Leave it to the Material Girl to cause controversy in the middle of a political rally.
Ever since Madonna chose to get into American politics by lending her support to then-Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, she’s been making statements that raise eyebrows. Now that the election is not only won, but Republican candidate Donald J Trump has been sworn in as President, Madonna still doesn’t seem to have had enough of the spotlight on her.
During the Women’s March on Washington that took place this weekend, more than 200,000-300,000 people, mostly women, took to the streets to protest and gain back their reproductive rights. As you recall, Trump said he was going to overturn Roe v. Wade which meant that women would curb women’s rights on healthcare and reproduction. In support of women like themselves, celebrities made it to the streets, arriving with their own placards and making speeches in front of the hundreds of thousands of protestors.
Among them, was Madonna. Taking to the stage, mic in hand, she first performed her hit single – Express Yourself. And then she went on to seriously, and controversially express what she was thinking and feeling –
Welcome to the revolution of love. To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger but all marginalized people. Where people uniquely different might be considered a crime. It took us this darkness to wake us the f*ck up.
It seems as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort. That justice would prevail and that good would win in the end. Well, good did not win this election but good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are all far from the end. Today marks the beginning, the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here. The fight for the right to be free, to be who we are, to be equal. Let’s march together through this darkness, and with each step. Know that we are not afraid. That we are not alone, that we will not back down. That there is power in our unity, and that no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity.
And to our true detractors that insist that this March will never add up to anything, f*ck you. F*ck you. It is the beginning of much-needed change. Change that will require sacrifice, people. Change that will require many of us to make choices in our lives, but this is the hallmark of revolution. So my question to you today is: Are you ready? I said, are you ready? Say yes, we are ready. Say yes, we are ready. One more time: you’re ready.
Yes, I am angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As a poet, W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II: We must love one another or die.
I choose love. Are you with me? Say this with me: we choose love. We choose love. We choose love.
Of course, that last paragraph got everyone’s attention. The statement made by Madonna about wanting to blow up the White House. CNN was so shocked by the statement, that they cut off the live coverage of her speech mid-way. And if the headlines are to be believed, the CIA has started to investigate the pop star, based on her sentence. Everything else she said is forgotten.
Because of the backlash that she received from that one line, Madonna took to Instagram later to clarify what she said. Her caption says –
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♥️*******************************************************
It’s left to be seen if a social media post is taken seriously by official authorities and whether this whole shenanigan will be forgotten, and the real reason for the March be taken into consideration. Depend on a celebrity to bring about positive change without causing controversy in the bargain!