That Madonna. She is a normal human being who acts in normal ways that are always intelligent. Right? Or maybe I’m thinking of someone else, because the Madonna that I know would never go onstage waving a prop gun at a Colorado concert, where a tragic movie theater shooting in Aurora took place mere months ago. But this one did! During the song ‘Gang Bang’, Madonna faked shooting a masked man also holding a gun in the head and climbed up a blood-spattered wall. It has a semi-correlation to the song that was playing, which includes the lyric, ‘shot my lover in the head’, but it also had a definite correlation to the tragedy on July 20th, when a masked gunman used a real gun to kill 12 people and wound another 58 during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora.
And this isn’t just bloggers picking up a story of an artist maybe just having a lapse in judgement and running with it, either. According to reports, a lot of people at the concert itself were really uncomfortable and offended. One man who was at the concert, Aaron Fransua, told AP:
“We’re dancing and all of a sudden people started realizing what the song was. We all just stood there. Everybody who was around me all had shock on their face. I heard a lot of ‘wows’.”
Another, Peter Burns, a personality for a local radio station who lost a close friend in the tragedy, said:
“You could see people kinda looking at each other. I heard the word ‘Colorado,’ you know, ‘Aurora,’ ‘shooting.’ You could hear people talking about it and it was little bit unsettling. I saw two or three people get up and grab their stuff and actually leave their seats.”
Come on, Madonna. You’re not seriously gonna say this was just chance. You guys had months to notice the similarities between your act and the show, and to pull it. The fact that it’s still in there means that it was intentional — you wanted the shock value, and for everyone to be talking about your concert the next day, even if the music wasn’t memorable.
And after all this, you’d think that Madonna and her team would at least have the decency to respond sympathetically to peoples’ understandable sensitivity, but instead her representative, Liz Rosenberg explained why it was super completely necessary to leave that part of the show in, saying, “It’s like taking the third act out of Hamlet.” Yes, that’s a good point. Because Madonna is frequently referred to as ‘The Great Bard of Our Time.’
Come on, Madonna. Maybe it’s time to sell off some of your robo-parts and buy some compassion and humility at auction. You can pay wholesale.
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