Cologne (kath.net) An inverted cross is on the Panda mask of rapper Cro, with the WDR [West Deutscher Rundfunk is a radio broadcaster.] advertisement for its music channel "1-live." The advertising has been seed frequently in the Cologne area in March. A reader wrote kath.net that he had felt the inverted cross to be an aggressive anti-Christian symbol. Also the reader explained that he had the writen WDR, the GEZ Agency and the Catholic and Protestant churches of Cologne with a request for comments, but they had not answered him.
The musician has been wearing panda masks for years as a trademark. Then the inverted crosses are partly for at times more subtle, partly more powerful presentation. Mostly he uses masks without inverted cross, the WDR would therefore also have available imagery, that would not have been offensive to Christians.
The musician has already been criticized several times over the years on the inverted cross. The characters look "so cool," he said at one point. To the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" he explained in an interview in 2012: "This is completely pointless and has no meaning at all. Initially, the mask was so empty, then there was a thick black pen and now the cross is there." Two years later, he explained at the Openair Festival Frauenfeld. "I was at a party and we were all drunk and in the morning I woke up and had a cross on my forehead," as he pointed to the inverted cross on his Panda mask.
In Christian culture the inverted cross is often a sign of negation of Christianity or as a satanic symbol.
See also the article on the WDR site.