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Yes, censor Madonna...

Singer Madonna performs during a concert in Paris on her Rebel Heart Tour, which will be coming to Singapore with some changes.
Singer Madonna performs during a concert in Paris on her Rebel Heart Tour, which will be coming to Singapore with some changes. PHOTO: REUTERS

I refer to Holy Water Dropped, Other Adjustments Made To Madonna's R18 Show (The Straits Times, Jan 7).

I applaud the Media Development Authority for taking a firm stand in disallowing the diva to perform religiously sensitive songs during her concert here.

Madonna is a talented and popular singer who has millions of fans all over the world, but some of her songs demean the Catholic faith by using holy water and crosses, icons which are sacred to Catholics.

Even though Singapore is loosening its stance on censorship, censorship is necessary when undesirable elements are weaved into performances as they can easily influence the audience in the wrong way.


Raymond Anthony Fernando

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2016, with the headline 'Yes, censor Madonna...'. Print Edition | Subscribe