After nearly 40 years in the limelight, Madonna continues to prove ‘Express Yourself’ is more than just a classic hit for her; it – often to controversial measure – is a way of life.
Nearly two years after making headlines for using her provocative ‘God Control’ music video to advocate for the reform of gun control laws in the United States, the 62-year-old diva continues to use her platform to speak out against related injustices – namely the deaths of unarmed men of color at the hands of police.
No stranger to criticism for such statements, Madge fielded a variety of responses when she took to Instagram earlier this week to weigh in on the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright – a Black Minneapolis man who police allege was shot and killed accidentally at a traffic stop. To the surprise of many, however, one commenter’s criticism on the matter got a royal clap back from the Queen of Pop.
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As seen above, Madge took to Instagram to share the video footage of Wright’s death and the official police press conference that followed. Alongside the video, she captioned:
“This video of Daunte Wright’s shooting is deeply upsetting but equally so is Police Officer Tim Gannon’s explanation of how it was all an accident. The shooting officer had a taser in one hand and a hand gun in the other. She warned everyone she was going to taser a handcuffed. Daunte who was pulled over for a traffic violation and instead she shot and killed him! No way to fix this accident is there Tim??!! This is so infuriating and unacceptable. God Bless Daunte and his family.”
While most of the commenters agreed with her opinion, one took to the platform to say:
“I would bet you have people with guns to protect you and your family. But the little people can be left unarmed. If you take the guns away criminals will ALWAYS find weapons. The rest of us innocent people will be victims. You live behind high walls with protection. You do not live in the real world. Criminals do not fear police, judges, or jail. But if we are an armed society they would fear the victims.”
Apparently, Madonna wasn’t having it. Peep her response below:
“B*tch I don’t have any security or armed guards around me. come see me and tell me to my face how not real my world is. I dare you. You know nothing about me or my life. The only criminals I see right now are the police who are paid to protect the people. But police are protected by judges and the criminal justice system which is a joke because there is no justice if you are a person of color. Of course your name is Karen.”
B*tch, she’s Madonna!
[photo courtesy: HU]