On Saturday evening, Madonna gave what some people consider the most impressive, relevant, and emotional performance of her 33-year career in Sweden. A clip where Madonna emotionally moved 40,000 people with her thoughts about Paris, not letting terrorists stop us from having fun, and about being kind to one another went viral.
“There are people who have no respect for human life, and there are people that do atrocious, degrading and unforgivable things to human beings. But we will never, ever, ever change this world that we live in if we do not change ourselves. If we do not change the way we treat one another on a daily basis. The way we change the world is not to elect another president, not to kill a hundred more people. The way we change the world is that we change the way we treat one another on a daily basis, in the simplest ways,” Madonna said, before launching into an acoustic version of “Like a Prayer.”
While some may believe it’s naïve to think that being good to each other will change the world, Madonna didn’t say that we should hug the terrorists and be nice to them. However, many sites would have you believe that Madonna is a terrorist supporter. Shockingly, Gossip Cop, a site that puts fires on the type of articles that slander celebrities, was the first site that started the “Madonna Loves Terrorists” campaign.
“Madonna Wrong To Think Terrorists Will Stop By Giving Them ‘Dignity And Respect’ And ‘Love Unconditionally,’ ” the title of their article read.
Then, the article accused Madonna of saying we should love terrorists. Many people who commented after the article were angry about what they perceived as libelous accusations.
“Gossip Cop purposely took an amazing speech and twisted it all for the sake of generating page hits. You guys should be ashamed… This is one of the most dangerous examples of clickbait I have ever seen,” said Yakov Sanberg.
The article quickly spread to the Drudge Report, which said that Madonna thinks we should “love ISIS away.” Then, right wing media outlets condemned Madonna as if she was a terrorist herself. The news quickly spread to Fox News, with commenters all day condemning Madonna’s “ignorance.” It reached a peak on Bill O’Reilly’s show Tuesday night. To his credit, however, Bill didn’t accuse Madonna of saying we should love terrorists. The Wrap quotes O’Reilly talking about Madonna’s speech.
“So Bernie, if only you would be a nicer guy, ISIS would retreat,” O’Reilly sarcastically asked Bernard Goldberg, who agreed that Madonna had nice sentiments, but was naïve and unrealistic.
Both then condemned a CNN anchor for saying that going to war would make things even worse. For the past couple of nights, Bill O’Reilly has been condemning left-wing politicians and entertainers for speaking their minds about the terrorist attacks. He has also condemned President Obama for allegedly not doing enough.
Besides the criticism from right-wing outlets, Madonna has also earned a lot of praise from the general public. Most of the reactions to her speech on Twitter were positive.
What do you think of Madonna’s speech. Do you think Madonna ever intended to say we should love ISIS? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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