Madonna Strikes Back At ‘Misinterpreted’ Instagram Post Controversy

Madonna’s Instagram post on Friday morning caused loads of criticism and controversy. For weeks, Madonna’s fans have been reposting her Rebel Heart album cover superimposed on historical figures they consider outspoken and courageous. These are people Madonna fans consider civil rights heroes. Needless to say, the social justice warriors had a field day when Madonna reposted fan pictures on Instagram that contained famous African Americans such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Bob Marley wearing the Rebel Heart chords on their faces.

Ironically, those who accused Madonna of being “intolerant” spread completely misogynistic, ageist, and vile messages about the singer. Madonna must have read them because she had a response on Facebook.

“I’m sorry. I’m not comparing my self to anyone. I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts. This is niether a crime or an insult or racist! I also did it with Michael jaclson and frida khalo and marilyn monroe. Am I saying I am them NO. I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too.”

It appears that Madonna may need some spelling lessons, though fans are proud that she made the statement. Several fans told Madonna how much of an inspiration she is, how much she has done for gay rights, and how much of a freedom fighter she has been. Madonna told her fans that she isn’t even close to being the freedom fighter that people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela were.

“These people are all Rebel Hearts in one way or another from Martin Luther King to Jesus to Nelson Mandela to John Lennon. YES! Lets celebrate them! The world needs more people like them. I hope to one day accomplish. 1 100th of what these Rebel Hearts have accomplished.”

Madonna’s Instagram has been riled with controversy over the past year. While some of it is well deserved, much of it appears to be people looking to get mad at something. For example, when Madonna jokingly posted a picture of her “Like a Virgin” era self with photoshopped armpit hair, obviously referring to the time Playboy published old pictures when she had hairy armpits, she was still wildly criticized. Same thing happened when she wore an awful outfit on Instagram, joking that she was turned down from attending the MET Gala because of it.

It would be great if the social justice warriors spent their time combatting true racism rather than targeting a pop star who obviously isn’t. Madonna may be arrogant at times, but her previous work fought against racism at a time when it wasn’t considered trendy. Do you think Madonna was being insensitive in her Instagram post? Do you think Madonna may need a new social media manager?

[Photo Credit: Interscope Records]

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