Russian Orthodox Church calls for boycott of Madonna concert
AFP August 4. 2006
Russia's Orthodox Church accused US superstar Madonna of exploiting
Christian symbols for her own ends and called for a boycott of her
first-ever concert in Moscow.
"The US singer Madonna exploits Christian symbols -- the cross, rosary beads
and the crucifix -- and tries to equate human passions, including her own
personal passions, with something sacred," the spokesman for the patriarch
of Moscow said.
"I don't think that Orthodox believers should support this lady by going to
her concert," father Vsevolod Chaplin said on Echo of Moscow radio station.
She "needs spiritual help because she swings between Christianity and
Kabbalah," he said, referring to a branch of Jewish mysticism that the
Madonna will perform in Russia for the first time on September 11 as part of
her "Confessions" world tour. The concert will take place on a specially
constructed stage on Sparrow Hills overlooking the city centre, close to
Moscow State University.
The pop diva will arrive in the Russian capital with 57 trucks and 200
tonnes of equipment in tow, the organisers said. Tickets cost between 1,500
rubles (55 dollars, 45 euros) and a hefty 25,000 rubles (930 dollars, 730
Madonna kicked off the European leg of her world tour in the Welsh city of
Cardiff on July 30 where she gyrated on a saddle floating above the stage
and sang from a crucifix in a performance involving provocative dance
She has often sparked outrage among religious leaders with raunchy video
clips, notably when she kissed a black Christ in front of a burning cross in
her 1989 hit "Like a Prayer".
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