Madonna dropped three F-bombs over the weekend on live TV, but the thing she’s getting the most blowback from is her comment that she had thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
The pop star’s spotlight moment came Saturday during her speech at the Women’s March on Washington. The speech was covered on live TV, including on CNN and MSNBC.
The portion of Madonna’s speech that appears to be getting the most attention is this one: “Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II, we must love one another or die. I choose love.”
Madonna took to Instagram on Sunday to clarify her views. Here’s what she wrote:
“Yesterday’s Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience.
“I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did.
“However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.
“My speech began with ‘I want to start a revolution of love.’ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world.
“I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love.
“It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting ‘we choose love’.
The Los Angeles Times reports that some observers reacted strongly, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich telling “Fox & Friends” that Madonna “ought to be arrested.”
The Times quotes Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, commenting on her speech on “Fox News Sunday.” Said Priebus: “Some of the things that were said yesterday, I’m not going to give the person any credit, but one of the actors said that — or one of the singers said she wanted to blow up the White House. I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama?”