Madonna has final word over crucifixion

It was for a good cause, says singer

Madonna has been forced to defend her much criticised mock crucifixion again after completing her Confessions world tour last night (September 21).

The singer has repeatedly come under fire for the crucifix segment in her show, which sees the star performing her song ‘Live To Tell’ suspended from a giant cross wearing a crown of thorns.

The scene has caused so much outrage worldwide that US TV station NBC is even considering chopping it from an up-and-coming broadcast of her tour, reports the BBC.

However Madonna has defended the imagery, saying it forms part of an appeal to her audience to donate money to Aids charities.

In a statement she added: “Religious groups have complained about the cross scene and NBC is still deciding whether to include it in a November broadcast of the tour.

“It is no different than a person wearing a cross. My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous.

“It is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another.”

Madonna wrapped up her world Confessions tour at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.