Madonna Sued Over Swastika Use In Concerts
Another day, another lawsuit. Madonna, who is currently being sued by record label VMG over a sample the singer used in her song “Vogue,” is also being sued by France’s far-right National Front because Madonna keeps putting a swastika over the party leader Marine Le Pen’s face.
According to the Associated Press, Madonna has been showing the swastika video at concerts during her world tour. Last month, the party said:
“We are not a Nazi party, and object to being depicted as such. If you accuse the National Front of being anti-Semitic and racist then you accuse a fifth of the French people of being anti-Semitic and racist. If Madonna repeats this slur in France then she will certainly be taken to court.”
The National Front warned Madonna that the party would take action of she showed the video during her concert in France on Saturday night.
Well, the singer didn’t back down and now the National Front is filing a complaint in French court.
Florian Philippot, vice-president of the National Front, said:
“A private plaintiff’s case for insult will be presented next week. It is our duty to bring a complaint to defend our voters and our supporters.”
The National Front said that the imagery was “unacceptable” and unfairly tied Le Pen to fascism. According to France 24, Le Pen took over control of the party from her father Jean-Marie last year. Le Pen has been working to widen her party’s appeal by expelling extremists and extinguishing racist rhetoric.
Madonna’s swastika video isn’t helping Le Pen’s cause.
Here’s the video in question.