Madonna Live to Tell – Live in London
With the Confessions Tour having now premiered on TV in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, more comments and views are coming in from our readers and Madonna fans from all over the world. Here is the one sent in by our reader Johnny W today – be sure to add yours as well if you like – by sending us an email. Thank you everybody!
“NBC premiered Madonna’s Confessions Tour on the 22nd and (naturally) edited it (not just due to time restrictions but “demand”). Various Christian religious groups were against Madonna “mocking” Christ with her enactment of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Those who have heard Madonna’s explanation or (those who are less hypocritically) who have seen the show know she is not mocking Christ but bringing awareness about the plight of AIDS in Africa.
Channel 4 is a channel, which, generally, tries to break down barriers. Sometimes controversial but tries to stay honest. Tonight, in England, we watched Madonna Confessions Tour (edited to a schedule) but “bleeped” and “blurred” it was not.
“If I ran away…” Close up of Madonna’s face, the thorns, the cross and then the light in the background on the screens. I was watching Live to Tell, as it should be. Inter-cut with the AIDS epidemic images as Madonna intended. Expressing the message that we should do more for countries that need our western help.
We also saw the finger (“Sorry”), the heart (“I love New York”) – okay this one may be due to trademark – and heard the lyrics (“suck George Bush’s dick”). No bleeps, no blurs just pure Madonna, again as she intended.
Ok, we didn’t get “Drowned World”, “Paradise (Not For Me)”, “Lucky Star” etc. – (DVD Sticker) “CONTAINING PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN FOOTAGE OF LUCKY STAR…” – but in a society where we are allowed to see and hear Madonna say “suck George Bush’s dick” and not have a “higher” union censor it for us we should say “Ho” and wave our hands in the air like we don’t care. But what if she said “suck Tony Blair’s dick”. Would we still see it on UK TV?
A toast to Channel 4 and the Confessions Tour. Let’s look forward to the DVD and hope we can unite together and try to do our bit with the AIDS epidemic and the other monstrosities in the world. “Doing our bit” isn’t necessarily about going to Africa or donating to a charity. It can be educating your child / another person about awareness, listening to someone who is in a difficult moment, practising safe sex etc.
I’m not going to list all the Madonna cliché lyrics “Why’s it so hard…” etc. but just want to say a little thank you for being you. Madonna you are not going to change the world in a day and neither are we. But lets try.”