Madonna scolded by Eurovision for Palestinian flag display

epa07583073 A handout photo made available by the Israeli Broadcasting Union shows American singer Madonna (C) performing at the Grand Final of the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Expo Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv, Israel, 18 May 2019. EPA-EFE/ORIT PNINI / ISRAELI BROADCASTING UNION / HANDOUT Orit Pnini for Israeli Broadcasting Union ?KAN? /Handout HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Eurovision Song Contest organizers expressed their disapproval for the display of a Palestinian flag during Madonna’s guest appearance during the final night of the contest. Something defied contest rules.

During her performance, two of her dancers onstage flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags pinned on their backs.

The European Broadcast Union (EBU), said that Madonna had not cleared that part of the act with broadcasters and “was advised as to the non-political nature of the event.”

Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams paid over $1 million to bring Madonna in for the event.

But most reactions to Madonna’s performance had nothing to do with her political gesture. Many panned her for singing off key.


Via Al Jazeera


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