Madonna's Top 5 MDNA World Tour Transgressions

Madonna's Sex book turned 20 years old this week. The literary capstone on pop music's most frankly sexual career (sorry, Prince), the glossy collection of softcore smut managed to shock even the Material Girl's most ardent fans, crossing a few lines that many weren't entirely aware existed.

Gay sex, interracial threesomes, lesbian bondage and public nudity were nowhere near mainstream novelties back in 1992, and they ain't much closer now. Madonna didn't care -- she was determined to live out a personal fantasy of exhibitionism and creative control that continues to this day.

That's right: Even in her fifties, Madonna continues to gleefully push the buttons of people prone to shock and outrage. On her current MDNA world tour, threats of boycotts, lawsuits and even criminal charges still follow her wherever she goes, nearly as reliable as the prospect of another sold-out show.

Some of you planning to attend one of her Toyota Center performances tonight and Thursday may prefer to go in unspoiled, ready to be surprised and titillated by Mistress Madge's machinations. To our more voyeuristically inclined readers, however, Rocks Off is pleased to present the Top 5 transgressions perpetrated on the tour so far.

5. Packing Heat In Denver

In the wake of the terrifying Dark Knight Rises mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., it's understandable that people might be a tad uneasy about gun violence in the Mile-High City. Naturally, that didn't stop Madonna from busting a few theatrical caps onstage as part of her routine for MDMA's "Gang Bang," a semi-danceable jumble of ham-fisted metaphors.

Though some Colorado concertgoers were left queasy and outraged when Ms. Ciccone aimed a prop weapon at the crowd and "shot" a masked burglar onstage, the sequence has been a staple of Madonna's current world tour since the very beginning. Though it would have probably been more conscientious of her to drop that number from her set for a night or two, if there's one thing Madonna has proven over the years, it's that she doesn't change her show for anybody.

Although some fans reportedly walked out and later complained mightily to local media outlets, the vast majority of the Denver crowd took the routine in stride and enjoyed the rest of the show.

4. The "Black Muslim" Incident

Madonna's no stranger to poking fun at the religious beliefs of powerful people, particularly her reliable frienemies in the Catholic Church. During her latest Washington, D.C., performance, she added a startling new jab toward the faith-obsessed:

"We have a black Muslim in the White House," she said. "Now that's some amazing shit! It means there is hope in this country."

Was Madonna endorsing Islam? Embracing the batshit view that the President is secretly a Muslim sleeper agent? Or simply praising America's choice in leaders with tongue planted firmly in cheek?

With a well-practiced eye-roll, Madge confirmed after the fact that she was, in fact, joking. She told The Washington Post, "Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim -- though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were? The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to."

No word yet on her official views regarding his birth certificate.

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