Pop diva Madonna and controversy aren’t strangers; they’re BFFs (their long history together includes that onstage smooch with Britney Spears, her book “SEX,” or that time the Vatican condemned one of her videos). So it kind of feels like we’re back in the 1980s now that former House speaker Newt Gingrich is blasting the singer — only now, Madonna is explaining herself on Instagram.
A recap: At Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington, Madonna was Madonna, all f-bombs and whatnot, singing a song with lyrics like “Donald Trump, suck my d—!” All fine. But her comment about having “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” fired up the old outrage-at-Madonna-machine.
Pearls were clutched. Breitbart News “reported” that the FBI was investigating. And Gingrich, during an appearance on Fox News Monday, said she should be arrested.
Her Madge-esty, though, posted a clarification on Instagram. “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,” she wrote, noting that she began by calling for a “revolution of love.”
As for blowing up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Madonna explains: “I spoke in metaphor.”
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♥️*******************************************************