All guns blazing! Madonna comes under fire for brandishing AK-47 as she kicks off MDNA tour in Israel calling for 'world peace'
16:02 GMT, 2 June 2012
Madonna has been criticised for glamourising guns as she kicked off her MDNA world tour in Israel.
The singer performed characteristically controversial dance routines during which she brandished a machine gun and handgun, and as she sang her hit Revolver she wielded an AK-47.
Bizarrely, the superstar explained that she deliberately chose Israel as the starting point for her tour to send a message about 'world peace' just minutes beforehand.
She said: 'If there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world.'
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Inappropriate: Madonna has been criticised for brandishing guns during her dance routines at the start of her MDNA world tour in Israel
Madonna then launched into a series of dance routines holding the firearms.
The move has naturally been judged inappropriate considering that violence between the Jewish state and Palestinians is an immediate concern.
During her song Gang Bang Madonna wrestled a group of armed men before 'shooting' them.
Audience members and anti-gun groups have spoken out against the star.
Bizarre: Just minutes before launching into her performance Madonna said 'If there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world'
A spokeswoman for Mothers Against Guns told the Daily Star: 'There will be parents taking their kids along to her concerts who won't feel comfortable with the fact that she's desensitising them to deadly weapons.'
Chrissie Hall of the gun crime victims group Infer Trust told the paper: 'People who have been injured or bereved would find that extremely distasteful and distressing.'
According to the Mirror, one fan said: 'Given the problems this seemed tasteless and designed to create controversy.'
Reaction: Both fans and anti-gun groups have spoken out against the superstar's judgement
'It was pretty sick and plenty of the audience were not impressed with the guns.'
The 35,000-seat Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv was sold out as Madonna commenced her her 80 nation MDNA world tour on Thursday.
Showing off her super toned arms in black rock chick attire, and her cheeky side in a red and white cheerleader ensemble, the Queen of Pop certainly put on a show.
Rock chick: Madonna kicked off her MDNA tour in Tel Aviv, Israel and even played guitar
She's a flasher! Madonna revealed thick red hot pants underneath her cheerleader outfit
The mother-of-four spoke to the audience
between sets and revealed why she chose the Israeli city to launch her
She said: 'I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason.
can't be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world, we all bleed
the same colour,' she said as the crowd cheered wildly.
we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our
countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with dignity
and respect, then we are on the road to peace.
What a cheek! Madonna gave her fans an eyeful in the red and white outfit
Not alone: The singer was joined by various backing dancers who wore similar costumes to her
She continued: 'If there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world.'
reportedly donated 580 tickets to her show to members of both the
Israeli and Palestinian peace camps, but not everyone accepted the
kicked off with guts and guns being shown on the big screen inter-cut
with Catholic imagery before the star burst on stage.
The professional: Madge changed from an all American girl cheerleader outfit to a black ensemble
Giving all her love: The US singer performed an energetic routine with her backing dancers at the ready
With church bells ringing and bare
chested monks waltzing in front of a huge red cross – this was the
officially the church of Madonna.
mix of a melody with a Hebrew prayer built up the anticipation as Madge
emerged on stage in a confessional, breaking through its glass window
using a rifle, which she then aimed at the audience.
She wore a skin-tight black outfit to sing her first song Girl Gone Wild.
Madonna was then joined onstage by her 11-year-old son Rocco, who followed in his mother's footsteps when it came to outfit changes.
Red and white: The queen of pop showed no signs of slowing down as she worked it on stage
Blonde bombshell: Some burly men managed to get front row seats at the concert and one kept cool in a vest
The youngster wore an all black outfit with bright red braces as he danced with Madonna and then changed into a blue shiny vest and large headphones as he showed off his moves centre stage.
The fans enjoyed the grand opening and
one eager person tweeted: 'Bow To The Queen Madonna!! #MDNA TEL AVIV!”
Bow To The Queen Madonna.'
guns featuring heavily in the next two songs, Revolver, and Gang Bang,
the dancers and the Material Girl singer repeatedly fired guns into the
After the dark
introduction the tone switches up as Madge whips off her dark clothing
to change into a cheerleader outfit with her iconic cone shaped bra
making its first appearance as she performs vogue.
That's familiar: Madonna updated her iconic Jean Paul Gaultier cone bustier for the MDNA tour
The church of Madonna: Topless dancers dressed as monks performed at the sold out Ramat Gan stadium
Showgirl: The mother-of-four performed some high kicks while playing electric guitar in very high heeled boot
Madonna, who is dedicated to Kabbalah, put on a show that the large majority of her fans seemed to be ecstatic about.
fan Carmit Zindani, 32, beamed: 'There is simply nothing bigger than
Madonna starting her world tour here in the Holy Land. She is one of
Another follower said on Twitter: 'The true and only Queen Madonna ruled Tel Aviv, amazing show!'
That's my boy! Madonna was joined onstage by her 11-year-old son Rocco whose father is director Guy Ritchie
However, not everyone was impressed with her arrival in Israel as some decided to voice their protest against the queen of pop's visit in an ultra-Orthodox journal.
According to ynetnews.com, the Haredi journal hit out at her show describing it as 'disgraceful.'
The publication went on to say that
the residents of northern Galilee and Tiberius were 'shaken and
disgusted' after realising that Madonna intended to visit the holy
cities in northern Israel.
The singer, who is a well-known
follower of Kabbalah, was not referred to by name in the article, but
was instead call the 'famous gentile singer.'
Like mother, like son! Rocco also had several outfit changes including a monk's outfit and large headphones
Madonna is also said to be buying an
apartment in the district of Safed which has caused further 'pain and
rage within the god-fearing community.'
The journal described the star's
intentions as a 'Kabbalah sponsored gimmick,' and added that 'the
non-Jews abuse their faith in a ridiculous cult, turning the graves of
the righteous into a trendy and touristy place.'
The epic show marks the start of her ninth world tour and her first since her Sticky And Sweet set in 2008.
The church of Madge: Madonna kicked off her show with the backdrop of a red cross
From Israel, she will head to Abu Dhabi and then to Europe and the Americas before finishing in Australia in early 2013, where she has not performed in more than 20 years.
'Madonna changes outfits seven or eight times and the dancers change 10 to 15 times, depending on the dancer,' stylist Arianne Phillips told the WWD website.
She has signed up a list of designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, Fausto Puglisi and J Brand.
She has also planned to wear Prada and Miu Miu shoes, as well as footwear and lingerie from her own Truth or Dare line.