It seems Madonna can't stay out of the line of fire, and one has to wonder why no one in her inner circle is advising her to refrain from using tragedies in current events to promote her Rebel Heart album. Madonna has been aggressive in her promotion of her latest album and no one can fault her for that, but her poor choices are leading to attacks from her own fans, as well as from bloggers and journalists throughout the internet community.
This latest bout of trouble began for Madonna, now 56, when she likened the theft of her Rebel Heart tracks to terrorism and rape, after she was targeted in the Sony hacks. Matters worsened, when the singer/songwriter posted pictures of Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, and John Lennon, among others, with their faces bound Madonna's own face on her Rebel Heart's album cover. Again, the media, as well as fans, criticized the singer for comparing herself to such historical figures.
It seemed all of this bad press was about to finally blow over, when Madonna again made headlines for using the Charlie Hebdo massacre to promote Rebel Heart, reportsFox News. Specifically, Madonna posted a photograph of protesters carrying signs with the words "Je Suis Charlie" written on them, protesting the recent violence in France. That isn't so bad, right? Madonna even captioned the picture with inspirational words of peace, and that alone might have been well received, but for the hashtags attached at the end of the caption.
"These are very scary times we are living in. Ignorance breeds Intolerance and fear. We can only fight darkness with light! We are all Charlie! #revolutionoflove ❤#rebelhearts."
One of the songs included on the Rebel Heart album is "Revolution of Love," which was mentioned in the above hashtags. The Daily Mail reports that another track, "Living for Love," was mentioned in a second photograph posted to Madonna's Instagram account.
"We must respect AlL religions! But we must also RESPECT human life!! Killing in the name of G*D is man's idea not G*D's!!!!#livingforlove #rebelheart"
Fans of the queen of pop have not been silent, commenting to Madonna's posts and letting her know that this type of promotion is unacceptable to many of them. The media has been just as forthcoming in their criticisms of Madonna, regarding her Rebel Heart promotion tactics.
Among Madonna's most vocal critics is Maitri Mehta, a writer for Bustle, who wrote the following.
"Like I said before, I assume her intentions were good. But, if I've said it once, I've said it a million times: intent doesn't matter or count for much when you are an offending party. The wake of a tragedy is no time for self-promotion."
These posts were made to Madonna's Instagram account three days ago, but she has made no reply to her critics as of yet. In any case, one can guess what type of response can be expected. Although Madonna has yet to respond to these latest criticisms, she did issue a statement in response to accusations that she was comparing herself to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr, as well as others.
"I'm sorry. I'm not comparing my self to anyone. I'm admiring and acknowledging there (sic) Rebel Hearts."
In the future, it might be best for Madonna to act through a publicist, or perhaps a social media guru, lest the public remembers Madonna more for her social media blunders than for the quality music we have all come to expect from her.
This past December, the Inquisitr provided a more detailed look at Madonna's leaked songs.