Madonna Slammed For Photoshopping Black Leaders’ Pictures To Promote Album
Madonna sparked controversy on Friday when she photoshopped pictures of iconic black leaders and posted them on social media to promote her upcoming album Rebel Heart. The singer was slammed on Twitter after sharing the manipulated photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Bob Marley wrapped in black cord to mimic the cover image of her album.
Madonna captioned the photo of King, “This #rebelheart had a dream!” For Mandela she wrote, “This #rebelheart fought for freedom!” And for Marley she added, “This #rebelheart sang about ONE LOVE!” Last month, Madonna shared similarly photoshopped images of Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga.
Both fans and critics took to Twitter on Friday to blast the pop star for the controversial photos. “Madonna has just assured that if I see her CD in stores, I will hide them all behind Rihanna albums,” one person tweeted. Another noted, “Surely Madonna must be rich enough to hire people who get paid full time to stop her from being this embarrassing.” One commenter simply asked the singer, “Can u not? Love, Everyone.”
Madonna may have been prepared for the negative backlash. A day before posting the questionable photos, she shared a message on Instagram that read: “Dear haters, I have so much MORE for you to be mad at… Be patient!” The pop star, of course, is no stranger to controversy. In early December, she outraged fans when she compared the leak of her upcoming album to “rape” and “terrorism.” And last January, she apologized after using the N-word to caption an Instagram photo of her (white) son Rocco. See the photos below from Madonna’s latest stunt, and tell us what you think.