When her Confessions tour began I brought you a series of photos of the very gay “arm tango” that occurs onstage during her performance of the track “Forbidden Love”. The dance appeared to be a nod to her gay fans with an erotic style of choreographic courtship.
Recent photos of her tour which kicked off in Rome over the weekend show that Madonna has changed that part of the show, painting her dancers’ bellies with the Crescent Moon and the Star of David to suggest a wish for harmony between Arabs and Israelis.
If you’ll notice, the dancers have changed as well. The caucasian clones from her American tour have been replaced with dancers more ethnically appropriate to her message.
Prior to the show’s opening in Rome, the Pope and other religious leaders criticized Madonna’s mock crucifixion during the singer’s performance of “Live to Tell”. The Pope called it “blasphemous” and called for the singer’s “ex-communication” from the church. Madonna responded by inviting him to her performance.
Cardinal Ersilio Tonini said, “To crucify yourself in the city of the Pope and the martyrs is an act of open hostility. It’s a scandal created on purpose by astute merchants to attract publicity.”
We’ve heard it all before.
Madonna, who recently donated $3 million to help orphans in Malawi, has taken Rome by storm, yet her insistence on continuing to push the envelope on religious statements has husband Guy Ritchie worried she’s making herself a kidnap target.