Madonna Defends Use of Swastika Imagery

Madonna defended her use of swastika imagery, saying it was intended to highlight “the intolerance that human beings have for one another.”

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Madonna defended her decision to use swastika imagery during her world tour, saying it was intended to highlight her message about “the intolerance that we human beings have for one another.”

The music superstar superimposed the Nazi symbol on the forehead of the French National Front leader Marine Le Pen in a video during her July 14 concert in Paris, which she first debuted during her performance in Tel-Aviv.

Last week, the far-right party said it would sue Madonna, accusing her of exploiting the French leader in an effort to gain publicity.

Le Pen, who placed third in France’s presidential election in April, was one of several political figures to be depicted with the image in the video.  

In February, Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the National Front, was found guilty of condoning war crimes after he said the Nazi occupation of France had “not been particularly inhumane.”

Madonna has not changed the video since the National Front threatened to sue her and it was shown during a number of her concerts in Britain last week.

The singer said that, “all images in the video were chosen purposefully.”

“There seems to be a growing intolerance around the world. In Greece, France, everywhere people are trying to kick out all the immigrants, make people cover up and not show what their religious affiliation is,” she said.

“I’m calling attention to the intolerance and asking people to pay attention, to wake up to see how we are just creating more chaos in the world,” she added.