is why many artists aren’t afraid to make shocking, attention-seeking music videos. Even if they get slated, criticised or even banned, in the long run people will remember them more than the videos that didn’t cause as much of a fuss. Here are 9 music videos that, for one reason or another, are often deemed among the most controversial ever.
8‘Lemon Incest’ by Serge and Charlotte Gainsbourg, 1984
While the song ‘Lemon Incest’ garnered controversy due to its lyrics which seemingly glamourised both incest and paedophilia, the video took things a step further: it shows Serge and his then 13-year-old daughter Charlotte lying on a bed, him topless and in jeans, her in a shirt and knickers.