Madonna took to Instagram earlier this week to pay tribute to the lives lost during the recent tragedy in Manchester. However, after sharing a photo of herself and Ariana Grande, the singer faced backlash from her fans and followers.
On May 23, Madonna joined several other singers, including Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, and Halsey, and spoke of the alleged terrorist attack on social media.
“Thank Goodness my friend is O’K. Lets all pray for the innocent victims who are not ok. For their families and for Manchester,” Madonna wrote in the caption of her post.
Immediately after Madonna’s photo was shared, several commenters weighed in on the post, asking why she and other celebrities have chosen to share “stupid and disrespectful party photos” with the 23-year-old singer. Some even pointed out that Grande is fine and mentioned her recent flight home to the United States on a private jet.
The attack occurred at the Manchester Arena on Monday night just moments after Ariana Grande completed her show. When all was said and done, 22 innocent people, including young children, lost their lives during the attack, while several others were left injured and many remained missing.
In addition to being labeled “vain,” among other things, Madonna faced tons of harsh comments from her fans and followers on Instagram.
“Being thankful that Ariana is [okay] should have come at the end of her post, it should have been respect for the dead children that should be foremost in people’s minds not being thankful that [your] multi $ [celebrity] friend is safe, very selfish post by Madonna,” one person wrote, according to a May 24 report by the Daily Mail.
“This post was so damn unnecessary!!! Think more before you post this kind of s***!!! Over the top narcissistic,” another said.
“[Madonna] should NOT use such a tragedy for self-promotion!!! Another picture and words would fit better!!!!” a third added.
Not only were fans upset at the caption of the photo, they also took offense to the photo Madonna chose to share, which featured Ariana Grande giving a kiss and a wink to the camera. Although Madonna may not have meant to offend anyone, many felt the happy photo was inappropriate due to the devastation that occurred.
Madonna isn’t the first celebrity to offend fans with their Instagram tribute. Just one day ago, it was Kim Kardashian who faced backlash after posting a photo of herself, her sister, Kendall Jenner, and Ariana Grande in what appeared to be a nightclub with model Hailey Baldwin.
While Kim Kardashian included kind words for the victims of the Manchester tragedy, her fans and followers criticized her for the photo she selected, which many felt served as self-promotion for the longtime Keeping Up with the Kardashians star.
“I’m praying for everyone in Manchester. This is truly so senseless and heart breaking. I can’t imagine the fear and agony these parents must be going through searching for their kids,” she wrote in her now-deleted post. “Concerts are supposed to be a place where [you] can let loose and have fun. It’s so scary to not feel safe in this world. My heart goes out to [Ariana Grande]. I love you.”
Although Kim Kardashian later appeared to regret her post when she suddenly removed the photo from her Instagram and Twitter pages, Madonna has left her tribute post to the Manchester victims on her page. And as time continues, so has the backlash.
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