MTV, the music video cable network, usually has a liberal attitude about the outrageous and sexually explicit performances it will air. It seems, however, that Madonna, who likes to push the limits of the envelope, went a bit too far this time. The network has decided not to show her new video "Justify My Love," which was filmed in Paris and depicts the erotic fantasies of the singer and her lover, played by her current boyfriend, Tony Ward.

It apparently is the kind of video that Tipper Gore has warned her children about. It includes bisexuality, cross-dressing, sadomasochism, multiple partners and voyeurism. In a statement about the video, the network said: "We respect her work as an artist and think she makes great videos. This one is not for us." Madonna's response was, "These fantasies and thoughts exist in every person. Why is it that people are willing to go to a movie and watch someone get blown to bits for no reason and nobody wants to see two girls kissing or two men snuggling?" Fear not for Madonna's investment in this one. It will be released as a video single in a couple of weeks and, with all the publicity about the MTV ban, will undoubtedly add significantly to her ever-increasing wealth. Out and About For Martin Feinstein, 1991 is a big year. The general director of the Washington Opera and former executive director of performing arts at the Kennedy Center will be observing his 70th birthday, his 10th season at the opera and his 20th at the Kennedy Center. The Washington Opera has scheduled a gala performance in his honor in March in the Terrace Theater, which will include opera stars Placido Domingo and Justino Diaz, violinist Isaac Stern, actors Christopher Plummer and Zoe Caldwell, singer Roberta Peters, dancers Marcia Haydee and Richard Cragun, pianist Eugene Istomin and conductor Gerard Schwarz ...

If any single special-interest group knows how to lobby Congress, it's the National Rifle Association. But who would ever have thought that the American Council for the Arts would call on the NRA for help in getting the arts message to Congress. One must remember that the NRA has convinced Congress that the right to bear arms includes machine guns and pistols. The NRA and the Sierra Club, another group that knows the ways of the Hill, have been invited to address the National Arts Convention later this month in Newark on how to stage a lobbying campaign. As Milton Rhodes, the president of the American Council, explained, "Two groups who have been so successful over so long a time have much to teach the arts. The recent record of arts lobbying on Capitol Hill is mixed at best" ...

More on the Mick Jagger-Jerry Hall nuptials. It seems, according to a Hindu priest who conducted the ceremonies on the island of Bali last week, that the couple converted to Hinduism and signed a letter stating their commitment to the belief. They had planned to remain in Bali until the end of the month but didn't like the heat and left. They don't seem to be taking much of a honeymoon, however, since an immigration official in Indonesia said Jagger left for Los Angeles last weekend while Hall flew to Singapore ...

Prosecutors yesterday refused to file sexual battery charges for a Monday night incident involving Rob Pilatus of the lip-syncing pop duo Milli Vanilli. Pilatus had to pay $485 for outstanding traffic violations before being released, police said. "This is not his month," said Pilatus's attorney, Erroll Stambler, referring to Pilatus being stripped of the 1990 Grammy Award after he and partner Fabrice Morvan admitted they had not sung a note on the album ...

When asked by Business Week to name the best gift he ever received, Sen. Edward Kennedy said: "The desk that was used by my father when he was ambassador to the Court of St. James's, and then was used by my brother John in his Senate office, and by my brother Robert in his Senate office, and is now with me in my Capitol Hill office. It is a continuing inspiration to me; it provides a presence of my father and my brothers in my office which sustains me in many ways" ...