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Eurovision scolds Madonna for dancer flashing Palestinian flag

Associated Press
While Madonna performed her new single, two of her dancers flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags pinned on their backs.

Jerusalem – Eurovision Song Contest organizers say they were taken aback by the display of a Palestinian flag during Madonna’s guest appearance, which defied contest rules.

While Madonna performed her new single, two of her dancers flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags pinned on their backs.

The European Broadcast Union, or EBU, said Sunday that Madonna had not cleared that part of the act with broadcasters and “was advised as to the non-political nature of the event.”

Yet most reactions to Madonna’s performance had nothing to do with her political gesture. Many panned her for singing off key.

Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams paid over $1 million to bring Madonna in for the event.

EBU also said it is considering “consequences” for Iceland’s performers, who whipped out a Palestinian flag during the vote tally.

A supporter of the Coalition of Women for Peace wears a mask depicting Madonna during a rally for lifting the Gaza blockade and to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday.