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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Madonna Vs.the Neo-Nazis

Well, it didn't take long this Gay Pride Month for Madonna to find herself featured in the news when the Material Girl once more took on right-wing political bullies abroad. As you know, Europe recently had a shocking turnout of support for extreme reactionary candidates, leading to victory for seats in European Parliament. Kind of the Tea Party goes European is the best translation I can offer for that unfortunate turn of events.

On Tuesday, June 3, the following report appeared on the LGBT news blog, Joe.My. God:

Yesterday Madonna today took a swipe at France's neo-Nazi National Front Party, which last week won numerous seats in the European Parliament. Today the National Front hit back. 

France's National Front on Tuesday branded Madonna a "Granny Gaga" after the global pop icon became embroiled in a new row with the resurgent far right party. Madonna had enraged the FN in 2012 by showing a video depicting its leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika over her forehead at a Paris concert. She took another swipe at the party on Monday with a post on her Instagram account. The post featured the front page of French newspaper Liberation from May 26, the day after the FN topped the polls in European elections with a record 25 percent of the vote. FN vice-president Florian Phillipot responded with a sarcastic suggestion Madonna was seeking controversy to court publicity at a time when her career has been eclipsed by the global stardom of younger rival Lady Gaga. "In politics too, Granny Gaga has lost the plot," Philippot tweeted.

Nazis can be so bitchy! Besides, they're getting much more publicity out of this than Madge in my humble opinion. Talk about your Eurotrash, honey! France, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, how did this happen? I find it frightening; despairing. And I'm firmly on Madonna's side in any contention in this matter.

The UK Mail reported:

The democracy watchdog Network for Democratic Culture said the far-right had been busy recruiting and throwing dozens of candidates into the  elections as they fed off fears and insecurities related to the economic crisis.

Opponents are pleased that their victories were not greater and that a sprinkling of seats in most places will not give the extremists authority over funding, immigration issues and other sensitive areas such as policing.
But long-term solutions to the far-right menace continue to evade policy makers.  The number of far-Right attacks last year rose to 20,422, with violent crimes up 5.6 per cent at 1,113 cases, including two killings.

Far-Right crimes accounted for two thirds of all "politically motivated" crimes last year, which reached 31,801 - an increase of 11.4 per cent and the highest level since 2001.

Lebanon's The Daily Star further explains Madonna's latest clash with National Front.

[Madonna] took another swipe at the party on Monday with a post on her Instagram account.

The post featured the front page of French newspaper Liberation from May 26, the day after the FN topped the polls in European elections with a record 25 percent of the vote.

The page shows a triumphant Le Pen celebrating the victory next to the headline, "FN France".

Madonna's caption read: "Russia. Ukraine. Venezuela ...., now France?!!!!! #fight Fascism #fightdiscrimination #fightlynchmobmentality #fighthatred #fightforffreedom #revolutionoflove


Back in 2012, Madonna was simply expressing herself and telling it like it was. And now, the beat goes on.







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