Madonna has hit back at the backlash following her photoshopping the photos of Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela to promote her new album Rebel Heart, saying that it was never intended to insult anyone … and that she was not even the one that altered the photos.
Madonna has been under fire since Friday after posting photos of MLK, Mandela and Bob Marley with their faces tied with black string – just like the album art of Rebel Heart – respectively calling them rebel hearts who ‘had a dream,’ ‘fought for freedom’ and ‘sang about ONE LOVE.’
Many fans blasted her for comparing herself to the late legends and insulting their reputation, with some even resolving to quit following her altogether. But on Saturday, Madge took to Facebook to defend herself:
I’m not comparing my self to anyone
I’m admiring and acknowledging there (sic) Rebel Hearts
This is neither a crime or an insult or racist!
I also did it with Michael Jackson and frida khalo and marilyn monroe
Am I saying I am them
I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too.
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 these 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 do you think?