Madonna criticized for being too late for her concert

By Zhang Rui
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American superstar singer Madonna held her concert in Hong Kong last night before enthusiastic fans, but she was also criticized by many for being late.

Singer Madonna brings the latest leg of her "Rebel Heart Tour" to Hong Kong on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. [Photo/CRI] 

Madonna has taken Hong Kong by storm on the Asia leg of her "Rebel Heart Tour." Thousands of fans, including local celebrities, gathered to see her first performance in the city.

But the pop queen's "late" behavior was furiously criticized by audiences, and outspoken Tiffany Chen, China Star Entertainment Group producer and wife of Hong Kong film guru Charles Heung, led the protest, although she didn't attend the event.

"Tonight, many of my friends complained on social networks that Madonna only showed up at around 10:30 p.m. while she was supposed to start her concert at 8:00 p.m.," Chen wrote on her Weibo microblog account. "I feel I had foresight to refuse to attend her concert. Not showing on time indicates her big ego and bad professional work ethics."

Madonna was also two-and-a-half hours late for her Taipei concert. "She didn't respect Chinese audiences, and didn't respect arts," Chen continued. "Some Chinese are too low and too servile sometimes, and when they see foreigners their legs just want to kneel down. If she was a Chinese entertainer, how dare she be late like this? The venue must be smashed into pieces by the audience."

Chen also criticized Madonna for waving the Taiwanese flag in the concert at a politically sensitive time between the mainland and the island across the Strait.

Though many applauded Chen's remarks, Madonna's fans said they were willing to wait five hours for the icon because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the legend perform. Actually, when the singer eventually showed up on stage last night, the fans' enthusiasm and screaming hit top decibels again.

Tickets for the first of two concerts at the AsiaWorld-Expo Arena ranged from 688 Hong Kong dollars (US$88) up to a staggering 16,888 Hong Kong dollars (US$2,168) for premium VIP packages.

Madonna's latest world tour, which began in Montreal in September, will continue in Macao, Manila and Singapore. It'll then head to New Zealand and Australia, reaching Sydney on March 20. There is no plan for her to perform on the Chinese mainland.

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