Madonna Gives Crying Speech Supporting Paris Victims And ISIS?

Madonna Gives Crying Speech Supporting Paris Victims And ISIS?

Celebrities around the world used their stages, cameras and social media time this weekend, to show their support for the people of Paris, following the horrific attacks there on Friday, November the 13th. Most have done the appropriate thing and kept their words to a minimum, insuring that the attention stays on the victims and the country of France. But as sometimes happens (even with the best of intentions), some turn these events in attention seeking, self-serving moments to show how special they are for being compassionate or to push their own agenda.

Madonna made us question if this was true of her, after watching her address concert goers just one day after the attacks.

Taking advantage of the massive crowd in attendance at her concert on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden – the pop singer stopped her concert half way through to address the crowd and to give what initially looked like a show of support for the people of Paris.

Handing off her guitar and looking a bit emotional, the “Like A Virgin” singer stood in front of the mic and waited for the crowd to quiet. She then stated to the audience, “I feel torn. Like, why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones. However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won’t let them. We will never let them!

Between some tears and at times appearing to struggle to find the correct word, Madonna continued, “I was going to cancel my show tonight but then I thought to myself, ‘Why should I give that to them? Why should I allow them to stop me and to stop us from enjoying freedom?”

All of the places where people were killed were places where people were having fun. People were enjoying themselves, eating in restaurants, dancing, singing, watching a soccer match. These are freedoms that we take for granted, of course and we must not – but they’re freedoms that we deserve. We work hard and we deserve to have fun, and there is no one in this world that should have the right to stop us from doing what we love.

Madonna Speaks to The Crowd In Stockholm About Paris

Had she stopped at this point, it would have just sounded like a strained attempt of showing solidarity with the French, while labeling the attackers – uh, freedom takers? But, she had more to say.

There are people who have no respect for human life, and there are people that do atrocious, degrading and unforgivable things to other 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 that we treat one another on a daily basis“.

She continued, “We must start treating every human being with dignity and respect, and this the only thing that will change the world”.

Madonna then finished her speech with these closing words, “Only love will change the world, but it’s very hard to love unconditionally, and it’s very hard to love that which we do not understand or that which is different than we are, but we have to or this will go on and on forever.”

I may be going out on a limb here, but I believe she is referencing the Paris attacks when she says, “THIS will go on and on forever”. At which point it would be completely reasonable to assume, that she’s implying that even those who were brutally murdered Friday night, were part of those needing to “change” themselves. That the drive or motive, conscious or unconscious for the attackers, ultimately stems from not being accepted for being different.

In case the 57 year old pop singer (who has spent her career singing and doing things that have been extremely offensive to people within different religious groups) doesn’t understand, ISIS isn’t concerned about how you treat them. These extremists are not looking to be “accepted” or “loved unconditionally” – they want to remove us from the face of the earth. Which is exactly what they did to over 120 people, in the city of Paris this past week. People they didn’t know, and most likely never had any chance at all to show them acceptance, one way or the other.

The fact that she took up the role of teacher, to tell those within earshot that THEY need to change, is utter and despicable bulls**t. It’s as bad as actor Mark Ruffalo reminding people to not “lose their humanity or tolerance”, at the very moment bodies of innocent people covered the floors of six different venues.

These are clear examples of the kind of reckless rhetoric that come from people who have access to the masses and think it gives them a license to speak, regardless if it’s inappropriate. In other words, we paid the price of the ticket to hear you sing, fans follow you because you play a pretend character in a movie, not to hear you preach.

Multiple other media outlets are covering the first segment of Madonna’s speech from Saturday night, crediting her for her show of sympathy and support; and that’s fine. To leave out the second portion, where she gives her two-cents worth of both the cause and the remedy is incomplete reporting. On top of that, it’s an insult to the French people; they should get an apology, for the stupid crap the American entertainer was saying.

Shouldn’t she be telling those responsible, to “change”? That we call on THEM to be accepting of US. Aren’t they the ones who have lost their humanity and tolerance? We asked in an earlier piece if Mark Ruffalo had got it wrong with his Twitter post on Friday night, or was it just plain bad timing. The answer of course to both his moment of “support” and Madonna’s is, yes; it was bad timing and wrong.

Whether they were directing their ideals towards those actually impacted by the attacks or to those of us on the outside, it doesn’t matter. The victims surely aren’t to blame. The families and friends of those lost don’t need a lesson on how to, “be nice, even when you’re angry” either. In fact, there may not be a group of people on the planet that need any admonishing at all following these atrocities; oh, except the ones who did the killing.

The real audacity of this whole moment of “support” from Madonna, is the song she choose to sing following it.

“Like A Prayer” was released back in 1989 and was the title track from her fourth studio album. The singer co-wrote the song with Patrick Leonard. It converts spiritual terms used to describe something religious, into a description of something sexual. If you were around during the time period when the song was released, you’ll remember how offensive it was to the Catholic Church. The official video for the song showed things like burning crosses and the singer in a lusty encounter with a man who appeared to be Jesus. That led to Pepsi dropping the use of the song from their TV ad, after a boycott was called on their products.

So, following a grand speech about how those of us who aren’t taking the lives of innocent people need to “change” – so that those who are will eventually stop; she invited the crowd to sing along to a song she wrote that offended an entire religious group.

If she was still the horny, attention grabbing newcomer, humping her wedding dress on stage to get noticed, I may understand her lapse in judgment. She is not. At almost 60 years old and knowing very well, not only the access she has to that “open mic”, but the reach of her voice – this is a moment when she should have known better.

Some of things spoken at the start, were fine.

The moment of silence, wonderful.

But the lesson, was inappropriate and wrong.

As for as the song choice; well, that was just plain hypocritical.

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