MUSIC NEWS- Madonna hit Instagram yesterday to post more pictures of iconic figures photoshopped with her Rebel Heart artwork, but this time she received significant negative reactions. The pictures she chose to use were of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr and Bob Marley, and many fans felt that equating a music album to the work of these revolutionary world figures was inappropriate.
After the outcry, Madonna issued a statement on her Facebook, and tried to explain her reasoning behind the posts and added that she wasn’t comparing herself to these figures. “I would like to thank all my fans for recreating my album cover with the Rebel Heart ribbon on the faces of so many Great Hero’s [sic],” she wrote. “It shows that you are also celebrating and in admiration of these great freedom fighters! When I repost these images i am saying YES! 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. As I Said in a previous post “I walk in the footsteps of Giants” and i will continue to do so G*D willing. They are my guiding light. #rebelheart #livingforlove” -Madonna”
She also posted a separate apology, stating that her fans created the photos and that she admires these figures above all-
“I’m sorry. I’m not comparing my self to anyone. I’m admiring and acknowledging there [sic] Rebel Hearts. This is niether [sic] a crime or an insult or racist! I also did it with Michael jaclson [sic] and frida khalo [sic] and marilyn monroe. Am I say I am them, NO. I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too. And I didn’t do it, my fans did. And I just re-posted those photos. My fans aren’t racist either. If they put me in the same category as those other people, Thank you. I’m very flattered and I hope one day to live up to 1/100th of what those people accomplished.”
What's your opinion, did Madonna step over the line? Is an apology enough?