Madonna Defends Her Speech: I Don't Condone Violence

Line about 'blowing up the White House' taken out of context, she says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2017 4:29 PM CST
Madonna Defends Her Speech: I Don't Condone Violence
Madonna on stage during the women's march in DC on Jan. 21.   (Jose Luis Magana)

Madonna is defending her fiery, expletive-laden speech at the women's march Saturday in Washington, saying her words were "taken wildly out of context." In her speech, the singer said that she had at times been angry after the election and had thought "an awful lot about blowing up the White House," per AP. In a post Sunday on Instagram, Madonna said she wanted to clarify: "I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety (you can do so here) rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context," she wrote.

Madonna said she was trying to express that there are two ways to respond to Donald Trump's election: with hope or with anger. She said the latter won't be effective and encouraged supporters to unify in opposition to Trump in a "revolution of love." Cable news networks broadcasting her speech cut away after Madonna used expletives. MSNBC later apologized. During the speech, Madonna said to detractors of the march, "F--- you," twice. (Read more Madonna stories.)

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