Singapore’s Roman Catholic archbishop has urged a boycott of the Madonna’s upcoming Rebel Heart concert in the country because her music and props are insulting to religion.
Madonna has reportedly axed the segment of the concert featuring Rebel Heart track “Holy Water” that would normally feature female dancers dressed as half-naked nuns gyrating on crucifix-shaped stripper poles.
But in a statement top Roman Catholic cleric Archbishop William Goh still warned believers not to support those who “denigrate and insult religions” or “the ‘pseudo arts’ that promote sensuality, rebellion, disrespect, pornography [and] contamination of the mind of the young” at the expense of “the common good.”
“There is no neutrality in faith; one is either for or against. Being present is in itself a counter-witness,” he said.
“In multi-racial, multi-religious Singapore, we cannot afford to be overly permissive in favour of artistic expression at the expense of respect for one’s religion, especially in these times of heightened religious sensitivities.”
Madonna’s Singapore concert was last month slapped with an R-rating by officials, meaning concert-goers must be aged 18 years or over.
She’ll play two Rebel Heart concerts in Brisbane on March 16 and 17.