Singer-songwriter Madonna received backlash over the weekend for her borderline-threatening comments at a Women’s March rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, even catching the attention of the United States Secret Service. But the singer, who is most known for her work in the 1980s, says that she was merely misunderstood.
After a tirade of angry curse words and lamenting over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s loss, Madonna made a remark that left many unsettled. “Yes I’m angry, yes I’m outraged, yes I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” Madonna expressed to thousands of protesters. “But I know that this won’t change anything.”
Many expressed outrage at her comments, insisting that if she were not a celebrity, she would have been arrested for inciting violence. And although Madonna’s comments directly referred to violent acts, the singer said late Sunday that she wasn’t actually condoning violence, and that her comments were a message of love.
“I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person,” Madonna wrote on her Instagram account. “I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s [sic] entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.”
Madonna claimed she was only “speaking in metaphor,” and added, “I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love.”
Yesterday’s Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context. My speech began with ” I want to start a revolution of love.” ♥️ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting “we choose love”. ♥️♥️♥️♥️ #revoltutionoflove♥️#revolutionoflove♥️*******************************************************
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The 58-year-old mother of four grabbed attention during the 2016 presidential election when she posted a topless picture on Twitter in a now-deleted tweet, saying, “Im voting naked with Katy Perry!! Vote for Hillary. She’s the Best we got!. Nude Voting series # 1 [sic].”