SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records
September 21, 2006 15:33 ET
NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 21, 2006 -- As Madonna's Confessions Tour comes to an end
in Japan this week, the artist has released a statement regarding the much
talked about Crucifixion scene.
"I am very grateful that my show was so well received all over the world.
But there seems to be many misinterpretations about my appearance on the
cross and I wanted to explain it myself once and for all.
"There is a segment in my show where three of my dancers 'confess' or share
harrowing experiences from their childhood that they ultimately overcame.
My 'confession' follows and takes place on a Crucifix that I ultimately
come down from. This is not a mocking of the church. It is no different
than a person wearing a Cross or 'Taking Up the Cross' as it says in the
Bible. My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or
blasphemous. Rather, it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to
help one another and to see the world as a unified whole. I believe in my
heart that if Jesus were alive today he would be doing the same thing.
"My specific intent is to bring attention to the millions of children in
Africa who are dying every day, and are living without care, without
medicine and without hope. I am asking people to open their hearts and
minds to get involved in whatever way they can. The song ends with a quote
from the Bible's Book of Matthew:
"'For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was naked and you gave me
clothing. I was sick and you took care of me and God replied, "Whatever you
did for the least of my brothers... you did it to me."'
"Please do not pass judgment without seeing my show."
Madonna's "Confessions Tour - Live From London" is scheduled to air on NBC
this November. NBC has not confirmed whether they will include this portion
of the show in their broadcast.
The artist is scheduled to come to New York at the end of October to
promote her new children's book "The English Roses - Too Good To Be True"
and has also announced her plans for a trip to Malawi for several weeks in
November to participate in the building of an orphanage and care center for
the children of that country (www.raisingmalawi.com).
Press Contact:Liz RosenbergWarner Bros. Records212email@example.com
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