Tuesday, February 23, 2016

of Madonna - a rebel not without a cause?

So you have read the Straits Times, "Catholic Archbishop expresses grave concerns about Madonna's concert this Sunday" in which the Archbishop William Goh reminded Catholics that it was their "moral obligation not to support those who denigrate and insult religions, including anti-Christian and immoral values promoted by the secular world". He also emphasized that "there is no neutrality in faith; one is either for or against. Being present (at these events) in itself is a counter witness. Obedience to God and His commandments must come before the arts."

The event he was referring to is about Madonna's Rebel Heart tour which MDA gives it a R18 rating. In addition, one of the songs, a controversial "Holy Water", which features pole-dancing nuns and large crosses, would not be allowed as it contains “religiously-sensitive content which breach (MDA) guidelines.

Well, this is not really a big surprise, is it? Express in its article dated 17 Sept 2015, "Catholics furious with Madonna's latest on stage stunt" shared how Madonna was surrounded by bikini clad dancers in nun outfits & she was seen stripping off her skirt to reveal a skimpy, corseted costume as she holds on to a pole in the shape of a crucifix while balancing on top of one of the horizontally splayed dancers.

In the past (the good old Eighties), her video music "Like a Prayer" was also condemned by the Vatican. The family and religious groups also protested its broadcast & boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, which used the song for a commercial.

The Fact magazine once quoted Madonna in the article dated 5 Oct 2013, "Madonna opens up about religion, being raped at knifepoint and adoption in piece for Harper’s Bazaar" to say this about religion:

“I have a funny relationship with religion. I’m a big believer in ritualistic behavior as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. But I’m not a big fan of rules. And yet we cannot live in a world without order. But for me, there is a difference between rules and order. Rules people follow without question. Order is what happens when words and actions bring people together, not tear them apart. Yes, I like to provoke; it’s in my DNA. But nine times out of 10, there’s a reason for it.”

Well, she does provoke, huh? Billboard reported that her fifth video album, "Drowned World Tour 2001" was deemed "too explicit" for Singapore and banned from release here. The Wikipedia article also states that MDA took offence with two scenes during the "What It Feels Like for a Girl" interlude, in particular Japanese-inspired animation sequences that depicted a monster fondling and raping an Asian girl.

Back to Madonna's banned performance of the song, "Holy Water" (which involves the pole-dancing nuns), I wonder if a similar negative reaction is successfully repeated if Madonna decides to make her show a comedy one. I am especially referring to "Monty Python Live (mostly)" which has a segment that included dancing nuns and cardinals and two giant suggestively-shaped cannons that fire confetti into the audience. Then again, no I have not done any further research whether this show was also banned in Singapore. Heh.

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