Madonna’s Parisian fans were less than impressed on Thursday night, after the singer’s intimate gig at the famed l’Olympia Club turned into a PR disaster with booing and bottle throwing.
The 53-year-old Material Girl singer started off the gig in a typically modest Madge style, stating, “I have a special affinity with France, and I have for many years. It could go all the way to Napoleon because I think of myself as a revolutionary.”
However, the concert didn’t live up to Madge’s grandiose intentions and the reaction from fans was mixed, with some shouting for a refund as they left the 2,700 seater venue. Some fans, who enjoyed the MDNA star’s racy on-stage antics were let down by the show’s length, with the mum-of-three not even performing for an hour.
While on stage, she performed various tributes to French artists, as soon as she left the stage, cries of “salope” (the French word for sl*t) could be heard from the angry crowd. The l’Olympia was packed with Madonna die-hards, as tickets were released exclusively to members of her fan club and many queued since Wednesday to get a ticket to the intimate gig.
The concert was a last-minute addition to the star’s controversial MDNA tour and the short set saw Madge brandishing guns on stage and had obvious political undertones. The singer defended her use of Nazi imagery on stage, saying, “”There seems to be a growing intolerance around the world. In Greece, France, everywhere, people are trying to kick out all the immigrants, make people cover up and not show what their religious affiliation is.”
Earlier in the month, Madonna angered France’s far right party leader Marine Le Pen by superimposing an image of a swastika onto her head. The National Front Party has since announced that they will sue the singer, which has been met with a grovelling apology from Madge.
She said, “I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me. It’s not my intention to make enemies. Before the civil rights movement in America, African American artists were not allowed to perform in America, but France opened its arms to Josephine Baker, Charlie Parker, to people of colour and people who were different. Minorities felt welcome in France.
“If we don’t learn from history we will just repeat it. So the next time you want to point the finger at somebody and blame them for the problems in your life take that finger and point it back at you.”
Political controversy, insensitive onstage antics and a desperation to cling to her youth – is Madonna past it?