Published Jun 04, 2012Whether or not you consider Madonna musically relevant, there's no question that the 53-year-old pop star still knows how to push people's buttons. Having recently incurred the wrath of deadmau5 with drug-related comments, she has now been denounced by French politician Marine Le Pen.
How did Madonna earn Le Pen's anger? During a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Thursday (May 31), the large screens onstage displayed a picture of Le Pen's face with a swastika on her forehead. Watch video of the incident below.
Le Pen is the leader of France's third largest political party, the National Front. The far-right party has previously been associated with revisionist views of the Holocaust, although Le Pen has steered clear of making any comments along those lines.
Obviously, the politician didn't take too kindly to the implication that she was a Nazi. In response to Madonna's stunt, Le Pen accused the pop star of seeking attention, saying [via the Daily Mail], "We understand how old singers who need to get people talking about them go to such extremes." When the subject of a lawsuit was broached, Le Pen said, "If she does that in France, we'll be waiting."
National Front lawyer Wallerand de Saint-Just confirmed that he was considering possible legal action.
An anonymous source from the party reportedly said, "We are not a Nazi party, and object to being depicted as such. If you accuse the National Front of being anti-Semitic and racist then you accuse a fifth of the French people of being anti-Semitic and racist. If Madonna repeats this slur in France then she will certainly be taken to court.'
In other words, Madonna might want to be a little more subtle with her political statements when she plays Paris on July 14 unless she wants to end up getting sued.
See her upcoming tour dates here.