Oh, good. More controversy! After some drama in seemingly every city she’s stopped in, Madonna caught some flack for the violent imagery of her MDNA show, which features gun a-blazin’ during the segment of the show containing her equally trigger-happy song “Gang Bang.” Why’s everyone so mad at Madge this time? Well, this particular show was in Colorado, where the tragic Aurora massacre took place in a movie theater just three months ago.
A Denver news station said that at least 20 complaints were made from fans upset by the imagery, and there were also walkouts (though they may not have been related to the guns).
Madonna’s rep Liz Rosenberg said via email: “I do not see any connection. This is just the media trying to make a story when there isn’t. There are always issues that people want to blame Madonna about.”
And Madge herself already spoke about the use of firearms in her show previously: “It’s true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns — but they are used as metaphors. I do not condone violence or the use of guns.”
We’ve all seen photos of the guns already, and it’s no surprise that Madge didn’t change her show for this one performance. So we saw this one coming. Though it may have been wise for Madonna to make a statement of some kind to at least acknolwedge the issue.
Do you think Madonna’s use of guns in Colorado was insensitive?