After a lot of nasty backlash and a lawsuit t’boot, Madonna has dropped the swastika image from her MDNA tour. Though Madge made her name with controversy and the MDNA tour has proven to be no exception, she’s letting up for the first time this go ’round by dropping the Nazi iconography.
Let’s chart the progress of controversy stemming from Madonna’s MDNA tour thus far. She’s flashed boob and butt, caused a media spark by screaming “Free Pussy Riot!” (referencing the Russian band who was put away unjustly) at a recent concert, and has been displaying the swastika prominently in concerts. On the latter-most controversy, Madge has relented, reports NY Daily. She won’t be using the infamous symbol of the Nazi Party anymore in the MDNA tour.
Recent performances by Madonna in the MDNA tour made use of the iconic symbol, which is shown in a video while she performs her song “Nobody Knows Me.” The Nazi symbol is superimposed over the face of France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen in the video. The use of the symbol has received an overwhelmingly negative response, potential lawsuits, and the ire of an entire nation. Madonna has defended the use of the symbol, saying that “music should be about ideas.”
However, during a performance in Nice, France on Tuesday night, the swastika was conspicuously absent from the video. In its place was a simple question mark.
“As far as I know, Madonna has never changed a video clip,” a local party supporter said. “This is proof that our arguments were valid. This is excellent news.”
Madge is also facing a $10-million lawsuit from Russian activists who claim offense by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg.
Like we said, while Madonna is no stranger to controversy, perhaps she’s softening some in her old age.