Singer slammed by fans over “disrespectful” images

Madonna is certainly no stranger to controversy, so we can’t say we’re too surprised by her latest stunt.

The legendary singer has come under fire for tweeting doctored photos of historical icons Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela in a bid to promote her new album, Rebel Heart.

The original cover artwork for the record shows Madonna with a black string tied around her face. In an extremely questionable move, Madonna retweeted photos of King, Mandela and Bob Marley, among others, substituted into the photo by her fans.


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Under the image of King with the string around his face, the singer wrote: “This rebel heart had a dream!”

Needless to say, the 56-year-old came in for serious criticism over the images, with many of her followers branding her “disrespectful” and “desperate”.

One Twitter user wrote: “This is not beautiful. This is disrespectful, and distasteful. How dare you?”


Real Rebels think for themselves! Real Rebels respect ART! Real Rebels are Rebels in their #rebelheart

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Indeed, the Hung Up singer was forced to issue a public apology on her Facebook page shortly after, in which she insisted that she merely wished to ‘admire and acknowledge the rebel hearts’ of the icons in her photos.

“I didn’t do it, my fans did. And I just re-posted those photos,” she wrote, adding, “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 [one hundredth] of what those people accomplished.”

Well, they don't call her controversial for nothing!