Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Controversy: Madonna's hail mary for relevance

We know what a hail mary pass is in football. You send your receivers into the end zone, toss the ball high in the air and hope one of them comes down with the catch.

Well, right now I'd say Madonna is performing a hail mary of sorts in her concerts.

In her "Sticky and Sweet" tour (something I probably would've thought was cool 25 years ago when I thought Madonna was hot), she flashed images comparing John McCain to Adolf Hitler.
Specifically, a video during her concert showed images of destruction, so-called man-made global warming, Hitler and McCain. Then, on the happy side the images showed John Lennon, Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi and Barack Obama.

It reminded me of that classic line from Animal Farm: Four legs (Obama) good, two legs (McCain) bad!

McCain blasted the ad, but he really should've ignored it. After all, Madonna is doing what she's always done--use controversy to draw attention to herself. I suspect she's in hail mary mode when you consider all the pretty female pop stars out there (Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, et al).

I find it amusing that Madonna would have such a strong opinion...hasn't she spent much of the past few years (until the last several months) living abroad in England?

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