Madonna Pulls a Janet Jackson in Istanbul

The Material Girl flashed a crowd during a strip tease-themed act Thursday

Madonna pulled a stunt out of the Janet Jackson playbook Thursday, ripping down her bra in front of a packed (and camera-carrying) audience during a world tour stop in Istanbul.

Unlike Jackson, however, who painted her Super Bowl over-exposure as a wardrobe malfunction, Madonna worked her flash into a deliberate strip tease-themed performance.

The 53-year-old pop icon began her "Human Nature" number fully clothed in black pants and white shirt, and slowly undressed, capping the act with the buzz-fueling flash.

Just a week earlier, the godmother of boundary-pushing performance, stirred up controversy after she used an image of a swastika atop the forehead of French National Front party darling Marine Le Pen, during a concert in Tel Aviv.

Le Pen, who has battled against accusations of anti-Semitism through much of her political career, struck back, telling the Daily Mail that "We understand how old singers who need to get people talking about them go to such extremes." Asked if she'd sue Madonna, she said if she pulled a similar stunt in France "we'll be waiting."

Madonna's tour promoting her lastest album, "MDNA," moves to Rome Tuesday—a city with a rich history of dealing with Madonna antics.

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