Madonna defended her use of a swastika during a recent Paris concert, following criticism from French political leaders, according to The New York Times.
During the song “Nobody Knows Me,” an image of Marine Le Pen appeared on a giant video screen with a swastika superimposed on her face. An image of Adolf Hitler followed Le Pen’s.
Le Pen is the president of the far-right French political party National Front. She ran for president of France in 2012, receiving nearly 18 percent of the vote in the April election. A representative for Le Pen stated that she plans to file suit against Madonna for “public insult,” The Guardian reports. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, a spokesperson for France’s Socialist government, called the image regrettable.
Madonna defended the use of the image, stating that it causes the viewer to think “how much we judge people before knowing them.” Madonna also noted that intolerance is the theme of the song. Other notable figures included in the video montage were Sarah Palin and Pope Benedict XVI.