Madonna aspires to be like Gandhi

Feb. 16, 2007 at 2:20 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Pop star Madonna, who left the United States for Britain, says she strives to be more like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. or John Lennon.

Madonna, who angered church leaders with a controversial crucifixion scene on her most recent tour, said, "For me, we all need to be Jesus in our time," People magazine reported.

"I want to be like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and John Lennon -- but I want to stay alive," the singer said during an interview Wednesday on Sirius Satellite Radio, which will be rebroadcast Saturday.

She defended the scene, which also featured video images of AIDS orphans in Africa, saying, "Jesus' message was to love your neighbor as yourself, and these are people in need. I hope that people got that message."

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