Madonna used the N-word in radio interview in France today (Feb. 27); not the n-word well known in the U.S. but one just as despised in Europe–Nazism– to protest rising anti-Semitism across the continent.
The 56-year-old singer compared France and Europe generally to Nazi Germany because of the rise of what she said was religious intolerance.
Germany’s Third Reich under Hitler persecuted and systematically murdered more than six million Jews during World War II.
Madonna targeted her remarks at France’s hard-right National Front party and its leader Marine Le Pen.
Madonna clashed with Le Pen in 2012 when she flashed images of the political leader with a Swastika on her forehead juxtaposed with images of Hitler during a concert in Israel. Le Pen vowed to sue her if she did it again in France.
Madonna backed down and did not show the images, but she said the situation in France is still the same, and getting worse.
“What I said two years ago is valid today. It’s not just happening in France, it’s all over Europe. But particularly in France. The level of intolerance is so enormous, it’s scary,” she said in the interview on France’s Europe 1 radio station.
She noted that France once “embraced everyone and encouraged freedom in every way, shape or form artistic expression of freedom.
“Now that’s completely gone,” she added. “The level of intolerance is so enormous, it’s scary.”
Part of the violence against Jews has come at the hands of Islamic extremists, but hard-right elements in France frequently targeted immigration and the rise of the country’s ethnic population.
Madonna called the National Party “fascist.”
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