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Madonna: I Know What Jesus Would Do

9/22/2006 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Madonna has finally spoken out about the controversial mock-crucifixion scene in her "Confessions" world tour, and she thinks that if Jesus were a global pop icon he would hang himself from a big, lighted cross on stage as well.

As NBC vacillates over whether it should air the provocative portion of Madge's show in its broadcast special in November, Madonna decided to respond to all the criticism, saying in a statement that putting herself up on the cross "is no different than a person wearing a cross or 'taking up the cross' as it says in the Bible ... it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another." And then: "I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive he would be doing the same thing."

Whatever Jesus might do, Madonna is certainly raking it in: The "Confessions" tour has brought in $193.7 million from its 60 shows, making it the highest-grossing tour ever by a female artist, surpassing the $192.5 million Cher made over 273 shows during her nearly three-year "Farewell" tour of 2002-2005.


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Enrique    

A pig is a pig is a pig...Madonna was a pig before, Madonna is a pig now...must we be subjected to all this PIGGERY in the news. Making a lot of money just means that there are a hundred million fools in the world. Ignorance is more prevalent than wisdom.

Don't tell me she has changed your life! It had to be a pretty sorry life to begin with to consider her an improvement over it.

2953 days ago
47.

Enrique    

So, she is marketing Jesus? Gee, that's worse than 100 million bible-thumpers!

2953 days ago
48.

Enrique    

1. Madonna is the ultimate icon - simply nobody can come close to her!
WARNING: This thread will surely be plagued by stupid Mariah fans again!

Posted at 9:13AM on Sep 22nd 2006 by Nix

CORRECTION.....Madonna is the ultimate CON.

2953 days ago
49.

THE SOURCE    

If we would have those Religious Morale people who really felt for different cultures we would not have to have musical Groups like the Dixie Chicks and Madonna to try to open eyes on the world problems we Elect these sad people in office does it even occur to any of you who critize her to know that she just dontated 3 million dollars to hungry kids in Africa. Before you pass judgement you should look into why churches are tax exempt here in the U.S. we could have that $$$ to help the hungry kids in the U.S.

2951 days ago
50.

Tomislav    

It is amazing how many stupid people put their comments here (Jesus is alive, Madonna will burn in hell....???) What is wrong with this people?

God Please bless America!!!! and make them less idiotic

2939 days ago
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Tomislav    

I'm offended by her current plans for the TV show......let's see how the sponsors (of the TV show) react......I plan to let them know how I feel....

Posted at 10:31AM on Sep 22nd 2006 by Dea

Dear Dea...you are sick patetic looser...I hope you understand that

2939 days ago
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Cyndee Munsey    

I cannot believe this woman isn't she 50 something? Hanging on a cross. What kind of morals is she teaching her kids? I f Jesus were alive on the earth he sure wouldn't be a rock star, I think he'd be trying to save her soul.

2933 days ago
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