The year is 1990. Madonna, Queen Of Pop, embarks on her Blond Ambition tour followed by documentary filmmaker Alek Keshishian and his camera. The end result is Madonna: Truth Or Dare (released as In Bed With Madonna in the UK), an insight into fame and superstardom which will influence reality TV and celebrity shows forever, and become an instant classic in the gay community – and beyond.
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Truth Or Dare documents the reality of Madonna’s highly controversial Blond Ambition tour. A couple of shows in Italy are cancelled due to a boycott campaign by Pope John Paul II because of the video for Like A Prayer – he widely condemned the use of Ku Klux Klan imagery with burning crosses, stigmata and Madonna kissing a black saint. The Toronto police threatens to arrest Madonna for lewd sexual misconduct because of her infamous masturbation choreography while performing Like A Virgin on that iconic bed in that iconic Jean Paul Gaultier corset with these iconic breast cones. Even the pop star’s own father criticises the burlesque aspects of the show. Behind the scenes, Madonna is as unapologetically explicit as she is on stage, as we see from the notorious “Truth Or Dare” scene with the bottle, which gave the documentary its name.