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Madonna Defends Her Controversial MDNA Tour With Poetic Manifesto

Though no stranger to controversy, Madonna seems to have taken things to a whole new level with her current MDNA tour. There have been tears and protests, swastika iconography and fake gun wagging, lawsuits and body parts, and all this before she touched back down stateside for the tour’s North American leg, which begins tonight in Philadelphia. For her latest controversial move, she put pen to paper and scribed a letter of explanation for these faux pas past, insisting mostly that her show “not be taken out of context” of her “journey.” Read more…

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Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot Found Guilty Of Hooliganism, Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Three members of Pussy Riot, the feminist punk collective who staged a bold anti-Vladimir Putin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral last February and whose conviction has become a cause célèbre for everyone from Kathleen Hanna and Madonna to Alicia Silverstone and Flea, were charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in prison this morning. President Putin himself, after all, had called for leniency. Read more…

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Madonna Turns 54, And We Celebrate With This Timeline Of Her 54 Most Controversial Moments

Madonna's 54 Most Controversial Moments

Today is Madonna‘s 54th birthday, and she is no less edgy nor relevant than she was when she first broke onto the scene. As much the Queen of Pop as she is the Queen of Controversy, she has defined herself as a good at the game and even better at breaking the rules. And she is still, after all these years, causing trouble and making hit songs.

Throughout her career, she’s challenged pop to be better and badder, forever changing the game on one simulated sex act, defiant F-bomb drop, and hot young boy toy at a time. And at 54 years-old, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. So in honor of this day, we are taking a look back at her 54 most gloriously controversial moments. To many more!

[Photo: Lauren Olson/Getty Images]

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Madonna Shows Support For Russian Feminist Punks During Her Concert In Russia

It can’t hurt to have Madonna on your team. Onstage in Moscow last night, Madge voiced her support for the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, who have been in jail the past five months on charges of hooliganism, the night before their trial wrapped. This MDNA tour has been a particularly controversial one, with feelings and bits spilling freely, but Madonna’s words last night were careful, clear and — at least by those in attendance — uncontested.

“There are many sides to this story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government … I think that they have done something courageous, I think that they have paid the price for this act, and I pray for their freedom,” she offered during the show’s pause, “PUSSY RIOT” scrawled across her back. Then she called on the Moscow audience, who, “if you’re here as my fan, you feel that you deserve the right to be free,” to join her. The speech earned a massive applause.

Madonna is not the first artist to come out in support of Pussy Riot — Patti Smith, Sting, Pete Townsend, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for a few, have spoken in their defense. She was bold, though, to voice her support in Moscow and on the eve of their trial’s close. Who are Pussy Riot? Check out our primer below.

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Madonna Appeases Protests And Paid Tribute To Warsaw Uprising

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. Read more…

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Madonna Claims “A Few Thugs” Are Responsible For Booing Her In Paris

Madonna Speaks on being booed

Madonna wants to set the record straight about being booed after her club gig performance at Olympia in Paris. After her 45 minute set, angry fans who paid nearly $100 to see her perform, booed, threw water bottles on the stage and chanted salope, the French word for slut, because Madge wouldn’t return for an encore. If that wasn’t bad enough it was all livestreamed on YouTube for the world to see. The Queen of Pop’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, released a statement defending Madonna . It’s safe to say Rosenberg thinks the booing was unwarranted. Read more…

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Where’s The Love? Madonna Gets Booed And Called A “Salope” In Paris

Madonna Gets Booed

Madonna has no effs left to give. The controversial MDNA tour had its fair share of controversies with nip slips, tears and the superimposed swastika on French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen. As if that wasn’t enough drama for Madge, she was recently booed after her club gig performance at Olympia in Paris. Fans were not pleased when Madonna’s set ended after 45 minutes. Loud boos filled the room quickly, which were followed by water bottles thrown onto the stage. To really show their disappointment the attendees united with chants of “salope,” the French word for slut. The show was livestreamed on YouTube for all of the world to see, but none of the fans’ pleas were enough to get the Queen of Pop to return for an encore. Madonna marches to the beat of her own stilettos. Read more…

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Madonna Is Now Defending Her Use Of Nazi Imagery On MDNA Tour

Madonna is the queen of scandal, to be sure, but nipples and tears past pale in comparison to this latest MDNA tour controversy. Despite the criticism and legal threats drawn, Madonna refuses to remove the swastikas — including one superimposed onto French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen (as seen at 1:05) — or Hitler imagery from the video projection that accompanies her “Nobody Knows Me” tour performance. Rather, she’s defending the offending footage. As Madge explained in an interview with Brazil’s Fantastico, the American Life track is about “how much we judge people before knowing them,” and she therefore feels that the inclusion of controversial imagery fits her message about “the intolerance that we human beings have for one another.” “Music should be about ideas, right? Ideas inspire music, right?” she said. That’s a slippery slope of logic. Do you think she’s has taken it too far this time?

Madonna Defends Her Use of Nazi Symbol [ArtsBeat]

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Madonna Parties In The Backseat Of A Convertible In “Turn Up The Radio”

Living la dolce vita is the motto in Madonna’s “Turn Up the Radio” video. As one of the world’s biggest pop stars, life gets hectic. But when life hands Madonna lemons she doesn’t make lemonade, she rides through the countryside of Italy in a vintage convertible escorted by a young, hot chauffeur. She escapes the noise of the flashes from paparazzi, but picks up various interesting individuals on the way. Nobody is off limits for Madge’s joy ride– breakdancers, random guys at the gas station, prostitutes, hitchhikers– they all have a place in her whip for fun times. Read more…