Thursday, August 03, 2006

Like a Heretic
By PopCultureWhore

It’s 1990 again everyone. Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders in Rome have condemned a portion of Madonna’s Confessions Tour in which she hangs from a mirrored cross with a crown of thorns atop her head while singing “Live to Tell.”

"It is disrespectful, in bad taste and provocative," said Father Manfredo Leone of Rome's Santa Maria Liberatrice. "Being raised on a cross with a crown of thorns like a modern Christ is absurd. Doing it in the cradle of Christianity comes close to blasphemy."

Madonna encountered problems from the Vatican during her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, which included a performance of the controversial “Like a Prayer,” among other objectionable thrustings and such.

Whatever. Perhaps several years at an all-girls Catholic school have made me immune to church folk whining about nothing, but seriously, it’s a show. Feed the poor, walk on water, do your duty, but don’t waste your breath condemning someone who is not going to take your sass. It didn’t work 16 years ago; probably won’t work today.

During the “Live to Tell” portion of her show, pictures of impoverished children and statistics about AIDS flash on a huge screen behind the singer. Madonna yesterday announced that she plans to raise at least $3 million to fund programs for orphans in the African country of Malawi.

Madge plays her second Wembley Arena show tonight in London and is scheduled to move to Rome’s Olympic Stadium for a Sunday show. On Tuesday, she was honored at Wembley Arena with a bronze cast of her hands.

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