More Trouble for Madonna

Concert on Warsaw Uprising anniversary triggers boycott calls
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2012 1:42 AM CDT
More Trouble for Madonna
A cyclist rides past a defaced Madonna concert billboard in Warsaw, Poland. Residents are angry that the concert is being held on the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis.   (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Now the Poles are upset with Madonna. In the latest uproar over the singer's European tour, Polish veterans groups—along with Catholics—are protesting her concert tonight because it falls on the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. Ticket holders are being asked to boycott the show, and a conservative member of Parliament even appealed to the government to ban the performance. Concert organizers have agreed to present a short clip at the performance about the city's failed 1944 revolt against Nazis that cost 200,000 lives, but it's not clear if that will be enough to stave off the boycott.

Concert billboards have been defaced with the logo of the Polish Home Army, the largest underground army in Nazi-occupied Europe, reports the BBC. Catholics, meanwhile, are incensed about the 53-year-old singer's use of a burning cross and a crown of thorns in her performance. (More Poland stories.)

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