Madonna’s swastika and gun use is likely doing just what the performer is aiming for — keeping people talking. Though she’s off the hook for using guns as props on stage, that not-so-little swastika issue requires an explanation.
From nipples to butt cheeks, guns to swastikas, Madonna is lighting up controversies left and right. It’s all for the greater good though, believe it or not, because the Material Girl insists she’s using art as social commentary.
Madonna gun play was pre-approved
On at least one front Madonna is playing by the rules. Despite reports being published the singer had disobeyed advice to put her guns away by police in Edinburgh, it seems she had every right to bear arms on stage.
“Media reports which said police had advised her not to include firearms and weapons during her performance were incorrect,” officials stated to E! News.
“In fact the event commander, Superintendent Craig Naylor, said that the props used by Madonna were no different to the type of props which will be seen at many of the Edinburgh festival venues during the month of August. Therefore no penalties will be faced.”
Madonna defends swastika use
As for being in hot water with Marine Le Pen for images displayed on screen that show the leader of France’s National Front party with a swastika on her forehead, Madonna is standing her ground.
“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. Think about what’s going on in Russia towards the gay community,” Madonna explained. “I’m calling attention to that intolerance and asking people to pay attention, to wake up to see how we are just creating more chaos in the world.”
“Art is there to track what’s going on in the world,” Madonna staunchly added. “To make social commentary.”