Is Madonna calming a commotion?
With her European tour landing back in France, the "Girl Gone Wild" singer has appeared to cave to critics in the country who've blasted her for juxtaposing a swastika over video of ultra-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen during her current MDNA tour.
After the party threatened to sue Madonna for the negative connotations associated with linking Le Pen to the Nazi symbol, according to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, the Queen of Pop altered the shocking image during Tuesday's performance in Nice of "Nobody Knows Me," dropping the swastika and instead projecting a question mark on Le Pen's forehead.
Gael Nofri, a National Front spokesman, was pleased with the modification.
"As as I know, Madonna has never changed a video clip," he told Agence France-Presse. "This is proof that our arguments were valid. This is excellent news."
The montage that accompanies the song shows the faces of various political leaders along with religious insignia, dollar signs and other symbols. In the original edit, the image of Le Pen overlaid with a swastika was followed by a picture of Adolf Hitler. That enraged party members despite the fact Le Pen's father, former National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been convicted of inciting racial hatred, including minimizing the Holocaust, on numerous occasions.
French newspapers subsequently described Madonna's decision "appeasement" and "giving in."
If it was, it wasn't much of a concession considering the 54-year-old entertainer has been sticking to her message advocating tolerance from the stage and expressed solidarity with Pussy Riot, the all-female punk band sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism after protesting Russian president Vladimir Putin in a Russian orthodox church.
Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, did not return an email seeking comment.
Nice was the final stop on the hitmaker's European jaunt (she played Paris three weeks ago with the video unaltered). The North American leg of Madonna's MDNA trek kicks off in Philadelphia on Aug. 28.