Madonna singing, not speechifying, in Bucharest.(Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)
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Madonna Booed in Bucharest

For anti-discrimination comments

by
Allison Hoffman
August 28, 2009
Madonna singing, not speechifying, in Bucharest.(Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

So Madonna got booed in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, last night. Why? Well, because she took a moment in the middle of her “Sticky and Sweet” show to tell her fans that it made her “very sad” to learn that Roma, or Gypsies, are still discriminated against in Romania and other parts of Eastern Europe. Though the 60,000 fans apparently warmly applauded Madonna’s opening act, the Kolpakov Trio (a Russian group that includes two Roma and a Jew), they jeered and booed the pop diva’s impromptu lecture. “What business does she have telling us these things?” concertgoer Ionut Dinu asked the BBC. Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, told the broadcaster that Madonna felt “compelled to make a brief statement” in solidarity after the Kolpakovs explained the situation. Now we can’t wait to see what else Madonna—sorry, Esther—is compelled to express next week, when the tour hits Israel.

Allison Hoffman is a senior editor at Tablet Magazine. Her Twitter feed is @allisont_dc.

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