Many entertainers have a peculiar driving need to express their
distaste for the Catholic faith, and usually in some flamboyant way.

So as blasphemies go, this
is terribly run of the mill these days, especially for Madonna. She’s
putting on a concert in Warsaw on one of the holiest feast days of the
year for Catholic Poles. On the feast of the Assumption, thousands
of Poles honor the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Jasna Gora shrine of the
famous ’Black Madonna’.

I would have passed it over as a news story, but found this remark to be intriguing:

“It’s not a problem for me to go to a concert on a holy
day, but the fact that on a Marian holiday somebody planned a concert
of a star, who is so provocative and blasphemous, is a devil’s trick,”
stated Jan Pospieszalski, a well known musician, journalist, and host
of the weekly show Warto Rozmawiac. Pospieszalski stated the protests
were coming too late, since approval for the concert had been given six
months ago. He added, “For me, mass culture which has to support itself
with transgressions, breaking taboos, is just too boring and
predictable.”

Outrage works too, but publicly shrugging the rock star’s stunt off as boring and predictable is somehow more potent.

Polish External Radio Service reported the remarks of
two young persons, Agnieszka and Mariusz, both under 30, who speculated
that the pop-star in engaging in a deliberate religious provocation to
shore up a flagging career.

“She’s just an old, pitiful lady, desperately looking for attention.
Artistically, she has nothing original to offer. She should really make
space for some young, talented artists,” said Agnieszka. “And if she’s
so brave and provocative, why doesn’t she go to some Muslim country and
try to offend their religion?”

Good question. The gig’s up on this routine.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....