Music Photos of the Year 2012
May 31: Madonna performs on stage during her "MDNA" world tour kickoff in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Madonna says the image of a swastika that appears in a tour video was chosen "purposefully."

"That film that was created is about the intolerance that we human beings have for one another and how much we judge people before knowing them," the pop star told a Brazilian TV channel, via the BBC

In the on-stage video, the swastika, the World War II-era icon of the Nazis and a symbol of white supremacists, appears on the forehead of French politician Marine Le Pen.

"There seems to be a growing intolerance around the world," Madonna said in the new interview. "In Greece, France, everywhere people are trying to kick out all the immigrants, make people cover up and not show what their religious affiliation is."

The video appeared during previous tour stops before making a controversial appearance during a French performance on July 14. The "MDNA" tour also saw her continue to include a show section with guns at a Edinburgh, Scotland performance that came in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado massacre.

"Art is there to track what's going on in the world, to make social commentary," she said. "I think you're not an artist if you're not dissecting and deconstructing ideas."

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