Madonna upsets Denver fans with gunplay routine
Madonna has stirred up controversy in Colorado with an on-stage gunplay routine during her 'MDNA' tour, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Many fans were upset when the second act of the pop diva's 'MDNA' show included a violent routine involving prop guns and bloody imagery projected on large screens during the song "Gang Bang." The city is still reeling from a mass shooting at a local movie theatre during the summer.
"You could see people kinda looking at each other," local radio sports personality Pete Burns told the Associated Press. "I heard the word 'Colorado,' you know, 'Aurora,' 'shooting.' You could hear people talking about it, and it was little bit unsettling. I saw two or three people get up and grab their stuff and actually leave their seats.”
He added that a friend died in the movie theatre shooting. "It sort of hits closer to home for me," he said.
The well-publicized fake gun routine previously generated headlines when Scottish officially unsuccessfully tried to censor during the European leg of the 'MDNA' tour. Madonna has countered that caving to censors and removing the "Gang Bang" sequence would compromise her artistic integrity.
"It's true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns -- but they are used as metaphors," she wrote in a letter to Billboard earlier this summer. "I do not condone violence or the use of guns. Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case, it's wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken."
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