Madonna told Ryan Seacrestshe was unhappy with MIA’s middle finger gesture during her show. Why?
“I wasn’t happy about it, because for me — I understand it’s kind of punk rock and everything — but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity. It seemed negative. It’s one of those things that’s such a teenager, kind of, irrelevant thing to do in one respect. But on the other, there was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”
That’s a great point, because Madonna has never rebeled like a teenager against institutions. She definitely didn’t give herself stigmata and showcase burning crosses in Like a Prayer. And she definitely didn’t make a video about having sex with a saint (and then feature the song in a concert) that so upset the Catholic Church so much that Cardinal Ersilio Tonino said: “This concert is a blashphemous challenge to the faith and a profanation of the cross. She should be excommunicated.”
Madonna is a classy lady, and would never give people the finger during a concert.
We’ve pulled together a gallery of some of Madonna’s most controversial songs and pictures, so you can make the call.
What do you think of Madonna’s take on MIA’s controversy: a fair point, or hypocrisy at its worst?