If there’s one woman who doesn’t take kindly to being told what to do, it’s Madonna.
Yet the singer has backed down from staging one of her most dangerous stunts yet — messing around with a traditional Muslim bridal costume.
Madge had planned to prance around in her new music video — and possibly on stage — dressed as a “Terror Bride” as a comment on women’s oppression and war.
She already had the outfit — a mix of a traditional Iraqi bridal veil and a US soldier’s uniform — stitched up to fit her and had tried it on.
But when Madge’s advisers warned her the stunt was asking for trouble, she took the unusual step of backing down at the last minute.
A source said: “Madonna had the outfit ready to go. She was really proud of it and said it was her ‘Terror Bride’ costume.
“She had paraded around in it and said she was going to wear it in her next music video.
“At first when people started telling her it was madness she just brushed it off.
“But when they mentioned that her actions could put her life at risk she decided to ditch it from her video and certainly won’t be wearing it on stage.
“She was really disappointed as she was so adamant about it.
“And even when she said she wasn’t going to go ahead she winked that it was being put aside ‘for now’.”
The video clearly wasn’t intended for the track off her latest MDNA album I Don’t Give A … as she obviously does.
She will now change the next video to the inoffensive track Superstar.
Wise choice to drop it — but sad to see Madge censoring herself.
Over the decades she’s withstood threats from everyone from stalkers to the Russian mafia and Muslim fanatics who despise her dedication to the Jewish Kabbalah sect.
And on her current tour she’s been defying anti-gun lobbyists by gleefully blasting weapons on stage.
Some critics got especially worked up when she got her guns out at her Edinburgh gig in July — just 48 hours after the Batman cinema massacre in Colorado.
Madge’s tour is still going strong and last night she played the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
It has to be said Madge still likes a good row.
I wouldn’t have liked to have been the messenger telling her the Terror Bride wasn’t one of her brightest ideas.
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