Friday, September 22, 2006

Time goes quickly...

It seems like just yesterday that I was in Boston and then Miami sweating my ass off at Madonna's amazing Confessions Tour.

Alas, she has finished the tour in Japan. Nothing more to confess, I guess?

Well, Madonna has confessed one final thing:

Madonna Releases Statement Explaining Crucifix Scene From Confessions Tour

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 21, 2006 -- As Madonna's Confessions Tour comes to an end in Japan this week, the artist has released a statement regarding the much talked about Crucifixion scene.

"I am very grateful that my show was so well received all over the world. But there seems to be many misinterpretations about my appearance on the cross and I wanted to explain it myself once and for all. There is a segment in my show where three of my dancers 'confess' or share harrowing experiences from their childhood that they ultimately overcame. My 'confession' follows and takes place on a Crucifix that I ultimately come down from. This is not a mocking of the church. It is no different than a person wearing a Cross or 'Taking Up the Cross' as it says in the Bible. My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous. Rather, it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another and to see the world as a unified whole. I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive today he would be doing the same thing."

"My specific intent is to bring attention to the millions of children in Africa who are dying every day, and are living without care, without medicine and without hope. I am asking people to open their hearts and minds to get involved in whatever way they can."

"The song ends with a quote from the Bible's Book of Matthew: 'For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me and God replied, "Whatever you did for the least of my brothers... you did it to me."'

"Please do not pass judgment without seeing my show."

Madonna's "Confessions Tour - Live From London" is scheduled to air on NBC this November. NBC has not confirmed whether they will include this portion of the show in their broadcast.

So, there you have it. Well, not ALL of it. NBC has made their decision and it's a poor one:

NBC Backs Off Madonna Crucifix Scene
American Family Association Chairman Donald E. Wildmon says NBC will not air the scene showing Madonna being crucified in the upcoming November special. "NBC does not want a fight with AFA and the Christian community, said Wildmon.

"NBC may wiggle and wobble, but in the final analysis, they will not show that scene. We expect a public announcement from NBC canceling the scene within two weeks."

According to New York Daily News, the NBC network is retreating from an earlier announcement of its plan to air a two-hour concert special featuring Madonna hanging on a cross wearing a fake crown of thorns. NBC Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly had said earlier Madonna considered the scene mocking the crucifixion of Christ the highlight of her show.

"We (NBC) viewed it and didn't see it as being inappropriate."

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...However, his opinion changed quickly after NBC came under tremendous pressure from American Family Association and its supporters to cancel broadcasting of Madonna's blasphemous actions. Wildmon said if the networks continue to show their disrespect and animosity toward people of the Christian faith, the opposition against them will only grow stronger.

And, so the "dumbing down" of America continues, as we all still are absorbed into the "collective". Yuck.

As a "gift" to all that love Madonna, here's a download for a studio mix demo of "Hung Up" as it appears in the Confessions Tour. Enjoy!


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