Flashing a swastika during a concert? Just a day in the life for Madonna, arguably the world’s most provocative pop star. In light of her inflammatory performance in Paris, we’ve gathered the top 10 most controversial Madonna moments.
France’s far right National Front party is threatening to sue Madonna for showing a video that included one of their party’s leaders, Marine Le Pen, with a swastika superimposed on her face during a concert in Paris on Saturday (the offending symbol appears 34 sec. into the above clip).
The video montage, which played during the song “Nobody Knows Me,” shows several current and deposed world leaders. Madonna’s own face with a Hitler mustache follows that of Le Pen in the video. Madonna’s publicist, Barbara Charone, told CNN that the show “has been the same since it started in Tel Aviv” at the end of May. The National Front party warned that they would take legal action if Madonna played the video for the audience in Stade de France. “The images that were projected draw a terrible link between the party and an ideology we reject,” National Front vice president Florian Philippot said on Monday.
If that weren’t enough, the 53-year-old icon also flashed her nipple and buttocks at the Parisian audience. Nudity has been a regular feature of this particular world tour: She flashed a nipple on stage in Istanbul on June 7 and dropped her pants to show her buttocks in Rome.
But this is far from the first time the Material Girl has sparked a controversy over her material. “Madonna’s whole MO has been to be provocative and get a dialogue going,” Shirley Halperin, music editor for the Hollywood Reporter, told ABC News.