Madonna has revealed her reasoning behind an image that showed a swastika super-imposed on the head of a right wing French politician during her current MDNA tour.
The offending image was shown during a rendition of Nobody Knows Me, as she performed in Paris.
The politician in question was Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front party.
In a recent interview on Brazilian TV Madonna claimed that all the images used were chosen “purposefully”.
“That film that was created is about the intolerance that we human beings have for one another and how much we judge people before knowing them,” she said.
La Front Nationale, France’s right wing party, said it will be looking to sue Madonna after the image was shown on stage at the Stade de France on 14 July, despite warnings to remove it.
It’s vice-president Florian Philippot said “the party will not accept such an odious comparison”. In true Madonna fashion, she later refused to edit the video.
She defended herself by explaining she was doing it to speak out for those who cannot. “It’s an artist’s responsibility to call attention to world events and to help bring people together. Think about what’s going on in Russia towards the gay community,” she said.
“I’m calling attention to that intolerance and asking people to pay attention, to wake up to see how we are just creating more chaos in the world.”
This isn’t the first time Madonna on the tour that Madonna has caused anger. She went ahead with a gun-based routine during her performance in Scotland just 48 hours after the Denver shootings in Colorado.
Is Madonna right to show these images for effect? Or is she just look to create some controversy for attention?
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