It smacked of a pathetic attention grab by an artist with little current relevance — and who just four months ago blasted such antics.
Before her Super Bowl XLVI gig in February, Madonna guaranteed there would be no “wardrobe malfunction” during her performance, akin to Janet Jackson’s slip during halftime of the 2004 Super Bowl.
Madge ripped those kind of on-stage antics as cheap attention grabs. “You don’t have to show your nipples to be interesting, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re cutting-edge if you do,” Madonna lectured back then.
Now fast-forward to Istanbul on Thursday night, as Madonna performed her 1995 hit Human Nature in the cradle of western civilisation.She did a striptease during the number, getting down to a black lace bra.
The dance culminated with Madonna pulling down one cup of her bra, and exposing her right breast for a little more than a second. Madonna flashed a dramatic been-there, done-that snarl on her face immediately following the flash.
She then briefly turned her back on the crowd, showing off a huge tattoo with the big, bold words: No fear. The crowd went wild when Madonna let it loose. And there has been no major backlash to the peep show in the predominantly Muslim nation.
Madonna has been the queen of drama during her worldwide summer tour. She got people talking last week by placing a swastika on a picture of conservative French politician Marine Le Pen during a show in Tel Aviv.
The French National Front leader ripped Madonna and called her a has-been. The next stop on Madonna's MDNA tour will be Rome where she will take to the stage at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening.