Madonna kicked up controversy again this weekend as her wildly successful “MDNA Tour” hit Paris for a provocative show, where she again flashed her nipple and backside and held her ground against a conservative political leader, leading to reignited threats of a lawsuit.
Madonna played France’s national stadium, the Stade de France, on Saturday in front of more than 70,000 fans and showed a talked-about video montage, set to her song “Nobody Knows Me,” that features right-wing Front National party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her face before cutting away to an image of a man resembling Adolf Hitler. The clip also includes images of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Pope Benedict and Sarah Palin.
The video has been shown during each of Madonna’s “MDNA Tour” shows. Le Pen said after the tour’s kickoff in Tel Aviv, Israel, that she would pursue litigation if Madonna played the clip during either of her shows in France, and is now expected to take legal action.
“We can’t accept this. Marine Le Pen is defending her own honor, but also that of the Front National’s members, its supporters and its millions of voters,” Front National party vice-president Florian Philippot told the French press (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Lawyers for the FN party say a case for public insult will be brought to the Paris courts as early as this week.
At her Paris show, Madonna also continued another “MDNA Tour” trend by stripping down onstage. This time, Her Madgesty bared both her breast and backside, trumping her Istanbul nipple-flash and mooning her audience in Rome.
The very busy Queen of Pop also dropped the video for her latest single, “Turn Up The Radio,” earlier today (July 16). The clip features Madonna cruising around Rome and the surrounding countryside in a convertible with several of her back-up dancers.