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Madonna (People)

"Well, what do you think?"
"I look like Manila Whore Barbie."
"Hmm."

Our little Veronica as a hooker? Not even. However, she's right to point out that the sex industry is booming in Manila, Philippines, and several other southeast Asian countries. Most sex-trade employees are impoverished Chinese and Filipino women, but over time, there have probably been a few blonde prostitutes who look like Barbie, Mattel's voluptouous 12-inch doll. Veronica feels like a lady of the evening, but Meg actually has dressed her like Madonna, a pop music icon who began her career in the '80s but is still popular today in the early 21st century. Manila Whore Barbie vs. slutty Madonna outfit. That's splitting hairs.

1.15 "Ruskie Business"

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"Like a Virgin" (Music)

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When pop icon Madonna sang her 1984 hit song at a concert, she probably began by shouting, "Emphasis on the word 'Like'!" to her adoring fans. Madonna the singer is anything but virginal. But Meg, whose virginity is questioned in this episode, is indeed as pure as she seems. Awww.

1.08 "Like a Virgin"

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