Madonna's record breaking Confessions Tour filmed at London's Wembley Arena during her worldwide sold-out 25-city run in 2006 has been banned in Singapore for her performance on a massive neon cross in a mock-crucifixion.
Madonna performed the ballad ''Live To Tell'' while suspended from a giant mirrored cross during her ''Confessions Tour'' last year.
Having already been criticised in the United States where the tour first launched, the 48-year-old mother of two was again criticised by religious groups for kneeling and taking off a crown of thorns to the back-drop of a crucifix during her concert in Rome where the Holy See - which governs the Catholic Church on behalf of the Pope - is located.
The sold-out Confessions World Tour, which went to from major US cities, Canada, Europe and Japan, is the highest-grossing tour ever by a female artist in history.
Nearly two decades ago, Madonna who has a Catholic Italian-American father attracted the ire of the Catholic Church for featuring burning crosses, statues crying blood and seducing a black Jesus in her "Like a Prayer" video.
In late January, Dutch prosecutors announced that the singer will not face charges over the mock crucifixion staged on her 2006 world tour after a Protestant party SGP had called for the singer to be prosecuted. The Amsterdam prosecutor's office said the scene lent itself "to different interpretations" and through her show, "the singer tried to express her frustrations about certain situations in the world."
"It is not a question of contempt for God. Furthermore, Madonna did not discredit Christians as a group," said the prosecutor's office.
In September last year, the star said her performance was an appeal for AIDS charities and released a statement regarding the controversy. She said her specific intent is to "bring attention to the millions of children in Africa who are dying every day, and are living without care, without medicine and without hope."
"My 'confession' follows and takes place on a Crucifix that I ultimately come down from. This is not a mocking of the church. It is no different than a person wearing a Cross or 'Taking Up the Cross' as it says in the Bible. My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous. Rather, it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another and to see the world as a unified whole."
"I am asking people to open their hearts and minds to get involved in whatever way they can."
According to Warner Music, The Confessions Tour DVD is currently being distrubuted across Asia except for Singapore and Malaysia where the DVD is pending approval.
The Confessions Tour: Live from London DVD is now available on Fridae Shop at US$19.90.
seen madge's performance in tokyo and osaka and it was totally beautiful and magical.
i can't buy the dvd here in tokyo until march and was thinking to buy it in middle of febuary when i go to singapore. guess i have to wait until march when it is sold here in japan.
guys and gals, please buy the original unsensored version and don't ever support your goverment! they are morons and don't believe in them....
god bless her majesty!!
Sad to say again that the govt is ALL TALK only or maybe they're just plain stupid in their interpretation of Global Hub of the Arts.
Korean government isn't nearly as bad but this professor is being prosecuted for posting a novel with some S&M elements in it and also for posting penis pictures on his website. I personally don't care what people next door do in their own bedroom. Watch porn, read novels, have an orgy. It's none of my business. But I guess most Koreans are a lot nosier than I am.
Yay Singapore!... not.
Beyond comprehension. Tragic.
i'm sure most of you with starhub cable did too...
and you wonder why mda didn't censor that...
This "celebrities can do no wrong" mentality is pure unadulterated bullshit. I said it before, too, if Islam were treated like she treats Chriistianity, there would be so many fatwahs issued for her being taken out, she could not even step outside her home to go to a Winn Dixie for groceries.
live to tell
u can buy online...........
In the end it really doesn't matter because censorship augments hype.
But, they are still corny.
3 cheers for youtube. I've seen it all and lived to tell. Next thing is to get my hands on the DVD, original and uncensored no less. :-)
One would think that humanity would learn from their mistakes. 2000 years ago they crucified an innocent man for being different. Why ban or censor the message Madonna is bringing to the world? By banning and censoring this we might as well crucify Jesus again.
Express yourself! Don't repress yourself!
Oh . . . and the biggest joke is sending us to concerts in a prickly dome built around a box . . . and the only reception walking there are either through a messy underground shopping mall or through a beautiful garden and then down to an underground parking lot . . . so little you know about grandiousity and class. And we have to pay big bulks getting there too. Absurd!
So yeah... ban lor... continue to ban...
Uptight moralistic cunts
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