Madonna Receives Backlash After Women’s March Speech
Women all over the world were united on Saturday, January 21.
Millions took part in women’s marches in various cities across the globe to stand up for women’s rights and equality after President-elect Donald Trump was sworn into office.
Joining the thousands of women and men in Washington D.C. was pop icon Madonna, who took to the stand to make an empowering speech to the crowd.
She spoke out in support of women’s equality, but shocked listeners when she made the controversial claim that she’s ‘thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House’.
Social media was full of criticism for the Material Girl singer’s comments, as well as live TV networks abruptly stopping their coverage of the show after she made the shocking claim.
Madonna has since taken to her Instagram account to defend herself, asking people not to take what she said so literally.
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.
The 58-year old continued to reassure her followers that the comment was more of an expression of what women shouldn’t do; they shouldn’t let their anger overcome their rational decisions.
She went on,
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.
The music legend concluded saying what an honour it was to be part of the monumental event.
Other female celebrities at the Women’s March in Washington were Scarlett Johansson and America Ferrera.