Some concertgoers are upset with Madonna for using fake guns on stage during her show in Denver, the Huffington Post reports.
The Material Girl has used guns in all of the stops on her MDNA tour, but her use of them in Colorado struck many as insensitive, given the theater shooting that took place in Aurora five months ago.
Just 36 hours after the shooting, Madonna performed in Scotland with her AK47 assault rifle and pistols, even after being warned by police not to use the props.
Scotland had its own massacre in 1996 when a a 43-year-old gunman entered Dunblane Primary School, armed with four handguns, and killed sixteen children and one adult before killing himself.
Graeme Pearson, a Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament, said, “It’s crass and insensitive and with Scotland’s own gun tragedy at Dunblane, she should have known better.”
A spokeswoman for Mothers Against Guns said after the Scotland concert, “Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste, but given what happened in Colorado, it is even worse. She should know better.”
Madonna tried to explain her use of guns in a tour “manifesto” that was obtained by Billboard.com. She wrote:
“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.
Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging.”
9NEWS in Denver said they received several calls Thursday night and Friday morning from concertgoers who were offended at the 53-year-old singer’s use of guns and violence.
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