Madonna and Icelandic Bondage Group Spice Up Eurovision ContestBy
Madonna and a leather-clad punk group from Iceland added a tinge of political controversy to Saturday’s Eurovision song contest, held this year in Tel Aviv and broadcast to a global audience of about 200 million
The half-time show featured Madonna singing “Like a Prayer” and her new song “Future,” which ended with two of her dancers wearing Israeli and Palestinian flags on their backs. Organizers, keen to make clear that the event is supposed to be non-political, later said the details were not an approved part of the act.
Iceland’s Eurovision act could face sanctions. Hatari, a heavy-metal bondage trio who call themselves anti-capitalist and techno-dystopian, unveiled a small Palestinian banner while the public vote for their song was being announced, prompting TV footage to cut away within seconds.
In a statement, Eursion said its executive board will discuss the “consequences of this action.”