Will you have your gay card revoked if you criticize the Mighty M?
Well, no, but Madge is speaking out publicly about the media backlash that followed after her live YouTube performance streamed from a Parisian club last week.
On Friday, we brought you video of audience members reportedly upset by the brief appearance, booing and chanting "slut" as crew broke down the stage.
Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg was the first to comment on the dissatisfied "fans," writing in a statement:
Madonna’s Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank-you to France, which she expressed at the start of her show. Despite a grueling concert tour, she desperately wanted to perform for her fans in an intimate setting at the historic Olympia as a means to honor her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France’s long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years.
The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2,000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans.
The show cost Madonna close to a million dollars to produce. She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes. And by the way, she put on a fabulous show, which was streamed for millions of fans around the world.
Shortly after the videos of fans booing and being crass went viral, some sites began to suggest that supporters of National Party President Marine Le Pen (shown with a swastika on her forehead at Madonna's show) were planted in the audience in protest to the superstar.
Madonna placates the theory by saying those who criticized the show were not "real fans" both in a statement and at the most recent MDNA stop in Vienna, Austria.
Reads Madonna's statement:
Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them. Unfortunately at the end of the show – after I left the stage – a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again.
Said Madonna in Vienna:
What do you think about Madonna's decision to tackle the issue, and, more importantly, how she handles it?