Madonna under fire as Israel concert draws heavy media flak (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Uri Zer Aviv 06/03/12)
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France´s far-right National Front is considering a lawsuit against
Madonna over a video she used during her concert in Israel on
Thursday night. The clip showed party leader Marine Le Pen with a
swastika on her forehead.
While she performed the song "Nobody Knows Me" in Ramat Gan Stadium,
Madonna showed a video in which her face was collaged with a number
of well-known personalities. The face of Marine Le Pen appeared for a
few seconds with a swastika affixed to her forehead before dissolving
into a composite character resembling Adolf Hitler.
The concert, which opened Madonna´s 65-city MDNA world tour, received
mixed reviews from the international press, which provided extensive
coverage - around 80 foreign journalists were here for the
"For a show that was originally billed as a ´Concert for Peace,´ the
opening night of Madonna´s world tour in Tel Aviv, Israel, featured a
disproportionate amount of violence," the critic from The Hollywood
Reporter wrote, citing the guns and religious imagery used during the
first part of the concert.
Dan Williams of Reuters filed a similar report, saying, "Pop
superstar Madonna kicked off a new world tour on Thursday wishing
peace on the Middle East, even as she showcased grim dance routines
depicting violence and bloody gunmen among her more colorful numbers."
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who attended the concert, wrote, "Nobody
puts on a show quite like Madonna! No one even comes close! Her
meticulous work ethic and perfectionism is evident in everything she
does and is especially evident in her tours, like the one she kicked
off in Tel Aviv on Thursday night."
Many critics praised the production element of the show more than
Madonna´s own performance. Bloomberg Businessweek´s Calev Ben-David
wrote, "In terms of stagecraft, concertgoers got their money´s
worth." But he was critical of her routine itself, noting, "With
extensive use of audio playback, including whole songs when Madonna
disappeared from the stage for costume changes, it wasn´t easy to
know when one is actually hearing her live voice." (© Copyright 2012
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