While many-a-viewer was praying Madonna would find and stay on the right key while performing her legendary hit, ‘Like a Prayer,’ at the 2019 Eurovision Songwriting Contest yesterday (May 18), others scolded the diva for stirring controversy during her musical medley.
As we reported here, before the Pop icon’s performance was even confirmed for the showing the rumor alone was greeted with protests from pro-Palestinian activists who were pressuring companies, performers, and more to disengage from Israel as this year’s contest, the 64th annual, was hosted in Tel Aviv.
Madge shrugged off protests and argued her performance would be used to promote unity. It did everything but.
Madonna’s Eurovision performance, in which two of her dancers wore Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs (as seen above), incited fury among audience members and viewers as the contest was aired to a whopping 200 million viewers. Among the offended, Israeli culture and sport Minister Miri Regev has made headlines for slamming the incident.
Branding the occurrence an ‘error,’ she went on to say:
“I think you shouldn’t involve politics in a cultural or musical event like this. I think it was a mistake and inappropriate, and with all due respect to Madonna things like that shouldn’t happen,” Regev told reporters.
The sentiment echoes statements from the European Broadcast Union, or EBU, who claim Madonna had not cleared that part of the act with broadcasters and “was advised as to the non-political nature of the event.”
In fact, reports have it consequences are being considered for the infraction. Until they are confirmed, click here to see the Queen of Pop’s Eurovision performance in full.
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