Madonna Defends Gun Imagery In MDNA Tour Manifesto

With the US leg of her MDNA tour beginning Tuesday (Aug. 28) in Philadelphia, Madonna has written a tour “manifesto” to explain the controversial aspects of her show. We’re guessing that since her antics didn’t go over so well in Europe, she knew she’d have to try and minimize the fallout here in the much more uptight States (the biggest issue being the show’s use of violent imagery, which is certainly a touchy issue in the U.S. this summer). So in a savvy move, Madonna directly addressed those aspects in a lengthy discourse released to Billboard.

Madonna starts by saying the show is “a journey from darkness to light” and that the guns and violence are “a metaphor” for using nonviolence to stop the enemy “within” yourself. Not surprisingly, she also takes on “the lies and hypocrisy of the church” and “the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies” before throwing heartbreak into the mix as well.

While it’s nice to see the level of thought that went behind creating such symbolism and spectacle (however muddled the message is), we doubt this will do anything to silence Madonna’s detractors. They’re going to complain about the Material Girl’s latest moral transgressions either way. And that’s how it has always been with Madge. Perhaps she said it best at the end of the letter:

When you watch a film there are usually good guys and bad guys to help illustrate this point,
Sometimes I play both.”

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  • Dale Mackey

    Madonna has every right to keep her show intact. The hypocrisy surrounding this topic is infuriating. Why should Madonna alter her show when people are flocking to movies that are far more violent than her concert could ever be (TDKR, Expendanles 2, etc.). Instead of going after Madonna, maybe these self-righteous blowhards should call their congressmen/women and senators to demand gun control laws that aren’t written by the NRA.

  • jen

    Madonna’s concert in Vancouver is one of the most anticipated events in Canada but I think she can easily lose a lot of her Canadian fans if she continues to behave the same way as she did during her concert in Philadelphia. People had to wait for her for more than two hours and many of them left the Wells Fargo Center before the show even began. A fundamental change of her approach in this regard would definitely be a good idea.