Pop singer Madonna caused outrage when she stated on Jan. 21 during the Women's March on Washington that she thought about blowing up the White House (video below).
Madonna, who sprinkled the fiery speech with profanity, said: "Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair," notes Gossip Cop.
The veteran star sang her hit "Express Yourself" and said she would sing another song to someone who sounded like President Donald Trump: "I can’t even say his name. This song is dedicated to the new DT in the White House. D could stand for d***, I don’t know."
One of the people outraged by Madonna's White House comments was evangelist Franklin Graham, who spoke at Trump's inauguration. Graham blasted Madonna on Facebook on Jan. 22:
What do you think about Madonna's comments at the #WomensMarch and protest rally in Washington this past weekend? She said she was "angry" and "outraged," but she didn't stop there -- she went on to say she had "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."
Excuse me? Blow up the White House? That’s a direct threat to the President of the United States and might've landed anyone else in jail. She should be ashamed. The vulgarity in her program was terrible, but this is crossing another line and it's wrong.
I hope that the Secret Service does take action to let her know how serious this really is. We certainly don’t need those in the spotlight encouraging violence, we need to pull together as a nation. It’s a new day. With God’s help and mercy we can make changes for the better.
Madonna clarified her comments on Instagram on Jan. 22:
Yesterday's rally was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed "Express Yourself" and that's exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.
My speech began with "I want to start a revolution of love." I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things -- one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt.
However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting "we choose love."