A Thousand Lies
While Christian conservative groups in the Us are aiming to start a boycotting campaign to prevent the
NBC network from airing Madonna’s Confessions Tour this coming November, our reader SRE wrote an interesting
article about the controversial number in the show that is causing the commotion and explains us why this boycott is unfair. As the tour is almost over and there is no more need to “protect” our readers that have not yet seen the concert from
show spoilers we have decided to post this interesting article on our main news page. Click on the FULL ARTICLE option below, to read this interesting writing.
Thanks to SRE at http://blog.myspace.com/sre
for sharing this article with MadonnaTribe.com, home of Madonna fans.
Published today were several nasty reports about more censorship in our great country. NBC is planning to air the Confessions Tour this Thanksgiving. Now the Christian-right is threatening NBC so they pull the special because of Madonna‘s performance of “Live to Tell.”
The “cross thing” was never defended by Madonna‘s camp for a good reason. Anyone who sees the show knows it is not a mockery, satire or even offencive at all.
When “Live to Tell” starts, confessions of child abuse and other un-pleasantries are being narrated by her dancers over the instrumentation. Madonna rises on the cross. Throughout the song a count-up beings of the number of children who are orphaned by AIDS, totaling 12 million. Halfway through the song, Madonna gets off the cross and sings the bridge: “If I ran away, I’d never have the strength to go very far…How will they hear, when will they learn, how will they know?” The lyrics are sung as the shining cross stands behind her, images of these starving children beam, living…waiting to die in extreme poverty. The fires of hell surround her (video enhanced of course) with the bible verse “Whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers…you did it to me.” JESUS ~ Matthew 25:40
And while I would like to believe that religious leaders have not seen the performance…and they are whole heartedly insulted, I do not think it is the case.
I would bet anything that they have seen the entire performance of “Live to Tell.” And I would ensure you that they are ashamed of themselves, their parishes, their political leaders for whom they rally and elect, who have not done enough (and in some cases anything) to aide these children….their parents or their grandparents.
These religious leaders and Christian conservatives around the world, would encourage a blind eye turned to what is seen during “Live to Tell.” It’s not a mockery of Christ or the values held in any religion. It’s merely a call for their followers to step up and think outside themselves. It is a call for all of us to get off our crosses and contribute to life beyond the borders of nations, religions and nametags.
And while any detractors can easily label Madonna as a wannabee in the fight against extreme poverty…who cares? What if saving Africans from extreme poverty became all the rage amoungst the rich and famous? Who is going to suffer? You…for having to hear their good deeds in the papers? And while I can’t bank on Madonna’s sincerity, I can bank that the thousands of children to attend Madonna’s orphanage in Malawi or drink clean water from her to-be-built irrigation system will hold her “publicity stunt” in high regard.
I think what we really need is to threaten to ban the Catholic church, Jerry Falwell or Donald E. Wildmon of the AFA. They need to get off their crosses and start bringing awareness and relief to those parts of the world that continue to go desperately ignored by America and Europe. How would they hear, when would they learn, how would they know?
Thank you for your consideration,
Original source: http://blog.myspace.com/sre
thanks to SRE for sharing this article with MadonnaTribe.com, home of Madonna fans.