Pop icon Madonna says that the appearance of the swastika in her 'Nobody Knows Me' performance during 'MDNA' tour was chosen 'purposefully.'
Madonna broke her silence on why she incorporated the swastika in a segment of her "MDNA" tour. During an interview on Brazilian television, the singer reasoned out that there was a purpose for the appearance of the symbol.
"That film that was created is about the intolerance that we human beings have for one another and how much we judge people before knowing them," she said. "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."
The film she spoke of served as the backdrop of the pop superstar's performance of the song, "Nobody Knows Me." The video backdrop also showed the swastika on the forehead of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen.
Le Pen took notice of the image after the tour's stop in Tel Aviv, Israel and threatened the queen of pop with a lawsuit if she showed the same image in France. Madonna refused to edit the video and used it during her concert in Paris. She is reportedly going to be sued by the French National Front party.
"Art is there to track what's going on in the world, to make social commentary," she explained. "I think you're not an artist if you're not dissecting and deconstructing ideas."
Her usage of the symbol that has long been recognized as the Nazi symbol and used by white supremacists is not the only thing that kept Madge's tour in the headlines. Just recently, on Saturday, July 21, Madonna held a gun onstage in Edinburgh despite being warned against it. She also exposed her breast at a show in Istanbul and her rear end at a show in Rome.