Over the years, Madonna has drawn flak for the eyebrow-raising elements of her musical act.
Criticisms like this continue to persist, evident with these recent hostile remarks pertaining to her two-night here in the Philippines.
Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Batangas did not mince words when he urged Filipinos to boycott the local leg of Madonna's "Rebel Heart" tour, the Queen of Pop's first in the country after several failed attempts.
Madonna's show, considered one of the most expensive foreign concerts to be staged locally, with ticket prices ranging from P3,150 for general admission to a whopping P57,750 for a VIP seat, kicks off tonight and will culminate tomorrow at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
The archbishop added, "Before it was Lady Gaga. Now it's Madonna. Why is the Philippines a favorite venue for blasphemy against God and the Holy Mother? Let us pray for our country that the devil will not succeed to draw anyone of this Pueblo Amante de Maria to his evil ways. Lord Jesus, save us from this ideological colonization. Mama Mary, protect the Philippines."
Well, you can't blame Archbishop Arguelles. Madonna, indeed, has often incorporated religious imagery in her usually sexually charged performances.
But the 57-year-old pop star has time and again dismissed the seemingly unending blasphemous jabs thrown her way, focusing on her ever-evolving art to stay relevant and still be a big player in the game. Unsurprisingly, members of the Catholic community, particularly the Vatican, weren't too fond of her stunts, which they deem are "in bad taste."
Going back to the archbishop's allegations of "subtle attacks of the evil one," maybe he was referring to the music video for Madonna's 1989 single, "Like A Prayer."
Arguelles may also have watched Madonna's live performance of "Live To Tell" during her "Confessions" tour, wherein she wore a faux "crown of thorns" and sang while being "crucified"...
...or her "Holy Water" live performance, which featured stripper nuns, cross-shaped dance poles, and a closing Last Supper-themed number:What about Madonna's numerous bouts with wardrobe malfunction...
Madonna's musical spectacles are most likely not your usual form of entertainment but using the word "evil" to describe a person or the fruit of one's labor might be too much. In fairness to the "Material Girl," she recently paid a visit to several children's shelters (Bahay Tuluyan Foundation, Hospicio de San Jose)...
As that famous TV punchline goes: Evil kaagad? Hindi ba puwedeng morally compromised muna?