Season 2 of “Glee” continues its Madonna love with Brittany and Santana performing the Material Girl’s duet with Britney Spears. (“Entertainment Weekly” has a clip.) While “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy is known for his love of Madonna, he’s not the only one. As a testament to her iconic pop culture status, Madonna has been the frequent subject of both homage and parody on TV and in film 1. Here are the top Madonna moments, from the 80s to today:
“Like a Surgeon” video by Weird Al Yankovic: They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Weird Al is known for only imitating the best. All the way back in 1985, Madonna earned her first parody of her most iconic number, “Like a Virgin”. Weird Al’s hit video on MTV wove medical mishaps into parallels of Madonna’s own video. Highlights included the inexplicable lion wandering through the hospital, and Weird Al seductively slithering on a gurney being pushed through hallways to mirror Madonna’s moves on a river gondola in Venice. There’s also a brief dance number and crop top/leggings fashion nod to Madonna hit “Lucky Star”.
“Saturday Night Live”: Madonna herself appeared in a 1990 “Wayne’s World” sketch featuring Mike Myers (Wayne) and Dana Carvey (Garth). Wayne somehow gets to canoodle with Madonna in Garth’s dream sequence, but Garth lands big laughs as a freaky, well-endowed dancer in the re-enactment of Madonna’s controversial video “Justify My Love”.
“Moulin Rouge”: Before there was “Glee” or “High School Musical”, there was 2001 musical movie masterpiece “Moulin Rouge”. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent and Richard Roxburgh are creepy comic gold as they race around the screen in an epic performance number of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”. It’s a tribute and reinvention all in one.
“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”: Madonna’s continual reinventions via fashion kicked off the then-shocking trend of underwear as outerwear. The 2004 film “Edge of Reason” pays homage to this look in a Thailand prison sequence, when Bridget puts her coveted pink bra on over her shirt and leads her fellow inmates in a song and dance tribute to “Like a Virgin” 2. This crazy but sweet rendition is definitely one of the highlights of the inconsistent follow-up film to smash hit “Bridget Jones’ Diary”.
“Ugly Betty”: The cult hit fashion comedy paid tribute to Madonna then and now in the 2008 episode “Jump”. Using songs from Madonna’s latest albums, “Ugly Betty” created an all-Madonna soundtrack for the season finale. In the second half of “Jump”, Ignacio (Tony Plana) shows Betty (America Ferrera) an old photo of her as “Baby Madonna”–complete with pearls, hair bow, and lace gloves.3
“Glee”: “The Power of Madonna” episode of “Glee”, with its Sue Sylvester-led “Vogue”, will no doubt go down in history as one of the top TV tributes to musical and fashion icon Madonna. The “Glee” kids also paid homage to Madge in episode “Hairography”, when Quinn and Puck performed “Papa Don’t Preach” to calm Mrs. Schuester’s rowdy nephews. Season 2 kicks off with the afore-mentioned Britney/Madonna duet, and it’s a good bet we’ll see more Madonna performances in future “Glee” episodes.
1Madonna on IMDB.com.
2 Roger Ebert review of “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”.
3 “Ugly Betty” episode “Jump” review on BuzzSugar.
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