Madonna defended her recent use of a swastika superimposed on the face of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, arguing that the image was meant to highlight "the intolerance human beings have for one another."

"I always like to tell a story," the singer told a Brazilian television station (via the New York Times. "Music should be about ideas, right? Ideas inspire music."

The image appears behind the popstar during her rendition of "Nobody Knows Me." Last week, the far right party vowed to sue the singer after the image appeared during a concert in Paris.

Provocative imagery has long been a staple of Madonna's career. Most recently, she refused to cut guns out of her performance just days after the shootings in Aurora, Colo. Though a ban on guns on stage was in effect in Scotland (where she performed Saturday), the singer waved fake pistols and AK-47s as planned. Police had warned her against the gun-toting, a pre-existing part of the MDNA show.

The singer's tour is expected to be among the highest-grossing runs of all time. She's performing in support of MDNA, an album named after a pun on MDMA, a drug. The reference -- and her now infamous wink at ecstasy use at Miami's Ultra Music Festival ("how many of you have seen molly tonight?") -- irked dance music producer Deadmau5, who took Madge to task on Twitter. The feud was recently rekindled when Deadmau5 called her a "funky grandma" in an interview Rolling Stone.

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  • Flexible At 50

    Seeing as her 200-person entourage includes <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/16/madonna-mdna-tour-demands_n_1602774.html" target="_hplink">a personal yoga instructor</a>, it's no surprise that Madonna can rock a back bend at the 'Palais Omnisports de Bercy' in Paris on September 1st, 2004

  • Madonna's Infamous Make Out

    Who can forget the kiss seen round the world? Madonna shockingly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/madonna-says-britney-spears-good-kisser-wouldnt-do-it-again_n_1202998.html" target="_hplink">frenched Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera</a> at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 28th, 2003.

  • Madonna's Giant H&M Ad

    There's no escaping her - an enormous H&M advertisement featuring the queen of pop graced the front of Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood on March 28th, 2007. The pop star teamed up with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/hm-quarterly-earnings_n_1387098.html" target="_hplink">H&M as a designer</a> and is currently <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/21/madonna-truth-or-dare-perfume_n_1162456.html" target="_hplink">coming out with a new fragrance 'Truth or Dare'.</a>

  • Madonna Exposes Herself

    Madonna's been in the news recently for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/10/madonna-nipple-singer-flashes-nipple-concert_n_1584458.html" target="_hplink">flashing audiences on her 'MDNA Tour,'</a> but at least in Barcelona during her 'Sticky & Sweet Tour' on July 21, 2009 the only thing Madonna flashed was her upper thigh.

  • Madonna vs. Gaga

    It's a good thing <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/madonna-lady-gagas-music-reductive_n_1204380.html" target="_hplink">Lady Gaga</a> wasn't around when Madonna worked a pole in Amsterdam during her 'Confessions Tour' on September 3rd, 2006.<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/lady-gaga-madonna-born-this-way-video_n_1587198.html" target="_hplink"> Considering their recent feud</a>, Gaga might have received another<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/10/lady-gaga-concussion-hits-head_n_1584770.html" target="_hplink"> blow to the head </a>...

  • Madonna Hates Hydrangeas

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/06/madonna-absolutely-loathe_n_950084.html" target="_hplink">Madonna may loathe hydrangeas</a> but her February 8th, 2006 Grammy performance with The Gorillaz at the Staples Center in Los Angeles proved that she loves to perform.

  • Madonna's World Tour

    At age 53, Madonna is still somehow able to rock a high schoolers' majorette outfit <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/madonna-tour-mdna-israel-tel-aviv_n_1560630.html" target="_hplink">during her first stop on her MDNA tour</a> at Abu Dabhi's Yas Island Stadium on June 3rd, 2012.

  • Madonna's Halftime Show Woes

    Madonna has no problem resting on top of LFMAO band member Red Foo's shoulders during her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/10/madonna-slams-mia-middle-finger-super-bowl_n_1268816.html" target="_hplink">controversial halftime performance at the NFL Super Bowl XLVI </a> on February 5th, 2012

  • Madonna's Fights And Feuds

    Feet in the air without a care in the world, Madonna kicks off 2012 by headlining the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 5, 2012. Little did we know at the time, Madge would <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/25/madonna-ultra-music-festival-video_n_1378510.html" target="_hplink">perform with Avicii</a>, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/deadmau5--madonna-molly-ultra-_n_1379437.html" target="_hplink">feud with DeadMau5</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/04/madonnas-marine-le-pen-swastika_n_1567891.html" target="_hplink">France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen </a>all within the first six months of the year.


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