NBC Doesn’t Find Madonna Crucifixion inappropriate During TV Concert … Do you? Religious Double Standard?


It would seem the networks find little inappropriate these days by what in on TV programming. According to The Drudge Report, NBC has given the green light to include “Madonna-on-the-Cross footage in an upcoming November Sweeps concert special”.


NBC suit Kevin Reilly said Madonna considered the crucifixion a highlight of her show. “We viewed it and didn’t see it as being inappropriate,” NBC explained.

NBC, besides being inappropriate, its also offensive. But what does NBC care of mocking Christianity. There is an open season on networks criticizing Christianity. Think NBC would have allowed it if Madonna was using the Koran as a prop or mocking Allah or Muhammad? No double standard here. Come on NBC, why don’t you allow equal time and have Madonna desecrate an Islamic symbol as well? What are you afraid of?


However, NBC thinks its perfectly OK for a crucifix to be used in this manner.

UPDATE: Could NBC be feeling the pressure? Do they really want thi head ache that may turn out to be a ratings ploy nightmare? Now NBC TV undecided about Madonna mock crucifixion

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The NBC television network is still making up its mind about whether it will allow pop star Madonna to stage a mock crucifixion on its airwaves as part of her upcoming prime-time concert special.

Her stage act drew storms of protest from the Roman Catholic Church and Russian Orthodox Church during recent performances in Rome and Moscow, with church leaders condemning the mock crucifixion as blasphemy.

Posted September 18, 2006 by
Media, Religion, WTF | 27 comments

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    27 Responses to “NBC Doesn’t Find Madonna Crucifixion inappropriate During TV Concert … Do you? Religious Double Standard?”

    1. Leslie on September 18th, 2006 11:48 pm

      …Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools…

      I cannot imagine how someone could be viewed as “mocking Christianity” by signing a song on a cross. I have read that Madonna was raised as a Catholic and is a very spiritual person who has studied the Kabbalah so I doubt she would desecrate a religious symbol. I don’t know what your definition of Christianity is but I cannot believe that “there is an open season on networks criticizing…(it)” Maybe you should wait until you actually see the performance before you make such a harsh judgement.

    2. Fam on September 19th, 2006 12:08 am

      I think it is mocking Christianity. What has happened to America and its values? Symbols that we once held dear are targets for Hollywood to use as they wish. Christianity is now targeted by the media for mockery otherwise it is outlawed. What would happen if Modanna was hanging from a statue of Mohammad?

    3. Scared Monkeys on September 19th, 2006 12:20 am


      I really hope you are joking … right? Please tell me you do not think she is honoring the cross?

      You honestly think its ok for Madonna to pretend she is being crucified on a cross? You catholic?

      Have you not seen her previous videos with the cross? I really do not think we need to wait for anything. If NBC had half a collective brain, they would not allow it.

    4. Leslie on September 19th, 2006 1:34 am

      As an American, she has the right to freedom of expression.
      Read about Madonna’s participation in a noble cause:


      SM: This has nothing to do with freedom of expression. It has to do with doing things that will insult or shock people for the exploitaion of marketing herself. The networks do not have to allow her to do this. She has no freedom to do anything when its on a network. Ask Bill Mahr if there is freedom of speech on the networks.

      Madonna does these things in the same manner that Howard Stern does. Shock Market at any cost.


    5. Carpe Noctem on September 19th, 2006 3:56 am

      someone give that tfb
      some lighter fluid and
      a complimentary effigy!

      I love it when they
      catch them selfs “a fir”
      when they’re all
      in a hizzy pucker!

      Makes my week! I’m a small person
      I know. …. ah but screw it,
      if the glove fits. -Johnny Cochran :)


    6. Richard on September 19th, 2006 5:21 am

      I suspect that Madonna will do or use anything to keep her name and fame out there before the public. Let’s keep in mind what Plato said about democracy … its fatal flaw is that everything is inevitably reduced to the lowest common denominator.

      That has always been true for much of the so-called entertainment world: things like “Leave It To Beaver” and “My Three Sons” were scarcely intellectual exercises. (I’ve read, though, that shows from that era are now popular with young people, Heaven only knows why.)

      Anyway, whatever the demerits of these things, they never involved the mocking of established cultural icons and the overwhelming moral anarchy, if you will, that seems to be so prevalent now. There’s something symbiotic here: the more outrageous the performance, the more the TV talk shows have fodder to denounce it.

      I suspect that Madonna cares not at all for anything save her career, and gives not a thought to anything except making a sensation. Not having a TV, I wouldn’t know.

      I don’t see any talent at work, just the cynical manipulation of outrage to engender attention. These days, being famous or infamous seems to produce its own rewards. The real horror is that our young people think that THESE are our cultural icons.

      Remember that anonymous waitress out West who recognized that little girl, Shasta Groene, when she was in the restaurant with her captor? And remember how she stalled the guy until the police arrived, taking a piece of human trash off the street?

      In my eyes, people like her or like Beth Twitty, if put in the scales, would easily be worth more than the whole entertainment world put together … and that specifically includes the talk show hosts and self-important news anchors.

    7. Carpe Noctem on September 19th, 2006 6:08 am


      Yes she has the right to do it…

      …and we have the right TO TURN IT THE HELL OFF.

      If I wanna watch an old crone throw her hip
      out… I’ll go down to BINGO NIGHT at the
      local VFW Hall.

