Catholic groups in Poland are protesting against Madonna‘s Warsaw show tonight because it falls on the same day as the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.
Every year, Poles commemorate the date the city’s failed revolt against Nazi occupation began. At 5pm on August 1, sirens wail across Warsaw and people stand still to pay their respects to the 200,000 victims of the 63-day uprising.
Concert organisers have agreed to a proposal by city officials by showing a short film about the events of 1944 to appease the protestors, according to the BBC reports. A spokeswoman for concert organiser Live Nation, Ania Pietrzak, said: “It is an important moment in Polish history, so we have decided to remind people of that moment.”
However, catholic groups have started an online campaign urging people not to watch the concert – claiming more than 50,000 have signed up to their Don’t Go To See Madonna campaign. One group, Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade) says anti-Madonna Mass services and prayer sessions have been held. They accuse the singer of offending their faith by burning crucifixes and using crown of thorns imagery, adding that she promotes pornography.
It is the latest controversy to hit Madonna’s MDNA tour. Last week the singer blamed “a few thugs” for the controversial end to her Paris show last week (July 26), where fans reacted angrily after the singer left after performing eight songs.
Video footage uploaded to You Tube showed fans shouting “Remboursez!” and hurling plastic bottles onstage shortly after Madonna finished her 45-minute set.
At an earlier gig in France, the singer showed video footage of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead, the far-right political party threatened to sue the singer for “public insult”. She will return to the country for a gig at Nice’s Stade Charles-Ehrmann on August 21.