After several weeks of controversy and defiance, Madonna has hewed ever so slightly to her protesters. The Queen of Pop compromised with critics in Poland, and incorporated World War II-era newsreel footage of the Warsaw Upsrising against the Nazis into her set during her MDNA tour stop there last week. The audience was, by all reports, very pleased with the tribute.
Ahead of Madge’s arrival, a Roman Catholic group called the Youth Crusade had collected more than 50,000 signatures in an attempt to stop the show. The Crusade argued that it would be inappropriate for Madonna to perform during the day saved to commemorate the cities uprising against the Nazis. And especially so, she being an icon of homosexuality, pornography, and “attacking the Catholic faith.” The former was appeased by the video tribute. As for the rest of their complaints, well, she wouldn’t be Madonna if she made everyone happy.