      Madonna, 1985 is so over.


    8. vicki on September 19th, 2006 7:16 am

      I find it disgusting and offensive. What has America come to?

    9. Miss-Underestimated on September 19th, 2006 8:33 am

      This is the shock tactic that have been used before. Let’s face it sometimes your just too old to be IN so you use tactics to stay in the front. Mocking Christianity is a tatic used before by the Matronly Madonna, it keeps her in the mix. I will not watch. Alot Teenagers think she is a has been trying resurge.

      If she is so spiritual, part of that is to respect
      life respecting religions. I don’t think you’ll find it with her. And why doen’t that shock me.

      In my fake British accent ” Well my best friend is Rosie, tea anyone”

    10. Bob Ration on September 19th, 2006 9:51 am

      I believe in freedom of expression, but that freedom does not carry with it the right to have your expression heard, much less aired on public TV. Is this the best programming NBC can find for that slot? God help us. I would like to see madonna’s artistic bravery expressed as a something like… i dont know… maybe dressing as Mohammad the muslim pig farmer with something just as offensive and detestible to Islam – maybe in the 2nd act she even slaghters a live pig and eats its heart out while wearing a burka. THEN we can see which religion is truly the religion of peace.

    11. para2legal on September 19th, 2006 9:54 am

      Yes Richard, Madonna is all about her. Remember when she asked Pope John Paul to baptize her daughter? The Pope refused because Madonna wasn’t wed to the father.
      Madonna’s always been about marketing by sensationalism. Her popularity is waning. She’s worn cones for a bra, wrote a semi-pornographic book, pretended she was a virgin and kissed the girls. What else is left??? For those of us that have tv sets – a simple solution – turn the channel.

    12. Sharon Chicago on September 19th, 2006 9:57 am

      Yes Madonna and Howard Stern are cut from the same cloth…sleezy and trashy seem to be their hor’dourves!

    13. jacqueline on September 19th, 2006 10:40 am

      Some may find it offensive…turn it off.

      When I see some TV Evangelists on tv begging for MONEY for their church i find that offensive and turn it off. Pass the loot.

      For the record I am catholic, and I love Madonna. Guess it’s an eighties thing.

    14. KELMAL on September 19th, 2006 10:50 am

      Exactly VICKI, What has America come too ??????????????

    15. Brenda T. on September 19th, 2006 11:03 am

      Sharon…today, I can agree with you 100%.


    16. defiant_wench on September 19th, 2006 12:12 pm

      I agree with the posters who say, “If you don’t like it, turn it off.” I am not interested in watching her perform but I’m not going to get my panties in a wad over it.

    17. Carpe Noctem on September 19th, 2006 1:55 pm

      defiant wench

      did u also used to be monkey-wench?
      and a another
      type of wench?

      hi there

      Justice for Natlee

    18. da wench on September 19th, 2006 4:41 pm

      OOPS…lol. I didn’t mean to post under defiant wench. Yep, it’s me, da (the) wench or monkey wench on the hater website.

    19. Carpe Noctem on September 19th, 2006 5:09 pm

      I love our superior
      American fighting forces…
      and fully support them
      until the end of anything. (PERIOD)


      (see my pic)


    20. Maggie on September 19th, 2006 8:15 pm

      It works, it gets people looking at them and talking about them. Some people will do just about anything for attention.

    21. jackie on September 19th, 2006 10:45 pm

      Madonna will do anything for attention, she is getting old and has been and needs to be more and more outlandish to get attention.

    22. Austin on September 20th, 2006 3:57 pm

      If half of America stopped watching NBC owned stations it would definately prove a point. Doubt that would ever happen though. We put money in their pockets and they mock us smiling the entire time.

    23. J on September 21st, 2006 9:43 am

      What has America come to? Being controlled by right-wing Christian freaks who perpetuate the rumor of a liberal media. I work in television and it is ridiculous the things that you people call and complain about. If you don’t like it… the DON”T WATCH IT! You don’t see us calling and demanding Pat Robertson not to be aired with his immoral and evil preaching. Because WE believe in freedom of speech. You people believe in freedom of control. You are the bane of american society and culture. It’s either your way or no way. After all, Madonna did mock the taliban and how they treat women in her last concert, and no one complained about that. So get over your myths and your recycled arguments that are distributed by your morality lobbyist groups. You guys {{edit}} at life.


      SM: Moonbat ALERT … As for Pat Robertson … every foolish comment he made, he was forced to apologize and well he should have. You would compare mocking the Taliban and insulting  the cross as the same thing? There in lies your problem.

      You do not believe in FREE SPEECH … You believe in your own free speech and not for others. Spare me the drama.

      So what do you have against Christan’s?



    24. Jon on September 22nd, 2006 1:28 am

      I can’t stand the bitch, but isn’t it (cross) just a prop for a song? Lighten up, there too many other things to worry about on television.

    25. Miss-Underestimated on September 22nd, 2006 10:55 am

      NBC May Nix Maddona’s antics.

      Too many Christians spend too much money that says in God we trust


    26. Shari on September 25th, 2006 10:17 pm

      For those that truly understand the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for our salvation, we see the offense directed not at us, but at a Holy God whose mercy we desperately need. Madonna needs Jesus.

    27. Leslie on November 23rd, 2006 5:35 pm

      Here is the video:

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