Madonna blames “thugs” over Paris concert backlash
During the recent Paris concert of pop singer Madonna, it ended up with the audience filling the stage with various kinds of debris — such as empty bottles — and yelling insults at the “Material Girl” singer, asking to give back the money they paid for the concert.
According to reports, in a statement on her official website, 53-year-old iconic artist Madonna has responded to the controversy:
“Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them. Unfortunately at the end of the show – after I left the stage – a few thugs who were
not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans.”
“The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again.”
As previous reports have stated, after performing for just 45 minutes on July 26 in Paris, France, 53-year-old Madonna was showered with boos from the crowd at the Paris’ l’Olympia which has a simultaneous broadcast on Youtube. A fan-filmed video footage of the aftermath of shows people from the audience shouting “Rembourssez! Rembourssez!” (“We want our money back!”), and chanting “salope” – the French word for “slut” – subsequently throwing empty bottles and plastic cups onto the stage. Meanwhile, other attendees of the Paris concert of Madonna took to Twitter their complaints, writing that a short performance of the pop star wasn’t worth the price of admission.
The Madonna fans, many of whom decided to camp out overnight just to purchase tickets, were fuming mad that the Paris concert — a last-minute and more intimate addition to her “MDNA” tour — was much shorter compared to her other performances.
Madonna talked about her “special affinity” with France and even included a rendition of ‘Je t’aime (Moi non plus)’ by Serge Gainsbourg in her set.
One fan of Madonna was quoted as saying that he thought the show was “pretty good,” although he was also quite disappointed about the short seto done by Madonna, taking note that “she didn’t even sing for an hour.”
Reports stated that crowd members of the Madonna concert had paid between €80 (£63/$98) and €280 (£219/$340) for tickets to the performance. Tickets were initially made available exclusively to members of Madonna’s official fan club before going on general sale.