Madonna: 'It's Not My Intention to Make Enemies'
The pop star streams a live show Thursday afternoon from Paris, where she addressed the recent controversy surrounding her depiction of French politician Marine Le Pen.
Queen of pop Madonna is no stranger to controversy, especially in her most recent European tour. The singer flashed her nipple in Turkey, mooned her audience in Rome, waved a gun as part of her choreography one day after the Aurora, Colo. massacre, and also performed in Poland on the day of the United States' World War II remembrance. Most recently, the Material Girl has been targeted for a background video at her concert that shows French leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead and a Hitler mustache.
“Madonna would rather cancel her show than censor her art,” a member of her tour told The Huffington Post.
In a recent interview with a Brazilian TV station, Madonna commented on the Swastika situation by saying, "There seems to be a growing intolerance around the world. In Greece, France, everywhere, people are trying to kick out all the immigrants, make people cover up and not show what their religious affiliation is. Think about what's going on in Russia toward the gay community, 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."
Thursday, the singer live-streamed an intimate performance from Paris Olympia on YouTube and didn't shy away from that same controversy, instead offering explanation of her artistic decisions.
“The enemy is not out there, there is no such thing as an external enemy. The enemy is within,” she said before addressing Le Pen. “It’s not my intention to make enemies, it’s my intention to promote tolerance.”
Madonna took time to pay homage to the country during her show, admiring the country's acceptance of black artists before the American Civil War, saying, “France welcomed people with open arms.”
More than 90,000 viewers tuned into the live broadcast, which, aside from showcasing Madonna’s personal views on politics and tolerance, was filled with her signature Vogue-ing and cone bra bustier, crazy cool dance moves, and a showcase of songs both old and new.
Madonna did still perform with guns for “Beautiful Killer,” but she didn’t flash any body parts. The curtain closed with “Je t’aime,” ('I love you' in French), before she stepped off stage.
It’s no saying what surprise might come next from the singer, as her tour is far from over. Madonna’s European tour continues through the end of August before she returns to the States for shows that go well into November.