Madonna: I’m Sorry For Photoshopped Pics Of Black Leaders In Rebel Heart Posts, But My Fans and I Are NOT Racist!

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Madonna Racist

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Madonna has apologized after posting a series of Photoshopped images of black leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela to promote her upcoming album Rebel Heart. As Gossip Cop reported on Friday, the pop singer was slammed by Twitter and Facebook users after she shared various pictures in which the faces of famous historical figures were wrapped in black cord to mimic the Rebel Heart cover art. See below.

She captioned the photo of King, “This #rebelheart had a dream!” For Mandela she wrote, “This #rebelheart fought for freedom!” And for Bob 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. The new pictures sparked huge online backlash, though, with observers criticizing Madonna for seemingly comparing herself to champions of civil rights.

Overnight, Madonna responded on Facebook. In a statement, she explained, “I’m sorry. I’m not comparing myself to anyone… I’m admiring and acknowledging there (sic) Rebel Hearts. This is neither a crime or an insult or racist! I also did it with Michael Jackson and Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe. Am I saying I am them? NO. I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too.”

She continued, “And I didn’t do it. My fans did. And I just re posted those photos. My fans aren’t racist either if they put me in the same category as these other people. Thank you. I’m very flattered and I hope one day to live up to 1 100th of what those people accomplished.” What do you think of Madonna’s explanation?

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