LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – Madonna’s new live show has sparked controversy for featuring an image of conservative politician Marine Le Pen’s face with a Swastika emblazoned on her forehead.
Last week, the internationally renowned songstress kicked off her 2012 “MDNA” world tour in Israel, playing to a sold-out crowd in Tel Aviv’s own Ramat Gan Stadium. The tour, which will make its way to Las Vegas in October, will visit a long list of cities in three continents, before concluding in Cordoba on December 22.
The headline-grabbing visual presentation audiences the world over will see, set to Madonna’s “Nobody Knows Me,” is packed with imagery, each picture flashing at lightning speed to accommodate for the barrage of pop culture.
One of those pictures involved Le Pen’s eyes and forehead, with a Swastika lit up between her eyes.
Le Pen was not amused.
“We understand how old singers who need to get people talking about them go to such extremes,” she said to the Daily Mail.
When asked if she was planning to sue Madonna for the stunt, Le Pen added, “If she does that in France, we’ll be waiting.”
A concert is scheduled in Paris’ Stade De France on July 14.
Le Pen, daughter of former National Front party president Jean-Marie Le Pen, has voiced staunch opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion in the past.
The video did not just take aim at Le Pen, however.
Iconography of assorted worldwide religions and cultures flash across the screen, shown in tandem with videos and pictures of people such as President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and Osama Bin Laden and institutions such as Occupy Wall Street and the Westboro Baptist Church.
Each image appears to be ripped out of a magazine and pasted on Madonna’s singing image to create a visual reminiscent of a living, frenetic ransom note.
In the foreground, dancers dressed as police officers and prisoners in orange jumpsuits balance and bounce on a series of tightropes.
“The world is not so kind, people trap your mind,” the lyrics state. “It’s so hard to find someone to admire.”
At one point in the song, victims of bullying and subsequent suicide such as former Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi are shown, while the dancers fall dramatically to the ground as each image disappears to make room for the next.
Madonna is no stranger to controversy, or to using her notoriety to make a statement.
She has even used other videos, such as those for her songs “What It Feels Like For a Girl” and “Like A Prayer,” to offer commentary on the modern-day world. Those videos – and others done by her – have come under fire in the past for their violent, sexual imagery.