She gave an interval performance to remember in Israel.
But true to form Madonna‘s performance at Eurovision 2019 was not without controversy.
And it caught the attention of a local politician in Rotterdam for all the wrong reasons.
Maurice Meeuwissen, chairman of Rotterdam’s political party PVV, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would propose a ‘Madonna ban’ for Eurovision 2020. A ban which says that Madonna won’t be welcome at Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands next year. Especially not if the event would take place in Rotterdam.
PVV – Partij voor de Vrijheid or Party for Freedom – is a nationalist, right-wing, populist party in the Netherlands.
The chairman announced on Twitter that the ‘Madonna ban’ would be discussed and voted on during the city council on Tuesday 9th of July.
VANDAAG, dinsdag 9 juli 2019, stemt @gemeenteraad010 over PVV motie
"MADONNA verbod Rotterdam tijdens Songfestival"??
??@Madonna | ??#antisemitisme | #ESF2020 | #Songfestival? | #PVV
— Maurice Meeuwissen (@Meeuwissen_PVV) July 9, 2019
The Palestinian flags that Madonna used in her performance in Tel Aviv this year were the reason that caused this proposal.
Newspaper ‘Het Parool’ spoke to the Queen of Pop last month, after her Eurovision performance. In this interview she addresses the controversy around her performance in the grand final:
“I was really happy with my performance and I did exactly what I planned to do. I’m proud of the message I conveyed: peace between Palestinians and Israel. That was what I came to do”.
Will we see Madonna at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 again? There will be no doubt, the answer is no. She mentioned that she will skip the event this time. She adds: “You don’t need any more trouble”.
After the city council took place, it became clear that Maurice Meeuwissen was the only one who actually voted for his own proposal. The motion was turned down by the majority of votes. Other political parties called the motion “ridiculous”. For the most part, they are looking forward to welcoming Eurovision (and Madonna if she has a change of heart) in Rotterdam.
Whether the contest will be held in Rotterdam or not is still to be decided.
The few cities handed in their bid books earlier this week and they are being discussed right now. Broadcaster NPO announced that from next week on, there will only be two cities left to choose from. Will it be Rotterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem, s-Hertogenbosch or Maastricht? The broadcaster plans to announce the host city next month.
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