Madonna in trouble with the far-right
MADONNA, the Queen of Pop turned spiritual world healer, is known for her constant reinvention as well as for getting into cat fights. Well, she is now in trouble with French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen.
While in Israel to promote her new album – and peace in the Middle East – Madonna performed in front of a giant screen showing Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.
Ms Le Pen reportedly commented: “We understand how old singers who need to get people talking about them go to such extremes.” Ouch.
The controversial image appeared during Madonna’s performance of the song “Nobody Knows Me”. A video projected on to the giant screen erected on the stage showed quickly alternating images of political and religious figures, including Chinese leader Hu Jinatao, US politician Sarah Palin and Pope Benedict XVI.
The picture of Le Pen appeared for a split second during the montage but it caused a ruckus in France, where Madonna is scheduled to perform on 14 July, Bastille Day. According to the Daily Mail, Le Pen has threatened to sue Madonna should she repeat the performance in France.
The Mail quoted a party source as saying: “We are not a Nazi party, and object to being depicted as such.”
The Tel Aviv show was the kick-off for Madonna’s 2012 world tour.
Skip to 1:32 to see the picture of Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.